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7 Tips for Finding a Caregiver When You Have Cerebral Palsy

Once I turned 18 years old, my parents and I decided to get a full-time caregiver so I could go to college and do activities without my parents having to worry about me and my needs. Luckily we were able to find a phenomenal nurse. Here are some tips to find the right caregiver for you when you have cerebral palsy.

1. Be straightforward about the tasks you need to be done.  You want to make sure they understand what is expected of them.

2. Take it one day at a time. The process of finding a caregiver can be mentally and emotionally exhausting — be patient and take it one day at a time.

3. Do a background check and research on the potential caregiver you are looking to hire.  It will show if the person has a criminal history. Check their social media to make sure you don’t see any red flags.

4. Do a trial period with the potential caregiver. It’s the perfect way to see if you will get along with the person and the way they operate. If you don’t feel they are a match, you can let them go.

5. Set boundaries when it comes to your relationship with your caregiver. Although it is great to be able to get along with your caregiver, it’s very important to set boundaries between your personal and professional relationships.

6. Be patient with the potential caregiver during the training process. Just as you are new to having someone around you and taking care of you, your caregiver is getting to know you and learning how to support you.

7. Have a monthly discussion with your caregiver about how things are going. Setting aside time to talk can help make sure you are both on the same page and there are no miscommunications. You don’t want to have any grudges or stress building up between you and your caregiver.

Hiring a caregiver can be tough, but I hope these tips will help you find the right person for you and your needs.

Getty image by Anna Stills.