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Shopping for the Right In-home Help

By Eileen Beal, MA

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In addition, download the United Hospital Fund’s “Home Care: A Family Caregiver’s Guide” and “A Family Caregiver’s Planner for Care at Home”. Both are full of tips and strategies for running a good interview, and for addressing the challenges that could come with employing an in-home caregiver.

Additional sources and resources

Web sites

AARP: Needs Assessment checklists

Family Caregiver Alliance: Hiring in-home help

Family Caregiver Alliance: Handbook for long-distance caregivers

Books (all have excellent sections/chapters on hiring in-home care)

ElderCare 911: The Caregiver’s Complete Handbook for Making Decisions
Available here 

The Caregiver’s Helpbook: Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Available here

The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide for Caregivers, 3rd Ed Available here


Eileen Beal is a Cleveland, Ohio-based writer who has been writing about caregiver issues for more than a decade.  This article was written with the support of a MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship  grant administered through New America Media ( and the Gerontological Society of America (


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