When Jacci Perry-Ryan’s father fell and broke a hip, she did what most adult children do. She hired a home healthcare agency, trusting that their caregivers had been thoroughly vetted. After all, they were taking care of vulnerable elder people. But nothing could have been further from the truth. In fact, an unscrupulous caregiver manipulated her father out of thousands of dollars. And this is a common occurrence. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, more than $37 billion dollars is stolen from seniors every year.
That’s what inspired Jacci to build Care Givers | Scare Takers, a platform designed to help adult children hire quality caregivers for their parents and avoid the mistakes she made. She is also the author of Care Givers Scare Takers: Exposing Fraud in Senior Care. On this episode of Wickedly Smart Women, Jacci joins Anjel to discuss the cultural shift from caring for our own elders to hiring caregivers and describe the challenge of caring for a parent when you work a full-time job. Jacci offers advice on using the Rule of Three to interview eldercare agencies, explaining what to look for in a caregiver and why it’s important to keep the relationship professional.
Listen in for insight on initiating the conversation about long-term care with your parents and learn how Jacci can help you find qualified caregivers and protect your loved ones from fraud and abuse. What You Will Learn What influenced the cultural shift from caring for our own elders to hiring a caregiver
Why Jacci recommends the Life Alert system for anyone over 70.
The challenge of caring for a parent if you work a full-time job.
Jacci’s advice on using the Rule of 3 to interview eldercare agencies, caregivers and former clients.
What 3 things to look for in a caregiver for your parent.
How Jacci discovered that her father was loaning money to his caregiver.
How Jacci wrote Care Givers Scare Takers to help others avoid the mistakes she made.
What Jacci’s father’s caregiver did to isolate him from friends and family.
The danger in becoming friends with a caregiver vs. maintaining a business relationship.
How to initiate the conversation on financing long-term care with your parents.