Choosing someone to care for a loved one or for yourself can be nerve-wrecking. You want to do the best thing, choose the best person, and not risk things not working out. How can you make sure you are prepared for the hiring process? Here are a few key things to do before and during the hiring process:
1. Ask ALL of your questions. Nothing is off limits and if someone refuses to answer a question, that should be a red flag. You are hiring someone to come into a person you love’s home and care for them. Ask anything you need to ask so that you can be sure that they will be safe and comfortable with the person you hire. It is best to come up with a standard list of questions that you want each candidate to answer prior to interviewing and add to the list as you think of more questions.
2. Learn what different certificates and credentials mean. When a caregiver applies for a job they will provide credentials. Those credentials may look impressive, but if you don’t understand what they mean exactly, they are of no real use to you. Learn what the standard abbreviations mean. Learn what each certificate or credential really means they are trained to do.
3. Check references. When they apply ask for references AND check them out. Make sure they are legitimate references and that the person was satisfied with the care they received. It is surprising how many candidates rely on the assumption that as long as the reference field is filled in they are safe. They do not use real references because they are counting on you to not check it out. Check ALL references. Make sure that they are legitimate and hear what they have to say about the candidate.
4. Google the candidate’s name and search for them on social media. See if anything undesirable comes up on either search. This may seem like an invasion of privacy, but if they are coming into your home or your loved one’s home, their privacy should take second place to the safety of the person they are caring for.
5. Get your loved one involved. Have them come and join the interview, ask questions, and get to know the person with you. Take their opinion and desires into consideration.
We hope these tips will help you feel more prepared for the process of hiring a caregiver. Please note that all of our caregivers have been carefully screened and are willing to meet each client prior to being hired to ensure that they feel secure with them as their caregiver. If you have any questions or would like further information about our services, please call us at 919-457-1484.