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Questions to Screen Potential In-Home Caregivers

Finding an in-home caregiver can be a tricky process. There can be anxiety associated with having a stranger in the home. But the anxiety associated with selecting the best person for the job can be the hurdle that brings this needed process to a halt. To assist you in moving forward, here are some questions you should consider asking potential caregivers.

1. What kind of caregiver experience do you have? Taking care of a family member doesn’t qualify them to take care of your loved one. You’ll want someone who has had experience with an elder who they aren’t related to.

2. Reliable transportation? You’ll want to explore specifics, including: Do you have a car and a clean driving record? Would you be open to running errands and making doctors’ appointments?

3. Can you submit to a background check and provide references? This will allow you to learn if there is a history of any violence or drug abuse, or other criminal behavior. You can also include a consensus to drug test the caregiver. References can possibly provide insight into their work ethic, treatment of their patients, and how they get along with families.

4. Do you have contacts in the Caregiver Community? Ask if they would be able to provide an experienced and reliable replacement in their absence.

5. What are your family obligations? While having a family can’t be a reason to not hire someone, it should be considered in your selection process. Their family obligations will most likely take priority over their job.

6. What hours can you work? Be sure you have the same expectations

7. Do you have any healthcare training? You’ll want to know that they can handle your specific needs.

8. Why do you want to be a caregiver for the aged? How long do you plan to do this work? Answering these questions will give insight into their passion and devotion to the work.

9. What was your last job and why did you leave? Their answers should reveal their motivation and personal goals.

10. What part of the job is most challenging for you? Knowing the caregiver’s weakness will help you to decide if omitting those responsibilities works for you.

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