Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver

  • What type of care can they provide?
  • What type of experience do they have?
  • What previous clients can you call that they have cared for?
  • What hours are they available?
  • Can they be available for emergencies?
  • How much do they charge an hour?
  • Do they charge more for night care?
  • Do they charge less if it is 24 hour care?
  • Have they ever been arrested?  If yes for what?
  • Have they ever been fired from a job?
  • Will they agree to a background check and a DMV check?
  • Are they capable of driving the older adult to appointments?
  • What hobbies and interests do they have?
  • Do they speak a second language?
  • Do they cook?  What kind of food?
  • Do they do house cleaning?
  • Do they like older adults?
  • Do they have any experience or knowledge regarding the aging process?
  • What would they do if the older adult fell?
  • What would they do if the older adult choked on food?
  • What would they do if the older adult stopped breathing?
  • What would they do if the older adult became difficult to manage?

Advantages of Hiring a Caregiver on Your Own

  • Cost less
  • More flexibility with hours

Disadvantages of Hiring a Caregiver on Your Own

  • Time consuming to interview each person
  • Risks for no back up coverage if caregiver is sick or wants to change scheduled work time
  • You need to hire a security firm or lawyer to do a background, DMV (driving records) and drug test
  • Tax forms, workers compensation insurance, unemployment and medicare need to be completed and paid for the employee.
  • Employess will not be bonded.
  • No supervision/care plan management is provided which could effect extended work performance.