Avoid the temptation to hire a caregiver at the cheapest rate
The expression “you get what you pay for” rings very true when you are hiring a caregiver
We usually all want the best service or product for the lowest possible price, however in most cases it is not worth it to hire a caregiver at the cheapest rate.
You may find this article informative and at the same time not exactly what you wanted to hear at this very moment. Searching for the perfect caregiver for your senior loved one can be a very touchy and complex venture. It is important to know a few key things to safeguard your sanity while going through this process.
Without flexibility in the senior care financial budget you may potentially miss out on a caregiver that will work for your family, and all for just what? a few dollars more an hour. Try to keep an open mind and be willing to pay a little more for a caregiver with experience, **good references**, a caregiver who has reliable transportation and a clean driving record. Your investment will pay in dividends!
Make sure to check references, this is one of the most crucial steps when you hire a caregiver and it is often overlooked.
By selecting a caregiver solely based on rate, you may run the risk of getting someone who will fill the position but not really express any real interest or demonstrate initiative to do anything extra outside of the agreed upon job description. The position will most likely be treated as a temporary position, or a stepping stone to the next gig. You may end up attracting caregivers that are only in it for the money, and believe me when I say your loved one(s) will feel this, and not enjoy or look forward to their caregiver visiting.
To have a caregiver inside a personal space when it feels awkward is a terrible feeling for your senior loved one(s), especially if the visit is for the purpose of company and conversation.
Now you may say to yourself after reading this that it works for what is needed right now, and for the most part it will for a while, however in a relatively short period of time you will start to see the result of the quality of work, or lack thereof. It starts with the lack of little extra things that you wish your caregiver would do for your loved one(s) directly or around their place of residence. It is the small yet thoughtful gestures that make all the difference in the world to you, and your senior loved one(s). Soon after that the issues begin to compound and more issues begin to surface. The next step will naturally be to let the caregiver go, and find a suitable replacement.
3 Reasons why you should not hire a private caregiver at the cheapest rate
1. YOUR TIME IS LOST
If you add up the time it takes to find, hire, train and then fire each caregiver you can clearly see that your time is being drained and for what? To find help for your senior loved one all to need more help yourself with your own daily tasks? You may find yourself needing to hire someone for yourself and how on earth does this make sense? Your time valuable too!
2. YOUR ENERGY IS DRAINED
It takes a great amount of energy to deal with each individual caregiver as the issues start to arise. Some of the issues start with lack of response to your communications, punctuality (in some cases exact timing for a change in shift is crucial), no initiative to do anything even a little outside of the job description, or simply a no show on several occasions.
3. YOUR $$$ IS WASTED
This is really where you see first hand that paying less per hour for a caregiver in the long run will not add up to any form of savings. Where it most concerns you is again “time”. Time is money and your time is valuable!
So really how important it is to find the right caregiver from the start? VERY
The cost for the care is in most cases coming direct from your senior loved one. They responsibly saved for years to be sure that they would be well taken care of in the later stages of life. Of course you already realize this, but it is so important to remember that with a little extra money and patience you can find a very good caregiver to assist your senior loved one(s) long term. A good caregiver knows his/her value, and will usually only work for families who choose quality and appreciate the value of a good caregiver.
Try this exercise, add an extra 3-5$/hr to your initial compensation amount in your offer. This will attract the best caregivers to your ad or profile. Although the rate will attract many caregivers, your job description in your ad should filter many of the caregivers that do not initially match up to your criteria. You will also be able to spot through the many applications the ones that stand out in the way that they communicate.
Important list of caregiver qualities and skills to list in your ad:
- Good instincts
- Listening skills
- Work independently or as part of a team
- Communicate effectively
- Can adapt to situations or environments quickly
- Natural affinity to be with seniors
- Initiative and drive
- Well presented and polished
Find and keep the right caregiver
Templates included in download:
- Hire a private caregiver checklist
- Caregiver application form
- Caregiver job description
- Senior care information form
- Caregiver employment agreement
- Basic caregiver employment contract
- Pre-interview questionnaire
- Caregiver interview questionnaire
- Reference questionnaire
- Sample job post
- Daily care journal
- Housekeeping checklist
- Personal hygiene chart
- Senior care invoice
- Yearly tax receipt for senior care