What is the best way of recruiting private caregivers?
Consider the following before you look for a caregiver:
What type and what level of healthcare training is needed?
Any language skills or other special skills needed.
Experience working with memory impairments or other disabilities.
Ability to operate any special equipment.
Has a valid drivers license
A caregiver in good health
After you have determined what kind of in-home help you were looking for the next step in this process is recruiting caregivers by placing the ad in the right place. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for in a caregiver is helpful when sorting through all of the individuals providing caregiving services. It is recommended that you write a detailed job description, including the specific services you expect from the private caregiver.
Consider if the senior receiving care will be more comfortable with a caregiver who shares their cultural background and or language, or if they have a preference between male and female caregivers, particularly if the hired private caregivers will be assisting with personal care activities.
Hiring independent private caregivers
The idea in recruiting private caregivers is to locate individuals who are suited to help seniors, either by experience or life circumstances. Some promising candidates include students, young adults, women with young children, mature women and retirees.
Listed here are a few resources for finding qualified help
- Referrals from family and friends
- Independent living centers, senior centers, religious congregations, or national health organizations (i.e. Alzheimer’s Association)
- Local College/University career offices, especially those with nursing or social work programs
- Bank Trustees, Investment Bankers, and Notaries may also be good sources to turn to. Often times quality caregivers will reach out to professionals who may benefit from having this additional value to extend to their senior clients when home assistance is required.
As an employer you can post your job listing, or you can search the resumes and profiles of job seekers on many websites offering free postings for caregivers and families looking for caregivers.
Visit Free Online Caregiving Advertising for more information.