Screening private caregiver is a key step

Can screening private caregiver really make a difference?

Yes and do not doubt it for a split second!

When screening private caregiver have him/her complete an application form. Review it with them and make sure everything is complete and legible. Caregiver job application form can be found here. Feel free to look at the job application preview template.


Send the caregiver applicant a list of your needs or copy of the detailed job description to read by email. Being as detailed as possible, discuss with the applicant the services you expect to be performed, noting anything he or she is not willing or train to do. Try to be as informative as possible about the position to avoid any future surprises. Be clear about your expectations, the salary and time commitment.

Look for someone who has experience with the type of tasks that the senior will be requiring, particularly if the care recipient has special needs, such as memory impairment or physical disabilities.

Try to assess as much as you can about the applicant by what they’re telling you and how they appear during the interview. Based on the interview these are important questions to ask yourself in regards to the individual they will be caring for.

  • Arrive on time?                                                      

  • Present him/herself well?

  • Does she/he have reliable transportation?

  • Was he/she patient?

  • Compassionate?

  • Flexible?                                                  

  • Trustworthy?

  • Do you think the caregiver and senior’s personality match?

  • How did the two of them get along?

  • Can you work together long term with this caregiver in terms of the communication?

  • Is there mutual respect and understanding? 

It is recommended to have someone with you during the interview. Their company will help you feel more comfortable and confident. The additional person who is present may also be able to give you another impression of the applicant when the interview is complete.

Is not recommended to hire one caregiver on a 24/7 basis. It is difficult for employees to remain conscientious if they do not have some time for the personal needs and interests, and you need to factor in that things may come up out of your control. Caregivers who live-in cannot be expected to be on call 24 hours a day. If the care recipient needs frequent help for supervision, you should hire 3-4 caregivers, or have members fill in and commit to a routine schedule.

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