Can screening private caregiver really make a difference?

senior care

Yes and do not doubt it for a split second! This missed step may cost you time, energy, and $$$

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 in the hire a private caregiver template pack. 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. In addition to the caregiver interview, these are also important considerations about the applicants.

Overall did the caregiver applicant;

  • Arrive on time?                                                      
  • Present him/herself well?
  • Does she/he have reliable transportation?
  • Did he/she listen to your concerns?
  • Flexible to scheduling?                                                  
  • Do you think the caregiver and senior’s personality match?
  • Can you work together long term with this caregiver in terms of the communication?
  • Is there mutual and understanding of the care needed? 

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 only one caregiver for a 24/7 position. Your caregiver will require time for the personal needs and interests, and you will also need to factor in that issues and situations may come up, that are 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 a total of 3-4 caregivers. 

Your 24 hour care team should consist of:

  • 1 live-in caregiver
  • 1st Respite caregiver (1x 8 hr shift + 1x 4 hr shift + flexible to cover partial schedule of live-in caregiver)
  • 2nd Respite caregiver (1x 8 hr shift + 1x 4 hr shift + flexible to cover partial schedule of live-in caregiver)
  • 3rd Respite caregiver (1x 4 hr shift + oncall part-time to fill in shifts where needed-make sure this caregiver is flexible with his/her schedule before you hire them)

Templates Included when you Download Guide Book

  1. HIRE A PRIVATE CAREGIVER CHECKLIST
  2. CAREGIVER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM
  3. CAREGIVER JOB DESCRIPTION FORM
  4. SENIOR CARE INFORMATION FORM
  5. CAREGIVER EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (long form)
  6. CAREGIVER EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT (short form)
  7. SENIOR CARE INVOICE (non-medical)
  8. TAX RECEIPT FOR SENIOR CARE
  9. DAILY SENIOR CARE JOURNAL
  10. HOUSEKEEPING CHECKLIST
  11. PERSONAL HYGIENE CHART
  12. PRE-INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE 
  13. CAREGIVER INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE
  14. REFERENCE CHECK QUESTIONNAIRE
  15. CAREGIVER JOB POSTING SAMPLE

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