Interviewing a new caregiver can be a nerve-wracking experience—especially when you’re looking for someone who will help your loved one with their daily needs. Here are some tips to help you get through this process with as much ease as possible:
- Conduct the initial interview by phone. Ask about work experience, hours of availability, driving experience and special training. Also feel free to ask for references before you meet the caregiver (we do check references at Caregiver Connections, but some clients prefer to speak to the references as well).
- If possible, schedule a time to meet the caregiver face to face for an interview.
- Describe to applicants you or your loved one’s needs, health concerns, likes and dislikes, Outline the duties you expect her to perform, such as personal tasks, household tasks, shopping errands, transportation, and personal business.
- Ask questions that will help you determine if this person is a good match for the job and for your loved one.
- Ask about her expectations of this position. Invite the caregiver to ask questions about the job and your expectations.
- Be clear about paying a holiday rate if you will be offering a holiday rate. Make it clear when and how you will be paying the caregiver.
- Give the caregiver a schedule of the hours that they will be needed.
- Let the caregiver know how you would prefer they dress (hospital scrubs or street clothes).