Once you’ve made the decision to hire a home caregiver for your loved one, you have to begin finding the right person. This is such an important call–you want someone who will love and graciously provide excellent care to the person you care about so much.
In order to help you with the process, we’ve teamed up with Lauri Sachs from the Cincinnati office of Homewatch CareGivers. She has a list of 10 questions to ask before you hire a home caregiver.
- How long has the agency been providing private duty home care?
- Is a written, customized care plan developed in consultation with the client and family members, and is the plan updated as changes occur?
- How are emergencies handled after normal business hours?
- Do they closely supervise the quality of care, including maintenance of a daily journal in the client’s home and non-scheduled supervisory visits?
- Does the agency employ a nurse, social worker, or other qualified professional to make regular visits to the client’s home?
- Do they triple-screen their caregiver employees carefully, including use of reference checks, driving records, and criminal background investigations?
- Does the agency mandate ongoing training of its employees to continually update their skills?
- Does the agency manage all payroll and employee-related matters and adhere to state and federal guidelines in its employment practices, such as withholding appropriate taxes and providing Workers’ Compensation and other benefits?
- Do they also use independent contractors? If so, who employs the person and pays the mandated taxes and withholdings in this case?
This list is, of course, not extensive. So much thought and reflection goes into finding a caregiver, but we hope this will be helpful for you along the journey. If you have been through this process and would like to share some advice with others, we welcome your comments.