One of the biggest pieces of long-distance caregiving is building a support network to be there for and help your loved one when you can’t. For this reason, hiring an in-home caregiver is the best option, and it can be the sigh of relief you need. However, not all caregivers are created equal, so it is crucial that you go through the vetting process.
If you can’t conduct the interview yourself, have a friend or family member step in and include you via a video call. The point of the interview is to get to know the potential caregiver, but don’t forget to ask for their credentials. The agency that hired them should be able to provide you with background checks, as well as proof of education/experience, and provide you with the proper documentation that they do in fact have insurance to cover worker’s compensation claims.
The interview process may feel a little daunting, but these questions will get you started:
- Have you ever cared for someone with [insert loved one’s condition]?
- What caregiver training do you have, including CPR, first-aid, etc.?
- Are you comfortable with all listed caregiving duties?
- Do you have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and proof of insurance?
- Would you be willing to submit to a background check?
- What days and hours are you available?
- Can you tell me about your last job and why you left?
- May I contact your two previous employers?
- How would you respond to the following scenarios? (i.e. my mother becomes confused and combative and won’t let you help her, or my father wakes up and refuses to eat and get dressed for his doctor appointment)
- Do you have responsibilities outside of work that would affect your flexibility?
For more potential interview questions, check out this comprehensive list provided by ElderCare.
Take your time during the interview process, and never settle for less than your loved one deserves. If a particular candidate leaves you with an unsettling feeling, go with your gut and go on to the next interview. The in-home caregiver will be an extension of you, so hire with that in mind.