Hiring a caregiver for yourself or a loved one can be a tough decision. The decision only gets tougher once you’ve decided to hire one and need to find just the right one. It can seem like a long process, especially because it is so personal. A caregiver works intimately with yourself and the rest of the family. So how do you choose just the right one? That’s a very personal choice, but we want to help steer you in the right direction. Here are 5 key questions to ask a possible caregiver to see if they are the right fit.
1. What is your experience?
This should be one of the first questions you ask a potential caregiver. You want to make sure they are properly certified before continuing the interview process. Next, you want to see what types of environments they have worked in, and what types of people they have cared for. If the caregiver has only worked with children, and you are seeking assistance for an elderly family member, it may not be the best fit. Ask for a resume summarizing where they have worked, as well as relevant recommendations or contact information of previous employers.
2. What do you like to do in your free time?
This may not seem like a relevant question, but it is a good way to gauge the personality of the caregiver. If they enjoy volunteering with the elderly in their free time, or spending time with family, you’re able to see that they value being part of the community and family. See what types of activities they enjoy to also see what kind of hobbies they may have in common with your loved one requiring assistance.
3. What has been the biggest challenge of your work?
This question is key to see how much this caregiver enjoys their job. If they answer about always having terrible clients and that working long days is terrible and they just look forward to going home, they may not be the right fit for you. You want to see someone passionate about caring for others. They will be taking care of you or a loved one, so you want them to really enjoy what they do.
4. What types of medical and personal activities are you comfortable with performing?
This question will allow you to see if this caregiver can give you or your loved one the care they need. If your loved one requires close medical attention, it is important to look for a caregiver certified in performing those tasks. Also ask about personal and household duties. If the caregiver is not comfortable cooking in the home, and your loved one needs assistance with this, then it’s not a good fit. So come up with a list of key activities the caregiver should be able to perform.
5. What do you like most about your job?
With this question, you are able to see why this person became a caregiver. Some may join because they see financial benefits, others may have had an ill family member and felt compelled to become a caregiver. This is another good question to see about personality and if you feel this person fits as a competent, courteous caregiver.
Luckily for you, at Just Like Family Homecare, we have some of the best caregivers in Southwest Florida available for you and your loved one. We are very selective when choosing which caregivers and nurses we want to join our team. Trust your caregiving needs to Just Like Family Homecare.