Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Home Care Worker For the Elderly

Family/ Parenting - Caregiving

By: ListMaker     12-Jan-2011

Introduction:

If you have an elderly loved one who needs a bit more assistance as they age, it's very important for you to know the questions to ask when interviewing a home care worker for the elderly. Your goal while you interview caregivers is to make sure that their philosophy of care for the elderly matches your loved one's needs.

Are You Authorized to Work In the US?

A fair amount of home care workers do not have legal immigration papers and cannot legally work in the states. Make 100% sure to see a green card or other documentation to verify that your prospective caregiver is legal.

Here's a big hint: if the person you're interviewing can't furnish a social security number, they're not legally authorized to be employed in the US. Move along and find someone who is legally employable.

If you go though a home care or caregiving organization, any worker they send is already prescreened so that they are authorized to work in the US.

How Long Have You Taken Care of the Elderly?

You need to make sure that whomever you choose to be a caregiver for your loved one has some sort of experience with the aged. In a rare case, a nanny or caregiver for young children can transfer their experience to working with the elderly.

Can You Furnish References?

Anyone you interview as a home care worker for the elderly should be able to furnish at least three references which you can check. Ask for at least one past employer and two personal references and make sure to call all three references. Ask about your prospective caregiver's work ethic, what the reference most liked or disliked about having the person work with them. Ask how long they were caregivers. Another great question to ask when checking references of a prospective caregiver is if the reference would recommend them for the same type of job again.

Do You Cook?

You'd be surprised how many home care workers who came to me through an agency had never cracked an egg. And, even more strangely to me was the fact that in some African societies, a double yolked egg is a sign of the devil. On home care worker ran screaming from the kitchen - next.

If your prospective home care worker can't cook, this is something that you may be able to work around. If you prepare frozen meals, almost anyone can microwave. See the reference section below for addition articles about preparing meals for the elderly.

What Hours Are You Available?

As your elderly love one ages, more care may be needed (it takes a village sometimes). Check on what hours your prospective home care worker is available and ask about flexibility. Forty hours is a typical home care workers schedule during the week but some may be willing to work longer hours during which you'll pay overtime.




Final Thoughts

Leaving your elderly loved on in the charge of a stranger can be a very frightening thing. No matter how deeply you delved into the new home care workers background, you might not find out everything you need to know. If at all possible, stick around the first few days to acclimate everyone to the household and make sure that your elderly loved one is comfortable in the care of the new employee.


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