11 Questions to Ask a Potential Caregiver

Question MarkIf you've decided to hire a caregiver for a person with special needs, you'll need to interview the candidates. Here are eleven important questions to ask:

  • Can you provide me with your full name, address, phone number, social security number and current photo ID so that I can run a background, including credit, check? (If interviewing an agency candidate, request contact information only.)
  • Can you (your agency) provide me with copies of current documentation related to personal insurance, bonding, workers' compensation, and current health status (TB test, immunizations, etc.).
  • Can you (your agency) show or provide me with current documentation related to specific services and assistance (autism care, CPR, etc.) you are trained/certified to provide?
  • Tell me about your experience as an in-home aide how long you have been providing care, previous work situations, etc.
  • Can you (your agency) provide me with references related to past clients and employers.
  • Why did you leave your last position? (If they have not left this position, ask how they plan on coordinating schedules.)
  • What are your expectations if I hire you?
  • What hours and days will you be available?
  • What hourly rate do you expect, and how to you expect to be paid?
  • How do you like to get feedback and suggestions?
  • What do you like and dislike about home care?

(Based on information from interviewees and How to Care for Aging Parents, pps. 155-161, and The Caregiver Helpbook, pps. 177-181.)

Article Last Modified: 03/01/2012


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