Apr 07, 2016 - 07:25 AM
1) Insurance. Lack of liability insurance will put you at risk. For instance, if the caregiver should trip on a rug and injure themselves, you run the risk of being held liable.
2) Pay processing. If you hire someone directly, you are responsible for reporting income, social security/state/federal taxes. If they are hired as a contractor, you will want to get their tax ID number and have a written agreement that they are liable for all tax reporting themselves.
3) Background check. You should run a Felony & Misdemeanor search, as well as driving record history. You do not want to bring in a person that has a criminal background!
1) Length of time in business.
2) Proof of licensure in your state.
3) Are the staff employees or contractors? Contract workers can imply liability on your part so be clear.
4) Are employees all bonded/insured, and have they had background checks completed?
Questions regarding qualifications, recurrent training, TB tests, experience, and professional referrals should be made available. Be sure to inquire about skills/training specific to your needs as well. IE: Dementia & Alzheimer's care. And, you should always talk to more than one applicant. This will allow you to compare the level of service that each can provide. Thre's probably more that could be included, but this should provide you with a good foundation.
Apr 19, 2016 - 08:59 AM
If you do decide to hire a caregiver on your own, some important questions include:
1. Basic information-name, address, house and cell numbers.
2. Caregiver’s flexibility in terms of hours? Will he/ she be able to adjust according to your needs and in case of emergency?
3. Training? It is important that a caregiver has basic CPR and first-aid training, and preferably formal caregiver training.
4. Caregiver’s distance from your home? If not within walking distance, does he/ she have a driver’s license or a mode of reliable transportation? If candidate does have a driver’s license, does he/ she have a clean record and dependable insurance?
5. Prior experience taking care of the elderly? Any experience with specific diagnoses? Ask for at least 2-3 references.
6. Smoker/ non-smoker?
7. Readiness to submit to a background check?
8. Experience with meal preparation/ bathing/ other basic living needs.
9. Willingness to sign a contract stating that the caregiver will not accept any money or gifts from the person he/ she is caring for? Also, make sure to ask questions pertaining to the elderly person’s specific personal needs.