In Home Caregiver Requirements: Our Hiring Process – Family Resource Home Care
How to Hire a Caretaker for an Elderly Parent
Drug testing.These should be done frequently and randomly and should be included as part of an extensive hiring process, as well as once they have been hired.
Being "bonded" means almost nothing.Bonded is a term that means it protects the hiring agency from property loss. Bonded does not give any notion of a person's integrity, level of ability or honesty.
Background checks, including statewide, federal and multiple state level background check.This will tell you if they have ever been convicted of any crimes in other states or at the federal level.
Educational and licensing background check.It's simple for people to claim they have a degree or training. But when it's your parents' lives on the line, you need to know for sure. Call the institutions they claim to have degrees in and verify the degrees. Likewise, if they are licensed call the licensing agencies and confirm their certifications are up to date and are real.
References.Requiring and checking up on references can help you find someone who is kind, patient and well trained. Making certain the references are non-relatives and non-friends. Call and verify the references and ask them very specific questions you need to know about.
Use nanny cams to monitor treatment.Keeping cameras is perfectly fine in your parents' home. It is a measure of protection to ensure that the home care nurses are doing their job and are not neglectful or abusive. Time and time again you see this type of abuse on the news. It does happen and should be watched for. Your parents' lives are depending on this person and they should be treating them well.
Have paperwork for them to fill out.It needs to include an employment application, social security information and license information. Likewise, verify that they are legally allowed to work in the United States or you could face penalties. You can use many types of software to run background checks and verify employment eligibility.
Listen to your gut.If someone strikes you as odd or like they are hiding something, they could be and its not worth risking your parents' lives. Don't go just by what people say. Their body language speaks volumes about who they are and their intentions.
It is possible to find good people who want to help the elderly.Still, you want to take all the precautions you can and never fully give your trust over. Continue drug testing and using cameras to ensure your parents' are being well cared for.
If you do find a good caretaker, pay them fairly and provide them with a reasonable schedule so that you are being fair and operating within the law.Don't over work or ask from them what is beyond their skill set.
Inquire with your parents doctors as to what level of training your caretaker needs in order to care for your parents.Asking someone to do tasks that is beyond their training is dangerous and illegal.
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- Don't provide the caretaker with your daily routine. They need to know that you could be walking in your parents' home any minute. Remember this person is still a stranger who could be taking care of your parent. They need to earn your trust.
- Be cautious and know that your parents' care will depend on this person.
- Check with local regulatory agencies about hiring home care workers.
- That said, if you take all the needed precautions and stay watchful you may find a great caretaker who can help your parents and you. Though you should always be watchful and never fully give your trust on the situation.
- This person is a stranger and needs to earn your trust. No matter how good their references and background add up to be, you need to cautious and know that while you love your parents dearly, there are people in the world who are only out for themselves.
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Date: 01.12.2018, 09:02 / Views: 54591