Interview Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caretaker

A caregiver can provide much needed companionship, medical care, and day-to-day help for an elderly person. If you’re thinking about hiring a caretaker for yourself or for elderly loved one, it’s important to conduct a thorough interview process first. Here are some must-ask interview questions.

Do you have previous caregiving experience?

Asking a caretaker about his previous caregiving experience can help you learn a lot about his history and abilities. Here are some details to ask about.

  • Previously held positions
  • Things he did and did not like about the job
  • What hours he worked
  • What he was compensated
  • Specific conditions or ailments his patients suffered
  • If you can have the contact information of any previous clients for reference purposes

Do you have any special training?

Some applicants for a caretaker position may have special training, like knowledge of working with a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s. If your loved one has any special needs, AARP recommends learning about special training in the interview process.

What hours are you available?

While you may have found the perfect person, unless she’s available at the hours that you most need her to work, she’s probably not right for the job. Be upfront about your needs and expectations, and make sure from the get-go that any potential caregivers are up to the challenge and ready to be there during the periods requested.

Do you have any questions for me?

Invite a potential caregiver to ask you any questions he may have about the position, ranging from questions about special needs to questions about wages. The more the caregiver knows, the better both you and he can make an informed decision about whether or not to move forward with a working relationship.

Is there anything else that I should know about you?

Finally, you should conclude the interview by asking potential caregivers to be upfront and honest about any thing in their work history or current lives that you should know about. If a caregiver has a history of working in a home or clinic where a patient was harmed, abused, or other problems arose, you need to know about it.

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