3 Tips When Interviewing Potential In-Home Caregivers – Homewatch CareGivers

This post is sponsored by Homewatch Caregivers of North Dallas.

Making the decision to hire in-home care for your loved one can be an emotional experience. While the thought of having help brings relief, families often feel anxious about entrusting the care of their loved one to someone else. Choosing the right person for the job is essential. That’s why Wendy Raney of Homewatch CareGivers of North Dallas factors in both quality and personality to match families with the best caregiver for the job, every time.

Wendy’s specialized matching process pairs candidates with their ideal caregivers. Each caregiver must pass multiple background checks and attend regular training sessions to ensure they’re always equipped to provide quality care. Next, Wendy compares each caregiver’s credentials with client forms that outline each person’s needs and preferences. Finally, she presents families with a list of top choices.

The interview process is also a critically-important element in selecting the right caregiver.

Three Tips When Interviewing a Potential Caregiver

1. Invite your loved one into the process.

If possible, allow your loved one to exercise some control by letting them help write the job description and select the caregiver. Depending on your loved one’s condition, it’s beneficial to have them present when you interview caregivers. Since the two will be spending a lot of one-on-one time together, it’s important to make sure that they interact well. Be sure to watch for communication or language barriers and ensure that both parties seem to enjoy each other’s company. In some cases, you may even find out that your family member and a particular caregiver share a common interest or hobby.

The care experience can be incredibly enriching when the caregiver and recipient work together to find a way to make sure both their needs are met – that the caregiver is providing the highest standard of care possible and respecting their loved one’s wishes, and that the care recipient feels fulfilled and involved in their own care.

2. Establish Clear Expectations.

When discussing your loved one’s needs and preferences with an agency or individual caregiver, make sure to set clear expectations from the very beginning of the interview. A caregiver’s job shouldn’t be stated simply as “taking care of” your parent or other relative. Instead, you’ll need to prepare a detailed description of what the caregiver’s responsibilities will be. Once you’ve communicated these duties to the caregiver, be sure to remind your loved one what they should and should not ask for when you aren’t around to avoid any uncomfortable situations down the line.

The Homewatch CareGivers in-home caregiving team builds the care plan based on the client and family’s needs and wants; the hours and days requested will be accommodated to meet your specific scheduling needs.

3. Conduct a Thorough Review of the Candidate.

While some people feel more comfortable managing the hiring process themselves, because it’s so very personal, they may not realize all that is required to carefully review potential caregivers. It’s important to interview, call multiple references, run background checks, confirm immigration status, and review credentials and licensing, among other legal issues such as contracts and taxes.

Enlisting the support of an agency like Homewatch CareGivers will relieve the stress of what is otherwise a potentially-intimidating process.

About Homewatch CareGivers of North Dallas

Homewatch CareGivers is recognized as the nation’s quality leader in-home care services that preserve dignity, independence, and safety for clients under the supervision and care of highly trained caregivers. Notably, Wendy Raney, owner of Homewatch CareGivers of North Dallas recently won the “Trailblazer” award at the company’s annual conference and awards ceremony.

The annual conference brings together home office leadership and franchise office owners from across the nation for four days of training, information sharing, and recognition of excellence.

We look to identify franchise owners in our system who operate their business at a high level, but also work to give back to the system, and Wendy is that person,” said Julie Smith, CEO of Homewatch CareGivers. “Wendy works closely with the home office, and she is always helping and working with other owners in the system. She is a true asset to the whole Homewatch CareGivers family.”

The Homewatch CareGivers headquarters team completed comprehensive assessments prior to deciding which office would win the prestigious “Trailblazer Award” recognition. They recognized that Raney consistently brings new ideas to the forefront to share with others in the network, and pushes company initiatives forward with operational excellence.

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