How to Interview a Caregiver for Senior Care

How to Interview a Caregiver for Senior CarePhoto Credit: Rajiv Patel

There are two main choices when it comes to home care. You can either choose to hire a caregiver through an Agency or hire privately through a company like CareFamily. Your choice will depend on several factors, including how much you want to maintain control and how much you are able to pay for care.

If you choose to hire privately, it’s very important to know how to interview a caregiver in the most effective way. Picking the right caregiver for your loved one comes down to several key factors. In this article, we’re going to discuss particular points you should consider for an interview as well as some top interview questions.

A Few Main Points to Consider for the Interview

In general, you want to make sure you have a comfortable feeling about the caregiver. He or she should also possess some specific qualities that work for your care needs.

Personality

It’s important to consider how the caregiver will get along with the senior loved one. If possible, have the senior be a part of the conversation after an initial conversation with only the caregiver. This way, you can see if the personality will be a good match. For longer-term cases, this can end up being one of the most important factors for having a positive experience with a caregiver.

Training/Experience

You want to certainly ask the caregiver to provide you a resume of some sort. It’s important not only to get a background check on the caregiver (provided for free through CareFamily), but to also see what kind of work experience they have. This does not necessarily have to be professional experience. Many families find that caregivers who have worked closely with their own elderly family members are some of the most equipped and prepared for the job.

Expectations

When you’re thinking about how to interview a caregiver, you want to be prepared to evaluate expectations – both yours and the caregiver’s. If either party’s expectations are not going to be able to be a reality, it’s probably time to start looking for another caregiver who will be a better fit.

10 Great Questions to Ask

This is obviously not a comprehensive list. However, this will get you started in the right direction and will help provide you with further ideas for more questions.

  1. What kind of experience have you had in the caregiving field?

  2. Do you understand the requirements of this particular position?

  3. How flexible is your schedule if we have an emergency?

  4. Are you comfortable with providing hands-on care? (if applies)

  5. Are you comfortable with pets? (if applies)

  6. Are you comfortable with a smoker?/Are you a smoker? (if applies)

  7. Can you give an example of how you have handled a difficult situation with a client in the past?

  8. Can you give an example of how you have handled a difficult situation with a family in the past?

  9. How do you plan to keep the family informed of any important information we should know?

  10. How long can you see yourself being in this position?