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Can you ask for a back ground check on anyone you employ to come an help with an elderly parent?

I'm worried about hiring some one to help me. I want them to be a good person. 

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Yes... Not only that... But look for history, what the person is like, references etc... I currently do not have my BG or MVR on here, However, I most recently lost my client of 2+ yrs, & can't afford to do it through care.com at this time They have gone up quite a bit on theirs since 2012 which was my last here. However, I have Excellent References from the past 5 years including a retired deputy who is a Adviser for Seniors for the western slopes He's Currently attempting to get me in that area for they no one around there that's like me.

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Sure. You have all the options to make yourself feel comfortable, safe and secure, and the right to request for it.

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Sherry in Weiner, AR
May 27, 2017

Running a background check in this day and age is the most sensible thing you can do. You should not allow anyone to stay with you or your loved one without checking them out.

Yes definitely. Background check especially on someone I don't know personally makes me feel safe and comfortable. This system is like trust building for strangers in regards to their personal being other than the job qualifications.

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User in Katy, TX
May 27, 2017

Yes do it yourself if you are worried about offending them. It does not cost much I have done it before for less than $6.00.

User in Yelm, WA
May 27, 2017

Denise, can you say or better provide a link..to where you can get a background check for $6 or less?

User in Katy, TX
May 29, 2017

Whatever County they live in you can google their local county background check search engine. If you want to do it by state you can example: Texas (But your state) Department of Public Safety Records ( it may cost more)

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That is why it is very important to do a back ground check to know who you are inviting in your home and knowing whether a potential employee has been involved in criminal activities it allows the employer to determine if an applicant is appropriate for the job and does not a poses a potential threat.

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User in Bronx, NY
May 27, 2017

Now a days we don't know who to trust. Get references, resume, ask a few questions respectfully and see how the person handles it. ;)

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Yes, I would advise anyone to get a check on someone you're letting around your family. You can never be too safe.

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User in Peabody, MA
May 27, 2017

yes It is your right

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Yes. You can require that it's done that before you hire them. You can also install a camera in the house where your parent is to make sure all is well when you are not there to watch.

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User in Palm Bay, FL
May 27, 2017

yes. Actually, if you are able to verify that they have an active CNA/HHA, LPN,RN license for the Florida Board of Nursing then you know they have passed a level II background check. It is mandatory in Fla. to have a level II to be on the nursing registry.

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yes that's their right

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Elyse in Houston, TX
Oct. 2, 2018

Absolutely! If you are concerned or even if you feel comfortable during the interview, asking for a background check as well as verifiable references is the responsible thing to do.

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YES BACKGROUND CHECK IS ALWAYS GOOD SO YOU CAN FEEL SAFE

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Eva in Seaside, CA
Sept. 24, 2018

As a caregiver I always request to meet before I accept a job. It is a form to get to know the client and get a feel for what they are looking for. IF you decide yes the person seems like they will fit perfectly then there go right ahead. There is nothing wrong in doing so. Just be advised that 9/10 times you will need to pay for it since you are the one requesting it.

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Sure you can. It is important to know who you hire to take care of your love one. There are a lot of dishonest person out there.

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Tia in Hempstead, NY
Sept. 17, 2018

back ground check on someone when you employ to come an help with your elderly parent don't make you 100% safe with them because when you listen to the news

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Of course you can ask for back ground check. You want to know who is coming to the house and who will be taking care of your parents.

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Hoai in Orlando, FL
Sept. 9, 2018

Yes, as private care. CNA always have background check

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Beth in Peyton, CO
Sept. 4, 2018

sure, do an interview and use your best judgement.

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Elena in Austin, TX
Aug. 27, 2018

yes you should ask background check and reference.

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Always ask for references from anyone you hire to work in your home. Call the references and find out more about the person. During the interview, ask the candidate where they have worked in the past and ask for work references as well. Check a minimum of three references. None of the references should be related to the person you are considering hiring.

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Yes. If you are going to employee someone you have the complete right to ask them to run a background check. You will obviously need their permission and it is up to you if you want to pay for the test or if you want them to have to pay for it as terms of hire. I also feel it is ok to ask for a drug test. If you are leaving them to be responsible to take care of your parent then you want to know that these simple tests come back clear.

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Of course! Care.com even has options for background checks. While these are good, they are limited however in that they will only show if there was prior problems. Ask for a background check, but also request references. When talking to those references be cautious that they are not just friends of the candidate. Don't be afraid to ask direct questions like would they continue to trust this person with their loved one's.

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YESSSSS! I do a lot of interviewing for my one clients because unfortunetly many caregivers don't stick around. Ask if someone has their HCA#. HCA is saying that they're registered with the State of California Home Care Registry. All their information is in the system. Or order one here on Care.com.

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Absolutely. This should be of no concern to the one your hiring if all is on the up and up

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Susan in Oxford, NC
Aug. 14, 2018

You should ask for a background check. That's your love one you are looking out for.

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Jackie in Sparta, WI
Aug. 14, 2018

do backround checks before hireing

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Evryone wants the safety of the patient and her family;so it would be best to have a background check done.

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Always a valid question. I've been robbed, twice. You tend to not trust people afterwards. Always go with your gut. Maybe try to stay home with your first visit with a new person. Get a feel for him/her. Close all the doors you don't want them poking around in (put a piece of tape up on the coroner so you'll know if the door was opened against your will). If they brought a bag let them know you'll have to go through it just to ensure they didn't steal anything. If they're a good person, they shouldnt mind at all! I've offered to let people see my bag before. And I always ask if the adult enjoyed our time together. I want us to be a good fit. I currently dont have a background check (theyre expensive and I have to get one coming up for my paramedic class), but I can totally understand your fears.

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Tamala in Venice, FL
Aug. 10, 2018

By all means you should always request a background check if you are letting a stranger in your home or to care for someone you love. A background check could be references, former employees or family members. A "state" or "national" background check will let you know if you are hiring someone with a record, but that does not say if that person is really good. If you do not feel good about the person, try someone else. If you have a great feeling and really think this is a good fit, then ask them to have a background check done and the results sent to you. I think it is a great idea!

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Alan in Nutley, NJ
Aug. 8, 2018

Yes, you have every right. But, the burden of the Background check will be on you. Some background checks ca be deceiving, you should always discuss your findings with the potential hire.

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You can always ask for a background check. You can be assured if they are currently holding a valid professional medical license, wether it be a CNA, LPN or RN they have had background checks done on them, (or they wouldnt be holding a valid current license. Deb RN

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Laure in Edmonds, WA
July 30, 2018

YES, ask for a back ground check no matter what! Elder abuse is scary and you never know!

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Karina in Redmond, WA
July 30, 2018

YES ABSOLUTELY... AT ALL TIMES

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Yes you should it gives you a better peace of mind.

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Robin in La Porte, TX
July 24, 2018

Yes you can

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Susan in Jackson, MO
July 23, 2018

Yes. That is your personal decision. And I would do that.

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Yes. You really need to know who you are letting into your home.

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Annie in Lakewood, NJ
July 23, 2018

Yes u can but even with a background check u really don't know. some people never been in trouble before and then u find things out later.

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If there is nothing to hide, a caregiver would not mind getting a background check. I always feel that first impressions mean a great deal. Use your instincts, even if the individual seems nice, but you have an uncomfortable feeling about them, then kindly don't hire them.

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A back ground check is always a good choice if in doubt. However, there are many good caregivers with a good work experience record and excellent referrals. If, after considering those things you still have doubts, you can opt for an FBI check..Just remember, in any hire, YOU are the boss, and can hire and fire at will if you suspect any abuse of any kind. And there is always your local Department of Aging which stands ready to offer assistance.

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You can definitely ask for a background check, its important for you to know exactly who is taking care of the person who once raised you.

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Megan in Elyria, OH
July 14, 2018

Yes, and you absolutely should! I'd do multiple background checks make sure that your loved one is safe and well taken care of!

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I care for my elderly mother but I need caregivers for when I am not here. I do my own private background check through using the court case lookup and from there I decide whether or not to order a background check. I use the background check as a tool because they provide aliases which means that you need to check those names out for criminal activity. I look for a pattern of criminal activity and I also check their references and see if that caregiver was lying to me when I interview them on the phone. If all checks out then I have them meet my mother. Even then it is not 100% guarantee. You have to rely on your gut and instincts and trust and believe your loved one's reaction to that caregiver. Good caregivers that take their job seriously are hard to find but they do exist but they are few and far between. It's a hard job caring for your parent and then finding caregivers that you can trust to be alone with your loved one.

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Tina in Elm City, NC
July 23, 2017

Yes indeed

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As a caregiver I must say a background check tells you if the person is registered (caught committing an unlawful act). I know persons who do not have a criminal record but they are not 

punctual

caring

respectful of privacy

respectful of authority

 experienced with certain needs of the elderly

do not take the care of the client as priority.

These are a few things that cannot be guaranteed by a background check but a reference check can reveal what you need to know. questions like would you hire this person again? why did she leave / why did you using his /her services?

User in Ewa Beach, HI
July 14, 2017

Sure! It is one way to give them the reason why they should employ you as a good and trustworthy person.

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User in Yelm, WA
May 27, 2017

Yes of course.

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Yes I believe they also should have PBC ID

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Care.com Community dose that

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Taryn in Dodgeville, MI
April 30, 2017

I would check with the police station. 

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you sure can request a fingerprint and background check.

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i dont see why not as long as you pay for it they should be willing.

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User in Tampa, FL
Jan. 21, 2019

back ground checks are good to a certain extent need to do more homework never let your guard down and install security cameras to link to your cell back ground check doesn't always mean your hiring a good person anyone can snap anytime

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Yes and if it's refused walk away

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Paul in Spencer, TN
Jan. 15, 2019

Yes. It is easy. Get their drivers license and SSN. You can find some easy and inexpensive full check services on the internet. If you need Alzheimer's care anywhere in the US for your wealthy parent, visit my profile.

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Yes you can! You should always check criminal background and personal references.

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Lynn in Mesa, AZ
Nov. 16, 2018

yes absolutely I use to screen tenants why wouldn't we screen someone who is taking care of elderly or a child

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User in Tacoma, WA
Oct. 18, 2018

Absolutely, I have been a caregiver for 20 years and my families still ask for a background check before I start providing care.

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You should always get some kind of background check.

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Laura in Garner, NC
Oct. 15, 2018

Absolutely. If the help objects, then pass them over.

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