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How do I know its safe to go to someone else's house for a job?

How do I know its safe going to someone else's house for a job?

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User in Orlando, FL
Jan. 25, 2018

It would be good if Care.com would allow caregivers to do background checks on persons who posted job offers. better yet. Care.com should require it when someone post a job offer to keep caregivers safe. A level 2 background check only cost $20 I would pay that to know I'm working for a family/person with a clean history All of that aside, you can do your own research, there are websites that tell you which neighborhoods are safe and if you have a name w/accurate location, that can be searched as well

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Kim in Hilliard, OH
Jan. 25, 2018

Talk to them on the phone. Meet them in a neutral place in person first. Use your best judgement. Also don't be afraid to ask where they live in advance, know the neighborhood you are going to. Never do anything you aren't comfortable with. Also be sure a friend or family member knows where you are as well.

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you dont.. just gotta take a chance

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David in Chenoa, IL
Feb. 8, 2019

You should have had meetings with family members prior to beginning working at the patient's home. There should also be meetings with a patient with family members to ensure they are comfortable with each other.

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You will not know that until you actually accept an interview. During the interview you will have the opportunity to observe them just as they are observing you. Communicate, listen ask lots of questions. If you do not like animals then do not accept a position where there are pets.

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User in Salem, MA
Feb. 1, 2019

Make sure they have a complete profile on Care.com that shows their SSN, phone, address, etc has been checked and vailidated.

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Tammi in Bristol, IN
Jan. 26, 2019

I investagate first and take my husband with me.He sit's in the car and wait's for me.I leave my cell phone on,my husband listening,and when I know everything is ok,i shut it off and then he knows everthing is ok.

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when you feel like you will be safe while there. never go to a home if you feel like you may be harmed or at risk of being hurt if you go three.

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Paul in Rockford, IL
Jan. 15, 2019

I have been doing private home care for over 8 years. I interview the client and the "trustee" for the client. I must like and trust both. The trustee is the person with legal control over the client. I need to know that the trustee has my back when things get out of hand. If they don't, you don't trust them; do not take the assignment. --Paul Johnson AlzheimersHomeHealth.com

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Ultimately, you are always taking a chance by putting yourself out there so the best thing you can do is to have your initial meeting in a public place and find out as much as you can beforehand. I also recommend having someone on alert for the first few days/weeks at a new job where you check in at certain intervals to ensure that if they don't hear from you, they know protocols.

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Always make sure you look up their address. Police reports are a matter of public record. Also, your county assessor/auditor would have property information if they are a homeowner

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User in Loveland, CO
Dec. 21, 2018

Intuition is a HUGE key! Google also helps

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Do interviews with them. Over the phone, and when you go in. Don't jump right into working there without having a sit down before hand.

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Marva in Greer, SC
Nov. 28, 2018

PRAY TO GOD AND INTERVIEW THEM

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Anna in Camino, CA
Nov. 25, 2018

Always meet in a neutral location the first time. My go to is a coffee shop, meeting in public is a much safer option. The first time you go to a strangers house bring a friend or family member to wait in the car for you. If that isn't possible tell a friend or family member where you will be and what time exactly you will be leaving. You can even have someone text you just to make sure you are ok a half hour into it. Safety is important, if you aren't comfortable, leave.

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The agency sends their staff and before you go, call the client first to confirm.

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Depends on who you work through, most companies will inspect the client home before any workers are allowed to enter.

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User in Tampa, FL
Oct. 11, 2018

You can set up a home interview if you start to feel uncomfortable with questioning, or environment then it's not safe or comfortable to be there

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Do a criminal background check on them. Helena T.

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Patricia in Ogden, UT
Sept. 23, 2018

Great question. I personally try to find out the most I can about the family in advance. Then if I for any reason don't feel comfortable while approaching the home, I would make a call and cancel. My safety and those I care for are the most important.

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I would not go there alone when meeting them for the first time. Get a background check on them, ask for references.

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Whenever you go to someone's house you are accepting a small amount of risk. Always trust your instincts. Your gut is your second brain. If you get a bad feeling about a person or place, LEAVE!

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Listen to your intuition and pay attention to the conditions in the home.

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Ben in San Jose, CA
Aug. 10, 2018

I think it is not safe.

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Laure in Edmonds, WA
July 30, 2018

Interview with the family FIRST, go see the house, meet the patient and famly! (go look at stairs, kitchen areas, any other areas that would be difficult for the patient to travel through, etc.)

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Susan in Oxford, NC
July 28, 2018

You don't. Tell someone where you are going.

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It is relatively safe but you are taking your chances for sure. Usually if the person is elderly he will just walk around naked and try to get a response or ask for full body massage or a complete bath....just set boundaries. If he is legitimately looking for help he will keep you on or if he fires you it was an inappropriate assignment

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Tamara in Phoenix, AZ
July 15, 2018

A lot of times when you talk on the phone you can tell if its ok to go, but always be safe so I would recommend that you meet at a coffee shop or take someone with you to the interview and let that person know that you are bring someone with you.

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Tjos os a great qiestopm/ O a, a fe, a;e and have had to go into a variety of settings and for me, I always, always, always, take someone with me, my husband, the first time I go to someones house which is usually for an interview. I have also recommended to meet in a public place the first time in order to get to know who it is that will actually be hiring me if it is not the client themselves. For example, I met with family members who who were doing the hiring for their mother at a restaurant and my husband went with me. Once I was convinced that this was legitimate and safe, I then asked to meet the potential client in her home setting, and if with that meeting, I took my husband. I once had an interview in a fancy high-rise luxury apartment and I called my husband who was sitting in our car outside and left my phone open the entire time I was in that setting just to make sure that he could hear me in the event something did happen. Now, let me say this, I have never had an unsafe situation come up, but it is absolutely imperative that you take precautions and always be aware of your surroundings. But this is true for anytime we go somewhere that is unfamiliar to us. Hope this helps.

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Going thur a company helps knowing client has been screened thur them. Check with a buddy or family so someone knows the address info of where your at new places. Have a friendship you off and check things out. Goggle the address found out how long the name has lived there.

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Laura in Garner, NC
Feb. 7, 2018

It's never safe to walk through a door with a stranger or into their home. Ask to interview in a public place such as a coffee shop. They should appreciate your concern.

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Trust your instincts. Talk on the phone and if you get any odd sense, meet in public first to discuss the job and then trust your instincts on whether to proceed or not. Always tell a trusted person where you are going (address, phone number, name of person you're meeting) and have a backup plan. Don't be afraid to tell your interviewer you are not the right fit and excuse yourself to leave.

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One should always meet first then decide on a gut level if it were safe.

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Valerie in Naples, FL
Jan. 17, 2018

I am having problems that my family and friend can not write a review for me. They said they can not send it......

Diane Hoelter
Jan. 17, 2018

Greetings & welcome to the Care.com Community! I would suggest reaching out to the Care.com support team for assistance.

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You do not know. The family knows we are there to help them.It is very unlikely you would be hurt

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You can never be sure. let some one know where you're going.

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Always tell someone else where you are going, the address and contact persons name. I also always have my phone with me for security purposes.

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A meet and greet with all their needs along with folder of financial needs, and scheduling

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After you made some safety checks by making observations of the actual person you are dealing with; listen to your intuitions for safety matters, how the person or family responds you to some questions, be observant and perceptive and vigilant of the intonations, the sounds and the expressions of the voice and gestures and the backgrounds.

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I think one should meet with the client and talk over safety and other things and also know one another in many areas.

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I think that it would be wise to speak at least 2 with the employer on the phone and search for the location on google map, just to be sure

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Julie in Atoka, TN
Dec. 15, 2017

Because God is always with you.

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User in Orlando, FL
Dec. 14, 2017

It is never safe to meet for the first-time at anyone's house! You must meet at a neutral location and advise a friend or family member if over the course of time you decide to advance to the next step for either work or another meeting, though for the first time , at their home, have someone wait for you in a nearby cafe or shopping area.

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Ask Care.com if you are worried

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Julia in Endicott, NY
Dec. 14, 2017

Do a background check,check with previous caregivers

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Uber on speed dial is what I do. If it turns out to be problematic I go to the bathroom until it gets to 1 minute away. We gotta work but not for life and limb. Always Be Safe!

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