What questions to ask when hiring senior care giver?
Tips for hiring senior care giver
Here are some questions I would ask.... 1. What do you like best about Caregiving? What do you like the least? 2. How do you deal with it when the person you are caring for gets upset? 3. Do you get a flu shot every year? 4. What home activities do you do to keep a person interested and engaged?
I LOVE helping people! My favorite part of being a caregiver is building long lasting relationships and making people feel good about their situation! Every situation is completely different which makes being a caregiver rewarding! There will be times when the client gets upset! Re-directing their minds by talking about something they enjoy! Talk about things that make them happy and then after awhile, approach them again-it all depends on how your tone of voice is! If you are calm, smiling and understanding, chances are you will be able to calm them down! Yes-Every Year! Home Activities-Depends on the client! Baking, cooking, gardening, reading, TV, exercise, walks
Have you ever worked with the elderly?
Can you tell me about the seniors who you have been their personal assistant and the type of things you did for them?
How do you care for a senior with temper tantrums?Can you handle this? Patience is of utmost importance when caring for seniors.You stay and explain to the patient what your gonna do and if he contiues to have temper tantrums ;just stay near him/her until he kept quiet and continue with your care. Why do you want to care for a senior? Caring for seniors is like caring for your own parents and or famiy and the fact that all of us will go to that stage;then it`s like your doing an act as a fulfillment of a task that how you care for them is how you want to be treated when youll be a client like them in the future. If it gets to the point that he`s trying to beat you what are you going to do as a caregiver?
Make sure the individual isn't too too young. Kids these days don't fully comprehend how to accurately take care of an older individual, especially one with Alzheimer's or Dementia. I'd ensure they have some form of medical training, a minimum of CPR. Make sure they aren't embarrassed to strip your loved one down in case of an accident or if they need help taking a bath. Senior citizens aren't little kids. They have modesty and need to be treated with much respect. I come from this as the EMS perspective, as I've never grown up with grandparents. But I know how to deal with the elderly population and hope that those to come to do it treat them with dignity.
If the client were to become ill, what would they do? Would they care for it themselves or call the family member?
certifications,experience,and references to verify! contact old employers for verification how good of an employer the person is! even church members can verify what kind of person they have shown the church if there consistent when coming or maybe volunteered.
I would ask them to describe themselves in one word another question I would ask is what makes you standout as a care provider.
Make sure that your family member will be comfortable with this person being around them.
Senior caregivers must be caring, loving and have a passion for quality of life. Often times people forget that the brain processes differently for some and they take behaviors personally and get angry. Behaviors are just symptoms and are not to be taken personally. ALWAYS put up video cameras. Some people claim to be caregivers and truly have another motive. Quality of care has always got to be first priority.
1. Tell me about your mother or your father. 2. How long have you been providing Senior care? 3. Why do you do what you do? Why do you enjoy senior care. 4. My parent (Senior) does this.....would this bother you? Are there things that you can not do or will not do? 5. Are you looking for short term work, until something better comes along or are you looking for long-term care giving?
How can you do comfort care?
Did you take care of your parents? If so for how long?
what specifically are the patient's needs - what makes them feel the most comfortable - making meals, cleaning their living space, going to the grocery store or transportation to their doctor apointments....conversation, love and care...
Normally references are are always the best policy.
Experience, Do you consider yourself a patient person, Are you willing to clean up messes just like you would for a small child and do it without scolding the Senior, Are you willing to take time to make meals that they will eat, Will you spend time talking with them, will you be understanding when they get angry with you about being in their space, are you willing to do the things they like to do, will you encourage them to do things that the Dr recommends ex given (exercise, diet, rest, reading, crafts), do you love spending time with older folks and enjoy being in their company. when you notice the senior isn't acting like themselves do you know to check certain things, or what to do or in case of an emergency (fall, passing out, seizure ect.
If there is health concerns, then definitely ask about experience with health issues in general first, then follow up with specifics. If there is fall concerns, ask about how much dead weight they feel comfortable with lifting. If this is mostly companionship type of situation, ask what their hobbies are. Look for answers that would match your loved ones hobbies. This will ensure that they will have a subject or two to bond over.
Look for someone you can trust. Look for someone who is willing to be humble and do things the way you want them done. Look for someone who is patient and not in a rush. Look for someone who does not want to be on a cellphone all day. Look for someone who is a hard worker. Reward that person by paying them well and being appreciative of them.
Previous job experience and reference
If they have execparience, transportation, allergy with pets etc.
Their previous care experience, their willingness to perform all of the care needs without issues, how they might handle unexpected issues, hours, or schedule changes, are they available on short notice, why they want to do this type of work vs. traditional work. If preparing meals what is their level of skill in the kitchen, do they feel heating up a microwave meal is cooking? Do they have skills that go beyond what is currently needed? Be prepared for care needs to become needed more in the future, is this caregiver skilled to continue the care if health of client declines. Asking about needed time off, holiday hours or vacations in advance is helpful. And discussing what is expected during "down time" (when client may be sleeping or taking a nap). These are just a few key factors to discuss with a care giver during the interview process.
What are your primary needs, how can I help the best way?
how long have you been a provider and name some experience and how will they know how to provide care for the seniors... MUST HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK!!!
1.How long you been in the field?2.lLast five years of employment.3 Certification.4 References and who you work for now.
What lead you to choose private care? How do you feel about growing old? What is your concern about caring for my loved one?
There are many questions that need to be answered it's really based on the clients needs but first and foremost you should ask if there's anything that would keep them from being consistent with the care of your love ones that they be on time and that they be there when they're supposed to be there. Also they should provide fingerprints, crimina and,lDMV background checks. Also, a current TB test. Sometimes curtain agency require their own reports different than other agency's. And, that cost maybe your cost. TB test should be no older than 6 months.
Are you willing to submit to a background check? Do u posses a valid driver's license? Are comfortable driving my parents vehicle or your own to run errands? What are your expectations for vacation time, are you willing to find coverage for the time you need off? Are you available for the hours needed? If there are any pets in the home its a good idea to find out if they are comfortable around animals? Will you be working other jobs that many interfere?
Ask for job ref. if they have good transportation, how long have they been doing this
Make sure that they can demonstrate to you about their skills such as medication administration. Proper lifting techniques. If they are going to do meal prep are your loved ones on a special diet? Check references.
1) what experience you have working with the elderly? 2) what would you do when you are faced with a difficult client. 3) how long do you expect to work for this family? 4) Can you perform CPR?
Must have a liable transportation. Always do a credit and reference check.
References and work portfolio.
This is what I learned from my own personal experience. Whether you're going to hire and private pay someone OR get someone through an agency. My mama had medicare and medicaid so she had 3HC (Home, Health, and Hospice) so we could get an aide through a separate agency. I'm just going to be honest, it was a nightmare trying to find someone who would show up, do as expected, etc. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, DON'T JUDGE ALL AGENCIES BASED ON WHAT I JUST SAID. THAT WAS JUST MY EXPERIENCE. Some of the things these aides did just blew my mind. I would stay a little while on their first day and I couldn't believe how some of them gave my mama a bath. Some of them were clueless on how to empty the foley bag. I mean, there are different types of foley bags but it wasn't rocket science. I guess the best thing to do is to write down the things that are very important as to how you want your loved one cared for and how you know they would WANT to be cared for. When you interview them, ask them to tell you or show you how they would give a bath. Can they cook? Do you want some light housekeeping done? If so, tell them what you want. You know your loved one better than anyone else so make your list, ask questions or get them to tell you or show you how they would handle it. I'm telling you, I was VERY specific on how I wanted things done and I didn't mind one bit writing it down for them to follow. The problem was pretty much all of them didn't pay one bit of attention to what I wrote but guess what, they would have to go and I'd try another. We finally got one that was a perfect match for my mama and me and she loved my mama. I'm not trying to be a bearer of negativity but I'm just letting you know that you have every right to ask them any question when it comes to the care of your loved one(s). Hope this gives a little insight.
Background check first. THEN, 1) Have you ever taken care of a senior? Who and where was it? 2) When did you last work and what were you tasks ? 3)Do you like working with seniors and why? 4) Do you mind helping them eat and wash and use bathroom?5) ? Do you help your parents and if yes, what do you do for them? THERE are +ALSO WEBSITES TO GO TO TO GET MORE QUESTIONS.
You need to ask about experience, especially similar to the needs of what your loved one needs, and ask for references. Ask about the hours they are available and days they are available. Do they have small children and if so do they have someone to care for them so you won't miss much work. How far do they live from where they will be working. Are they familiar with CPR, and giving meds? Are they familiar with the meds that will be administered? Do they have any sort of criminal background?
there are manny questions , like have theye had worked with elderly or depending what line of work it is if theyehave patience and compassion,how manny years andwhat was their last job working for elderly care, if theye have had any training
Conditions,Illnesses,Disease, including Altzheimers and Dimentia. Routine, Meals, Hours, Special Care, Medications
How do you encourage an elder to do something necessary, like getting u p and walking to the bathroom, when they don't want to do it?
Personality Match, making sure it's in the best interest of your love oneand not just a job. You wanna know that they truly care
Best info is from previous clients - several of them! Also, does he/she present a professional appearance? Looks you in the eye when speaking?
Caregiving is being attentive, anticipating needs, inventive, doing everything to keep patient safe and in their home. IT IS NOT BABY-SITTING.
experience is a must, and any certifications that the caregiver may possess.
-Compassionate -Punctual -Physically able to perform job duties -Energetic -Cooking/ meal prep experience -Holds a CPR certification -Holds a CNA license or has experience -Has reliable transportation
References are a must,ones that can be verified. Driving history .
Ask for Work References and follow up to check background experience. Never take face value
What qualifies you to work with seniors....open ended "Tell me about yourself."
Must have caregiving certificate, or CNA and have S.S, Food Handlers Card,TB Test and reliable car.If they have kids and if they have someone to watch them, No kids should ever be allowed at work.Must Also have a Finger Print Card! And at least 4-5 references. A work history as well.
Get to know them, education, ect. Be wise
Do you have any felonies, Do you smoke are you willing to take a drug test? Make sure for the love of God you do a background check as well heaven forbid you let a thief or someone who has abused an elderly person into the home to do just that.
Some things I have been asked and would ask a potential caregiver are: 1. What experience do you have working with seniors? 2. Do you have experience working with someone who has dementia/Alzheimer's? 3. Do you know how to safely assist in transferring from bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to commode, etc.? 4. Do you know how to properly use a gate belt and assist with it? 5. Are you comfortable with changing adult diapers? 6. Do you know how to change bedding with a patient/client in the bed? 7. Can you competently manage and administer medication? 8. Do you know how to prepare appropriate dietary meals, say for example, what you should and should not feed someone who is diabetic, or someone who easily chokes on food, etc. 9. Do you know how to redirect a confused client? 10. What kind of social interaction would you plan for your senior client? 11. Do you understand that you can never abandon or leave your client until you have been relieved by another caregiver? 12. Do you know CPR and First Aid? 13. Are you calm under pressure? 14. Do you know that you should never argue with your client or keep telling them "you already asked me that question, don't you remember?" Chances are with a dementia client, they don't and won't remember what they said 5 minutes earlier. 15. Are you reliable, dependable, punctual, and compassionate? There are so many more questions that can be asked and depending on the needs of the client, certain questions would take priority over other questions. Hope this helps anyone reading it.
How long have you been a caregiver, and where does your experience derive from?
how long have they have been doing their job and how would they be a great fit
What gives them the sincere passion and drive to assist others. What Experience do they have in the field. What is the best aspect of caregiving, and the worst. Are they good with time management. Can you lift 50 or more lbs, depending on patients mobility. What would you do in case of emergency, patient falling, house fire etc.
I like to ask the applicant why they think they would be good for the particular senior and ask specific questions about how they would handle situations that are likely to come up. If a senior needing help is resistant to having help, I ask how they would overcome this. If the senior resists drinking water , taking medication or eating, I ask the prospective caretaker about how they would handle each of those. I also ask about prior work experience, and why they are in this type of work. Also important to get 3 or 4 references of people they have worked for and to have specific questions for these references. After the initial interview with me, I ask my applicant "picks" to meet the senior and we interview them together. The senior makes the final decision unless I see any red flags at this interview. Good luck. Heather H, Waltham, MA
What experience do you have with specific needs that your loved one has. do you have reliable transportation. what is your availability. references from past families you have cared for. what are your pay expectations. do you have flexibility. are you available to fill in for other caregivers.
1 Do you have a driver's license 2 Are you willing to submit to a back ground check 3 What kind of experience do you have with the elderly 4 Are you able to work the hours needed 5 What caregiving certification training do you have CPR BLS
questions about care they will provide, references, do they enjoy caring for others. How patient are they, how easy it for them to become upset. Will they care for the family like their own, will they give the client the utmost love, dignity, and respect.
Lenght of experience and their field of expertise.
Tips for hiring senior care giver
There are many questions that can be asked but there are a few pertinent or key questions such as: 1. Are you willing to go above and beyond the call of duty in the execution of the role of being a caregiver. 2. How committed are you to your role? 3. Please explain the terms integrity and accountability in relation to your work.
First and for most experience, Why well some people are not elderly oriented people. Especially if dementia/ alzheimer plays a role. There are many boundaries that get crossed by there patients, but not really their fault its the medical condition. The right person will know the difference. Availability- Be sure they are available to the needs of patient.
Ask what a prospective care giver would do in a particular situation
How would a person that is going to take care of will react to your loved one in case of emergency.
How long have you been in the business? Do you have references? Why do you do senior care giving? Are you able to lift and transfer? Do you have cpr certification? Do you know what a DNR is?
Need a kind hearted, caring individual for a few hours a day, 5 days a week for 101+ yr old grandmother. Mostly for companionship, story telling and book reading. She's blind and needs assistance finding her way to and from bathroom as well.
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Get a background check, ask for personal references, their qualifications, reliability, honesty, trustworthiness, caring, kind, respectful and keep in touch with their children and other concerned family members.
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