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What questions to ask when hiring senior care giver?

Ellen in Houston, TX
June 21, 2018

Tips for hiring senior care giver

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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

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When searching for a senior care giver it is a good idea to inquire if the candidate has any training. It is preferable to hire a certified nurse aide if possible. Knowledge of CPR and first aid is also helpful. If the job candidate has any experience volunteering in the community this could give you some insight into their character, interests and experience as well.

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You can ask any question you want but that's not gonna tell you anything really about whom you are interviewing. Have your loved one incorporated into the interview if possible and see how the care giver interacts, how they handle the situation.

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Tina in London, KY
Aug. 31, 2018

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.

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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.

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Ask for experience, and give a few realistic scenarios good or bad that may happen. Ask what the PCA would do in response.

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experience and how long the have work with a particular client that when you discovered if the will last

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Michelle in Lebec, CA
Oct. 29, 2018

Verifiable References, Education, Experience, Background...and then ask why they are in this field, what do they like about caring for seniors? How would they handle an emergency? and so on...

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About their experience, specify what kind of experience and if they were paid. I'd go on to ask if they were ever terminated from a position,as well as if they have any references

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A couple questions I would ask personally would be, Experience? Transportation, Rate, Availability, Background Check, So on and so fourth.

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User in Tampa, FL
Oct. 11, 2018
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why do you care about senior care

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1. EXPERIENCE, especially for specific illness. 2. Do they feel comfortable to care for family memberif something were to happen? 3. Do they know what to do in case of emergency, besides call 911?

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One important one, to me, would be "What kinds of things are you going to do with my mom (or dad)during the day, to help keep them mentally and physically active?" (After light housekeeping, etc.)

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Susan in North Port, FL
Sept. 26, 2018

how long have you been doing care giving

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Patricia in Ogden, UT
Sept. 23, 2018

What experience have they had? what will their referrals for past work say about them? what is their primary objective or concern when caring for a senior?What is their favorite part of spending time with a senior? What is their least favorite thing?

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Patricia in Tampa, FL
Sept. 22, 2018

I would ask, "How would you handle a situation if my mother became combative, if she began insulting you"?.Alzheimer's & Dementia patients can sometimes say or react in ways that may take a family member or caregiver by surprise.. It's always important to remember to not take anything personal.

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Ask to tell you about their experience. Ask questions about the specific care needs you require. Ask that they bring a resume. Ask to see qualifications and legitimate references working specifically in home care.

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Anabel in Trenton, NJ
Sept. 6, 2018

These were helpful tips. We notice that at our agency we receive several questions like this that are important for people to know.

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Carla in Topping, VA
Aug. 31, 2018

The first question should be Tell me about yourself, Then you can ask why do you want to become a caregiver, Then ask how many years experience they have. Ask a question in regards to how they would respond to a patient who is aggressive and a patient who has dementia, as well as have they ever dealt with a patient who has had a stroke and get detailed information about each answer.

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Lisa in Mansfield, TX
Aug. 30, 2018

Always ask about being flexible as well as experience of the caregiver. All caregivers should show companionship as well as the needs of the families. Caregivers should have a passion for the elderly and passionates should be always given. This type of work should never be looked at as a job but a calling.

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Rose in Downey, CA
Aug. 24, 2018

What experience do you have with?; (be specific) Bathing Lifting or transfer from bed to wheelchair Assistance with toileting Dressing Cooking Cleaning Driving Training and certification? Have you had formal caregiving training? Have you had CPR or first-aid training? What is your current health status - TB test, immunizations, etc? Can you provide documentation for all your training and health status? Are you licensed or bonded? If yes, please provide contact information so I can verify this. References? I like to do a background and credit check on strong candidates to make sure they're responsible and trustworthy. Is there anything you'd like me to know before I run the check? Please provide your full name, address, phone number, social security number, and current photo ID Where was your last job? How long were you there? Why did you leave? May we contact your past two employers? Please provide their contact information. Job details? What days and times are you available and how many hours are you looking for? Talk about your major house rules, for example: We don't allow smoking in or near the house. Absolutely no guests are allowed. Why are you interested in this type of work? Look for someone who enjoys working with the elderly, or a caring, sociable, and nurturing person. My older adult sometimes gets cranky, says rude things, or refuses to do what they need to do. [If those examples don't apply, describe things your older adult is likely to do.] Describe how you would handle situations like that. The bottom line the question you choose to ask and the description of your older adult's needs will tell caregivers what kind of work to expect.

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You get what you hire, so hire someone that you trust. Don't just hire because you are desperate and they seem nice.

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Tia in Hempstead, NY
Aug. 22, 2018

Are you married do you have kids

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User in Richmond, VA
Aug. 21, 2018

Are you flexible? Do you have references? How long did you stay on your last case /or why did you leave.

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Cheryl in Tucson, AZ
Aug. 20, 2018

Ask for documentation on licensing, background check, CPR and first aid. Ask for references and meet one on one when considering a candidate. Personalities play a big part in caring and receiving care. There sould be a good fit.

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I would give them a scenario and see how they can critically think through an emergent or problematic situation. (ie, What would you do in the situation that my father with dementia became combative? What actions would you take if my mother fell in the shower? Down the stairs? ect)

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Ask in detail their experience in home health and if they have any certifications on hand to show you. Also they should provide a resume, if not, show at least 3 verifiable job related references.

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Ask if they are looking for temporary work or permanent work. Ask if they smoke because even if they smoke outside, the odor may be on their clothes and may be offensive to elderly. Ask about their prior experience. Ask what they would do if they were not doing this kind of work. This may give you insight to their overall personality and who they are at the core.

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My best advice is to always require background checks and to observe the potential hire interact with your loved one and do a 30 or more day trial period and also require them to keep a detailed journal of their daily activities, meals they have prepared and their general observation of any changes or concerns with your loved one.

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Ashley in Raymond, MS
Aug. 15, 2018

There are many questions to ask when seeking a senior caregiver. Do you have experience? How much? What services do you offer? Do you find it easy to get along with people you just met? Do you have experience administering medication? What home health services do you not have experience in?

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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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show compassion!

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Beverly in Milan, TN
Aug. 14, 2018

Have you ever worked with the elderly?

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Beverly in Milan, TN
Aug. 14, 2018

Can you tell me about the seniors who you have been their personal assistant and the type of things you did for them?

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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?

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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.

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Joann in Seekonk, MA
Aug. 12, 2018

If the client were to become ill, what would they do? Would they care for it themselves or call the family member?

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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.

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I would ask them to describe themselves in one word another question I would ask is what makes you standout as a care provider.

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Deja in Webster, TX
Aug. 12, 2018

Make sure that your family member will be comfortable with this person being around them.

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Tamala in Venice, FL
Aug. 10, 2018

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?

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Ben in San Jose, CA
Aug. 10, 2018

How can you do comfort care?

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Did you take care of your parents? If so for how long?

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Laure in Edmonds, WA
Aug. 8, 2018

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...

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Alan in Nutley, NJ
Aug. 8, 2018

Normally references are are always the best policy.

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Mona in Calhoun, LA
Aug. 3, 2018

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.

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C in Maitland, FL
Aug. 2, 2018

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.

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Previous job experience and reference

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If they have execparience, transportation, allergy with pets etc.

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Lisa in Columbus, OH
July 30, 2018

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.

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Laure in Edmonds, WA
July 30, 2018

What are your primary needs, how can I help the best way?

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Karina in Redmond, WA
July 30, 2018

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!!!

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Brenda in Oxford, MD
July 29, 2018

1.How long you been in the field?2.lLast five years of employment.3 Certification.4 References and who you work for now.

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Susan in Oxford, NC
July 28, 2018

What lead you to choose private care? How do you feel about growing old? What is your concern about caring for my loved one?

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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.

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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?

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Ask for job ref. if they have good transportation, how long have they been doing this

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Lorraine in Tampa, FL
July 25, 2018

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.

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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?

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Robin in La Porte, TX
July 24, 2018

Must have a liable transportation. Always do a credit and reference check.

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References and work portfolio.

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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.

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Susan in Jackson, MO
July 23, 2018

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.

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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?

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User in Houston, TX
July 23, 2018

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

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Judy in Ontario, CA
July 20, 2018

Conditions,Illnesses,Disease, including Altzheimers and Dimentia. Routine, Meals, Hours, Special Care, Medications

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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?

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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

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Best info is from previous clients - several of them! Also, does he/she present a professional appearance? Looks you in the eye when speaking?

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Caregiving is being attentive, anticipating needs, inventive, doing everything to keep patient safe and in their home. IT IS NOT BABY-SITTING.

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Keri in Spooner, WI
July 18, 2018

experience is a must, and any certifications that the caregiver may possess.

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Kayla in Ashland, WI
July 16, 2018

-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

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User in Selden, NY
July 16, 2018

References are a must,ones that can be verified. Driving history .

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Ask for Work References and follow up to check background experience. Never take face value

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What qualifies you to work with seniors....open ended "Tell me about yourself."

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Tamara in Phoenix, AZ
July 15, 2018

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.

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User in Edison, NJ
July 14, 2018

Get to know them, education, ect. Be wise

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Megan in Elyria, OH
July 14, 2018

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.

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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.

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How long have you been a caregiver, and where does your experience derive from?

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how long have they have been doing their job and how would they be a great fit

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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.

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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

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Lori in Oxnard, CA
June 13, 2018

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.

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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

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THE EXPERIENCE

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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.

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Lenght of experience and their field of expertise.

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Tips for hiring senior care giver

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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.

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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.

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Ask what a prospective care giver would do in a particular situation

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Jolanta in Ocala, FL
June 7, 2018

How would a person that is going to take care of will react to your loved one in case of emergency.

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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?

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Janet in Bethany, CT
June 5, 2018

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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User in Tucson, AZ
June 5, 2018

Is this question for the caregiver???? We are not hiring

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Alicia in Kiowa, CO
June 4, 2018

care and responsable

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Their experience

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1)Have you ever cared for someone with these conditions: memory problems, elderly, wheelchair bound, etc.before? 2)What prompted you to this job? 3)Are you willing to sign a contract?(in here I would list call-offs, being paid for sick days, etc. 4)Are you willing to submit to a background check? 5)Do you have a driver's license and clean driving record? 6)How far from here do you live? 7)What do you expect in

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Dan in Voorhees, NJ
June 4, 2018

how do I go about deleting my profile?

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Ask for a background check and references and follow up. what kind of activities do they like to do with their clients. If they cook what is their favorite dish to make.

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Marva in Greer, SC
Nov. 28, 2018

DO YOU SMOKE, HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE, DO YOU LIKE PETS, WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED PAY, HOW MANY HOURS , A BACKGROUND CHECK, CAN YOU DEAL WITH GROOMING BATHING , LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING, ERRANDS, AND COOKING

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1. Who was your favorite client and why? 2. Who was your worst client and why? 3. Think of scenario questions that apply to your loved one. For instance, "Mom hates taking a bath twice a week, how would you handle her telling you, 'no not today' when it has been 3 days since her last bath?

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I will like to ask their daily procedure/care, when they eat (menus),the Medication they are taking/time, the time they eat /sleep.any concern, what they like or dislike/ there house rule if the have, time they go to bath room/shower, their Doctor and days of appointment/time, and what they can do/ any event they go.The type of food the like.

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Availability, start, pay, how often can work, experience? These are essential questions, all others will come as you conclude the basics.

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