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How to Hire and Keep Caregivers

Posted by on August 28, 2019 in Stuff with 0 Comments

Reasons why someone would need a caregiver are various, from being elderly through living with a disability to recovering from an injury. All of these life situations are different and therefore require a different type of care. This is why finding a caregiver that can fulfill your needs is so important, so keep on reading to get some tips on hiring and keeping the right support worker.

Decide on your needs

First things first, you need to have a clear idea of why you need a caregiver. This will, of course, depend on the issues you or your loved one are dealing with. Do you expect full-time in-house care? Should this person move into your home? Will they be there for a few hours a day? Do you only need help with certain activities? How much experience should they have? Do they need special training? How much can you afford to pay? Once you have all your requirements on paper, you can start your search.

Create a job description

Being aware of your needs will help you write a clear job description. This step is essential when looking for the right candidate to take care of your loved ones. The description should include all the tasks the caregiver is expected to perform, the education and training you prefer and how much you are paying for this job. Try to be as specific as possible, even break down the activities hour by hour. Having these details will help the potential applicants see how demanding the job actually is and decide whether it’s the right fit for them. Once you have the description, you can post an ad on an online platform that specializes in connecting people with support workers, look at a local agency or registry of caregivers or even ask your friends for some recommendations.

Interview potential caregivers

It’s vital to interview a few people that apply as then you will see what your options are and you’ll be more likely to find a perfect match. You might even meet several times with the same candidate to ensure they are what you are looking for. For starters, you should ensure they meet the basic requirements of the job ad. Later on, you can have a more detailed interview to see how much experience they have and at which tasks. Ask specific questions, such as what they would do in certain situations. Get a list of references you can check to ensure they are as good as they claim to be. Finally, they should meet the person they will potentially be taking care of. Arranging a trial period to see how they will perform is a good idea. If they are just not what you or your loved one need, it’s time to move on.

Sign a contract

If you do find a caregiver you are willing to employ for a longer period of time, you need to draft an employment contract. There is no need to make it complicated – its purpose is to clearly state all the details of the arrangement. By signing it, both of you are showing that you understand the expectations and agree on the terms. Include the job description, schedule and salary as well as any other specifics you agreed on.

Make sure to pay legally

When it comes to keeping a good caregiver by your loved one’s side, you need to treat them properly. That includes paying them legally. Don’t try to avoid employment taxes as getting caught by the authorities can put you in a lot of trouble. If you’re not sure how to file these taxes, contact an accountant or use online payroll services.

Treat them kindly

The most important tip for keeping a caregiver is to treat them kindly. Remember that they are people too, not your personal slaves. It’s understandable to be frustrated if you’re in a situation where you cannot take care of yourself but treating your support worker terribly will not help you. Furthermore, don’t take advantage of their kindness. Some people are willing to go above and beyond to help you, but keep in mind that they also need some downtime.

These six tips should be enough for you to find the right caregiver for yourself or your loved one. By knowing where to look and how to treat your support worker, you are sure to have a productive relationship with them where everyone will be satisfied.

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