Failing to provide a complete list of needs
Before interviewing a caregiver, it is important to determine the full range of services you’d like provided. Are you, for instance, hiring somebody to run errands like going shopping only or will the caregiver also be required to probably bathe the care recipient? Documenting the full range of services to be provided not only guarantees that your loved one will get the care he or she needs but also helps mitigate against the possibility of disagreements with the care giver.
Failing to check references
Regardless of what caregivers say about their services, it would be a grave mistake to hire them without checking references. When you remember that you are introducing strangers to your home who will spend huge amounts of time with a vulnerable loved one, you cannot afford to take any chances. Before contracting a caregiver, confirm that the company’s reputation is beyond reproach and that it is manned by personnel who have undergone thorough background checks.
In addition to checking references, it would be wise for you to conduct your own due diligence as what worked for somebody else might not necessarily work for you.
Failing to check on the care giver’s insurance and licensing
If an employee of the care giving company got injured while working in your home, you’ll be held liable if the company is not insured. Registration one the other hand helps confirm that you are dealing a reputable and legit company.