When interviewing candidates to serve as a caregiver for your loved one, it's hard to know what questions to ask. Few of us are professionals in human resources. You might feel uncomfortable inquiring about a candidate’s personal life.
Although it might feel as if you are prying, you must know a great deal of information about the person to whom you will entrust the safety and well-being of your aging loved one. To help you, here are 20 questions to ask when interviewing a caregiver. Use these prompts as a starting point and supplement them with additional topics that come to mind.
Training and Experience
You do not want someone with no training or experience to take care of your aging loved one. Inquire about these things to discover how well prepared the person is to serve as a caregiver of an older adult:
- Do you have training as a nurse, nurse’s aide, or other medical professional or paraprofessional? Are you certified or licensed?
- Are you trained and certified in CPR and first aid?
- How many years of experience do you have in elder care?
Current Position and Future Goals
- What is your current position and why are you leaving? When would you be available to start this position?
- What are your long-term goals?
- Do you feel comfortable and competent managing the medications and providing all the personal care of an elderly person, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting and feeding?
- Are you trained and experienced in transferring a person the size and weight of my loved one in and out of a bed, chair, and bathtub?
- What strategies would you use, if an elderly person became confused or aggressive, choked or wandered away from the home?
- Are you willing to perform specified housekeeping duties, such as light housework, meal preparation, changing bed linens and doing laundry?
- Are you willing and able to take an older adult to medical and other appointments? If so, do you have a driver’s license, your own car and comprehensive automobile insurance?
- Describe what it means to be a nurturing caregiver.
- Tell me why you went into the field of elder caregiving?
- What are you looking for in your next position?
- Are you willing to sign a contract?
- Can you provide two references, who are not related to you by blood or marriage?
- This job has a 30-day trial period. Is that acceptable to you?
- Here are the hours the job involves every week. Can you commit to this schedule?
- This is the salary we are offering. Is this acceptable to you?
- Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
- What questions do you have about the job and the person for whom you would be caring?
Every situation is unique, and your circumstances might require additional questions. When in doubt, ask more questions. Talk with an elder law attorney near you to make sure you are complying with the legal requirements of your state for hiring a caregiver. All states have different laws that can vary from the general law covered in this article.
Elder Care. “44 Elderly Care Provider Interview Questions.” (accessed August 18, 2018) https://eldercare.com/44-possible-interview-questions-for-an-elder-care-interview