Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver

In Home Caregivers

Finding an in home caregiver is an important part of caring for seniors and loved one. Right at Home specializes in providing trained and qualified in home caregivers to families across the United States. There are many factors and questions to ask someone looking to provide in home care.

If you decide on in-home care, there are several questions you should ask to ensure that your loved one will stay safe, healthy and happy:

  1. What happens if you or your caregiver becomes ill or are otherwise unavailable? What are the alternate arrangements?
  2. Do you pay your federal and state taxes, Social Security (FICA) and unemployment insurance, so that our family is not legally responsible?
  3. Can you verify that you and your caregivers are legally able to work in the United States?
  4. If you or your caregiver are injured at a client's residence, who is responsible? (Many homeowner's insurance policies exclude injuries to "domestic employees.")
  5. Do you perform criminal background checks and state abuse registry checks? Do you check caregivers' references from prior work history?
  6. Are you bonded or insured in case one of your clients is injured or there's a theft?
  7. How do you document that your services were indeed completed?

My family [member] has experienced a traumatic injury. I was attempting to do it all by myself and finally reached the point of being overwhelmed. I contacted Right at Home and the Owner of the company was at my house that day! All the little and big things I could not find the time to do are now taken care of. Now I have the assurance that I can leave my home and know that I have an experienced, licensed professional taking care of my family. Always on time, honest, professional, trustworthy, hard working, articulate and caring. I was pleasantly surprised to have Right at Home's Director of Quality Assurance drop by for a visit to make sure I was getting what I needed and in such a manner that was safe and of the highest standard. I feel now that Right at Home is an extension of my family. I trust them. I need them. They are here for me.

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