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?

Right at Home has provided a continous level of superior, professional companionship service to our 82 year old Mother who is afflicted with several Alzheimers-related medical issues. Through 24/7 supervision, Right at Home thoughtfully selected and assembled a qualified team of caring companions and nurses who have demonstrated an extraordinary committment and compassion often in a challenging environment. Tasked with several responsibilities ranging from grocery shopping, to light house keeping, medical appointments, and personal assistance, Right at Home's caregivers have dramatically improved our Mother's overall socialization, disposition and well-being.

D. Mauch