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Top 25 Interview Questions You Should Ask a Potential Caregiver

Article submitted by Rebecca Sharp Colmer: Eldercare Advocate, Author, Publisher, Speaker. Find Rebecca’s books online.
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Finding the right caregiver to take care of your loved is not always an easy task. Here are some key interview questions to help you get started. Be sure to take notes during the interview. Always check the references of at least two final applicants. Don’t wait too long to make the offer, as good applicants may find another job. If the offer is accepted, the caregiver and the in-home helper should set a date to sign the contract and begin work. Both employer and employee should keep a copy of the contract.

  1. Name, address, home phone number, cell phone number, and the best time to call.
  2. Do you smoke?
  3. Do you have a driver's license? If yes, do you have reliable transportation and insurance? How far from here do you live?
  4. Do you have any CPR or first-aid training? Do you have any formal caregiving training?
  5. Do I have your permission to run a background check?
  6. What type of position are you looking for? After reviewing our job description, is this the type of position you are looking for?
  7. Can you perform the duties required for this position?
  8. Are you comfortable with pets?
  9. Are you able to work the hours needed?
  10. When are you available to start working?
  11. Do you have any medical conditions to prevent you from heavy lifting? Would you be able to transfer someone from a wheelchair into a car or onto a bed?
  12. If we are delayed, go out of town, or go on vacation would you be able and willing to adjust your schedule?
  13. Where was your last job? How long were you there? Why did you leave? May we contact your past employer? Please provide contact name, phone number, and email address.
  14. If meal preparation is needed, what kind of food do you cook? Have you had experience cooking for other people.
  15. How do you feel about caring for an elderly/disabled person? Or a person with memory problems?
  16. How do you handle people who are angry, stubborn, or fearful?
  17. What type of diagnoses have you cared for?
  18. Is there anything in the job description that you are uncomfortable doing?
  19. Give an example of a difficult situation you handled with a client. For instance, how did you handle refusing to take a shower?
  20. What time commitment are you willing to make to stay on the job?
  21. Will you keep daily records? Do you know how to use a computer?
  22. Why should I hire you?
  23. Are you willing to sign a contract saying you will not accept money or gifts from my parents?
  24. How will you keep the family informed?
  25. Can you give me two work related and one personal reference?

When you hire a caregiver be sure to provide an employment application, W-4 tax Form, job description, and summary of the care-receiver's condition. Ask the caregiver to provide written references, completed employment application, completed W-4 Form, and signed copy of job description, copy of driver's license, car registration, and insurance.