How to Hire a Caregiver
There is more to being an all-star caregiver than the ability to handle the job responsibilities and meet a specific client’s needs. An all-star caregiver will develop a strong relationship with the client and their family, becoming someone they can trust and enjoy spending time with.
Whether you’re hiring a caregiver for your facility or to work with a family member, it is essential to find someone with the necessary experience, skillset, and professional values. Here’s how to hire a caregiver who will be a trusted companion for the client and someone family members can count on to take good care of loved ones.
Write a Job Description That Shows Exactly What You Need for This Role
An effective and efficient job search process starts with an in-depth job description that clearly describes the role and responsibilities. By taking time to write a comprehensive job description, you’ll have time to think about the client’s specific needs to know the exact skillset and tasks that their caregiver needs to provide the best level of care.
Job descriptions generally have a short summary of the role, the job responsibilities, and the requirements. In the summary section, write a short description of the client’s condition so the caregiver can decide if they have the right background to help them. A client recovering from a broken hip will have different needs than a client who is experiencing memory loss or a client who has a specific illness.
In the responsibilities section, list the tasks the caregiver will need to do for this client, like helping them get around safely and driving them to doctor’s appointments. In the requirements section, be sure to list necessary skills, certifications, licenses, and academic degrees.
Review Resumes to Choose Candidates to Interview
After you post the job, the next step is resume screening. A major perk of writing a detailed job description is that it can help you quickly determine if a candidate is a top contender. When you’re sifting through resumes, see if a candidate has experience with the responsibilities and skills they’ll need on the job and that they meet the mandatory qualifications like certifications and licenses. While experience working with clients with similar needs is helpful, an experienced caregiver can learn quickly and adapt.
Next, you’ll schedule a short preliminary phone interview, also known as a screening interview, with your top contenders to decide who will move on to the longer interview. You’ll learn a bit more about the candidate and can share more about the client, responsibilities, salary, hours, and benefits so the caregiver can decide if they want to move forward with the hiring process. The screening interview will also give you a chance to check for some of the soft skills necessary for a caregiver, such as strong communication skills, professionalism, and empathy.
Interview Caregiver Candidates to Find Out Who is Right for This Client
There is only so much you can tell about a caregiver candidate from a resume, cover letter, and short phone call. By now, you have a general understanding of the candidate’s work experience, certifications and licenses, and soft skills, but a longer interview will help you clarify if this is the right fit for everyone. Caregiving is difficult work, and it is essential to find someone who has the necessary hard and soft skills to be a comfort for the client and their family.
Depending on the client’s needs, some of the required hard skills might be knowing how to drive a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, being able to physically lift the client, and helping clients with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) like bathing, eating, and getting dressed. Just as importantly, a great caregiver will have the right soft skills like organization, attention to detail, patience, positivity, reliability, and strong problem-solving and communication skills.
A crucial aspect of learning how to hire a caregiver is understanding which interview questions will best reveal a caregiving candidate’s experience and values. Questions may include:
- What skills and qualities do you think make you a good caregiver?
- Why do you think you are the best person to help this client? Are you comfortable with the day-to-day responsibilities for this role?
- What is your process for staying organized and attentive? For example, how do you keep track of doctor’s appointments and necessary errands and medication schedule?
- Do you have a process for monitoring a client’s symptoms and behavior? What would you do if you were concerned about a client’s health?
Now That You Know How to Hire a Caregiver, You’re Ready to Post a Job
By this point, you know how to write the job description, screen resumes, and make the most of each interview. You also know exactly how to hire a caregiver and find someone who will make a positive impact on the client’s life. Get started by creating a free job posting on Monster to reach qualified candidates and find the right person for the role.