What Are Tips for Hiring a Live-in Caregiver?


To hire an in-home caregiver, interview each applicant, run a background check on the selected applicant, contact references and allow the caregiver to spend time in the home before hiring her. Provide the caregiver with a contract, and pay the care provider by check to avoid disputes.

When hiring an in-home caregiver, ask for documentation to prove the person is eligible to work in the United States before hiring the chosen candidate. Determine whether a caregiver with additional training such as CPR training is necessary, and opt for a provider who has the appropriate certifications for the job.

Allow the caregiver to work for a period of one month as a trial to determine whether the caregiver is the right fit for the family. If the caregiver is a good fit, draw up an official employment contract with the assistance of a legal professional.

The contract should include a description the job duties, the expected work schedule, payment terms and what happens if the caregiver is terminated from the position in the future. Both parties should sign the contract. Pay the caregiver with a check rather than cash to prevent any disputes over compensation. Paying by check is also beneficial when filing taxes.