The two primary routes to finding a caregiver consist of hiring one through a home care service or referral agency and conducting a search for a private caregiver. The former option tends to be more costly, but hiring a private caregiver involves more work and effort to perform various services that agencies provide, such as managing payroll taxes and conducting background checks.
Regardless of whether you opt to go through an agency or to conduct a private search to find a caregiver, expect to do some research. Most home care services and referral agencies have Web sites, but there is no substitute for a referral. Medical professionals and helpers like doctors, discharge workers and social workers are excellent referral sources, but it is also useful to ask lay people if they have any recommendations or experiences in the area. Even people with no experience with local agencies may know of private caregivers who are currently available.
In addition to seeking referrals from other people, search for private caregivers by searching online job boards such as Craigslist or by placing an advertisement in a newspaper or job board. Clarify the job duties in advance, as doing so helps to narrow down the search field.
Researching candidates for caregiving jobs begins with phone screening to discuss the particulars of the job and to find out if candidates have the appropriate experience, training and abilities required for the position. Conduct background checks on all applicants you intend to interview.