How do you hire a private caregiver?


Quick Answer

To hire a private caregiver, use an agency that provides private in-home care, such as CareLinx. You also can ask for recommendations from friends or place an ad for a private in-home caregiver in your local classifieds.

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On CareLinx.com, enter information about the person you are seeking care for and the corresponding ZIP code. Share details about yourself and your situation in a series of questionnaires. CareLinx.com asks about the daily activities you need help with and any special concerns you have.

CareLinx.com matches your needs and concerns with any appropriate private caregivers whose skill sets match. Peruse caregiver profiles, which include hourly rates. Lastly, contact caregivers you're interested in via CareLinx.com and arrange to vet candidates or hire a caregiver.

CareLinx.com is essentially an interface that connects individuals and caregivers. However, you can achieve the same goal on your own. Caring.com suggests fishing for private caregivers by word of mouth or perusing job boards.

Before doing so, assess your situation and your needs, especially how often you require a caregiver and for what, including specialized care for conditions such as the onset of dementia. Conduct preliminary telephone interviews, and collect references. Inform candidates you intend to perform background checks.

Arrange second interviews with candidates whose references and background checks are viable. For the second interview, ask more in-depth questions about the candidate's work history and special training. Describe the job in detail to prospective candidates, and ask each how he feels about the duties.

Narrow your pool of possible caregivers to candidates whose skill sets, experience and personalities most complement your personality and your situation.

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