Caregiving Monday: Tips to Consider when Hiring Private Caregivers

You can hire caregivers from an agency or on a freelance basis.  Different individuals have different preferences.  Personally, I prefer the freelance compassion 2basis.  That way if I don’t feel an assignment is a good fit, I have the choice to say no thank you and walk away.

Other people swear by hiring someone from an agency.  You have to decide what you prefer. I know some families that have both freelancers and an agency.

There are pros and cons to either choice.  Research your options to find the solution that will best fit your circumstances.


With an agency, caregivers are:compassion

  • Licensed
  • Bonded
  • Insured
  • Often have workman’s compensation coverage
  • Backup care

My best piece of advice is to interview the caregiver and make sure the individual is a good fit with you {you will essentially be the one in charge}, the person being cared for and the overall situation.

When you interview a prospective caregiver make sure you:parents

  • Make sure the caregiver’s physical abilities match your needs
  • Define the duties and expectations of the job
  • Ask about previous experience
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for references


What do you look for when hiring a caregiver?


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