Caregiver Monday: What to Look For When Hiring a Caregiver

You can hire caregivers from an agency or on a freelance basis.  Different individuals have different preferences.  Personally, I prefer the freelance basis.  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.

Choose a Caregiver that meets your needs
Choose a Caregiver that meets your needs

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:

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


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:

Make sure the caregiver’s physical abilities match your needs

Define the duties and expectations of the job

Feel comfortable with that person and leaving the senior adult with this person

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