Safety Measures in Hiring
Hiring a caregiver or nurse to come to your or your loved one's home means that you're providing them with a level of trust. After all, they're coming into a private residence to work closely with its
inhabitants, many of which often cannot take care of their own basic needs, let alone defend themselves physically.
Thus, there's a level of "chance" that you take in hiring someone to come and spend long hours, often
unsupervised, in a home. Many of these natural fears are unfounded, however, as taking the correct
steps during the selection process will help to ensure that you'll be hiring an honest person. Background Checks, Personal Identification, and Secure Messaging are three of the main things that you should implement when deciding on who to hire.
Background Checks doesn't refer specifically to a criminal record. A Background Check should
certainly include a check on their legal history, but it should also involve you being more hands on in
examining their profiles, resumes, reviews, and references.
First, start off by examining their profile and resume. Pay attention to their certifications, experience,
and education, as you want to make sure that they meet your set standards. Also, be mindful of their
hourly or salary requirements, as well as their available work hours. If theirs do not match up with
yours, you'll be wasting your time from the very beginning.
Second, check out other reviews from credited caregiver or nursing sites. Reading authentic reviews is one of the best ways to gauge the performance capabilities and trustworthiness of the candidate. On paper, they may seem to have all the tools, but it's what they do in the workplace that counts.
Third, make sure that all of their references check out. Forgery is and always has been an issue with
many resumes and profiles, so you want to make sure that what they are telling you is true. If
something is unclear or if you have any suspicions, you should ask questions.
Finally, you should run an actual Background Check on the person. There are different types of
Background Checks, so make sure that you run one on their legal records and one on their Motor
Vehicles record as well, especially if part of their duties includes driving.
Personal Identification means speaking to or meeting the candidate face-to-face, in which you can use your own judgement to make a determination about their character. Once they've passed the
Background Check steps, you should begin communicating with them more directly. There are a few
ways that you can do so, but the best recommendations are to either spend a few minutes with them on the phone or to meet them face-to-face in a setting that you feel comfortable and secure in. If you meet them at your residence, it's advisable to have someone else in the house with you. There is only so much that you can tell about a person through exchanging texts and e-mails, which is why hearing their voice is important.
Not only is Personal Identification about meeting or speaking to the candidate, but it's also about
ensuring that you or the person that they're meant to treat feels comfortable around them. Pay particular attention to the interactions that occur and be on the lookout for any warning signs or
uncomfortableness. You should also ask the patient that they're supposed to assist how they feel about the person. It's advisable to speak to the patient in private, which will allow for more honest and openanswers. If you do end up hiring the person, things like setting up a baby monitor or showing up to the residence unannounced can be ways to further check on things.
Maintaing Secure Messaging practices should also be at the forefront of your mind. Many of the
candidates are often found online, which means that you should be aware of frequent internet scams.
You should try and communicate through a known caregiver or nurse-for-hire website, many of which
prescreen messages to make sure that there are no common signs that are usually associated with
scams. In the beginning stages, it's advisable TO NOT use your personal e-mail or telephone number.
Once you feel comfortable with the person, then you can choose to provide them with your personal
contact information. Communicating initially through a secure website will give you more of