When you are interviewing candidates to hire as a home care provider for you or a loved one, there are certain qualities that are important to look for, so you should have questions set up for the interview that would demonstrate whether candidates have these qualities, that you are looking for.
A good way to start an interview is to ask candidates what they think important qualities for home caregivers to be. Here are some traits that all good home caregivers should have, to ensure that the client receives the best possible care.
This is the most important and obvious quality. You should ensure that the candidates are competent caregivers. They should have the required training and experience in the type of home care that they are providing, whether it is senior care, infants/children, post hospitalization care etc. You can also assess the candidates by asking them questions about how to care for the client, e.g. how do they handle the senior when giving them a bath, what are the safety measures to put in place. Instead of simply looking at their resumes, ask them about their previous experience and what they have gained from it.
A person’s appearance can give you a lot of clues about their general attitude and commitment. And in the case of home caregivers, good hygiene and professional appearance are important things to look out for. Are their nails and hair clean, is their hair neatly combed? Do they look as if they enjoy the type of work they are doing?
It’s important for a care provider to be observant and sensitive to any changes in the clients’ condition. Since that caregiver would be spending time with that client every day, little changes may be noticed, and communicated to the families.
It is important for the home caregiver to communicate effectively with the client receiving care, physicians and family members. Good communication skills are essential for caregivers. It helps them stay connected to their clients and families. You can judge communication skills by the way they answer your questions.
Another very important quality for an expert home care provider is patience and understanding. It’s not always easy to take care of another person – especially in the case of an elderly patient with Dementia/Alzheimer’s, where they may have unconventional behaviors.
You should be able to depend on a caregiver to care for the client as laid out in the client care plan. They should understand their responsibilities, and be able to perform them effectively. Ensure that they understand what their responsibilities are to their client. Are they on time for their shifts or always late?
Sense of humor
Caregivers sometimes, deal with unpleasant tasks. It’s important that they take it all in stride. If they show they don’t want to do a certain assignment with angry body language and tone, then that’s probably not the type of caregiver you want. A smile brightens up the clients’ mood and helps the client feel safe. A smile goes a long way and speaks volumes.
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