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Anna Preston
by on October 31, 2018
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Most of us dread interviews but when you’re the one conducting the interview and the person you’re interviewing is going to be responsible for the daily care of a loved one it can be even more daunting. How do you assess if someone is going to be a good fit for your family? Can you be sure that they will provide good care? What should you ask? According to the Live in Care Hub many people are asking the wrong questions or forgetting to ask about the important issues. This might seem like a daunting list, but not all of the questions will be relevant to all families. Don’t be afraid to ask about specific scenarios either. For example, if you know your elderly relative is likely to wander off then ask your prospective carer how they would handle the situation so you can determine if they would provide the right level of care. Make sure they understand their duties What a live-in carer is expected to do can vary from placement to placement so make sure you ask: • Are you happy to clean? (and how much!) • Are you able to cook? (and how often, can they deal with dietary requirements) • Are you willing to provide personal care? (such as assisting with toileting and bathing) • Will you be able to get up in the night? • Can you walk the dog/empty the cat’s litter tray or other pet care? Get to know them as a person A good live in carer will have similar interests to you or your relative so that they can provide a degree of companionship. They only way to find out is to ask: • What attracts you to being a live in carer? • What are your hobbies and interests? • Can you drive? Are you willing and able to use your car to transport your client? • Would you be happy to travel with your client? Learn about their work experience Many carers have decided to become live in carers after a career in similar jobs such as childcare or nursing. Explore their experience to ensure you think they are able to cope with you or your relative. It is important to ask about specific issues – for example if your loved one has dementia then you need to quiz prospective carers on their understanding of the condition. • What experience do you have of live in care? • Do you have any formal training? • What is your understanding of …. (e.g. dementia)? • Do you know how to use a … (e.g. a hoist)? Check the qualifications Always ask to see evidence of qualifications and certifications – a genuine carer will have no difficulty in providing the paperwork! • Do you have an up-to-date DBS check? • Can you provide a reference from your last position? (Ideally, they should be able to provide two or more references).
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