Hiring Caregivers--Cautions

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Hiring Caregivers--Cautions

Postby boxcar9 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:43 pm


Here is a link from Northwestern University, with VERY VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING HOME CAREGIVERS.

http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/ ... ivers.html

This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks.

If you hire a caregiver from an agency for an elderly family member, you might assume the person had undergone a thorough criminal background check and drug testing, was experienced and trained for the job.

You’d be wrong in many cases, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.

A troubling new national study finds many agencies recruit random strangers off Craigslist and place them in the homes of vulnerable elderly people with dementia, don’t do national criminal background checks or drug testing, lie about testing the qualifications of caregivers and don’t require any experience or provide real training.

“These agencies are a largely unregulated industry that is growing rapidly with high need as our population ages. This is big business with potentially large profit margins and lots of people are jumping into it.”

Few agencies (only one-third) test for caregiver skill competency. A common method of assessing skill competencies was “client feedback,” which was explained as expecting the senior or family member to alert the agency that their caregiver was doing a skill incorrectly.

Many agencies (58.5 percent) use self-reports in which they ask the caregiver to describe their own skills. “In the hunt for a job, some people may report they can do tasks that in reality they have no idea how to do,”

Agencies should send a supervisor to do a home visit to check on the caregivers more frequently initially and then at least once a month. But this only occurred with 30 percent of the agencies.

I also think it is perfectly acceptable to ask to see the individual caregiver's background report. There are all different levels/types of background reports and if the agency tells you that they only use an internet database, be wary. Some websites also suggest using agencies that conduct a national background check and perform 6mo driving record checks.

You will initially meet with a "salesperson" NOT the person who is coming into your home. The GOAL of the agency is to MAKE MONEY by providing a service. Hopefully their goal is to also provide the appropriate care in addition to making money.

Be wary of a caregiver who is going on vacation & provides a substitute. Verify that the substitute is sent by the agency.

Also, there is a difference between an "independent contractor" with an agency and an "employee" of the agency.

AGAIN, these items are just a FEW of the things you must consider. Btw, I have NOT found one source that covers all of the things you need to know. And I don't even know if hospice organizations do background checks on their volunteers.

Trusting your gut instinct is important, but always verify.
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