Caregiver Interview Questions

It’s important to find the right kind of caregiver when trying to get help for a loved one. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be daunting. Finding your loved one care doesn’t have to be. While many people are choosing to use agencies like At-Home Quality Care to provide care for their loved ones, many others choose to hire caregivers independently. Here are a few screening questions that both agencies and independent families can ask potential home health aides.

Caregiver Interview Questions

  • What certifications do you have?
  • Have you received any specialized training?
  • Have you ever worked with someone with Alzheimer’s before?
  • Have you ever worked with someone who was unable to speak?
  • Have you ever worked with someone unable to walk?
  • Have you ever worked with someone unable to dress themselves?
  • Have you ever worked with someone who needed assistance using the bathroom?
  • Can you describe your career goals?
  • Can you tell me about a time where you went above and beyond for a client?
  • Can you give me an example of a time you used creative problem solving?
  • Can you tell me about a mistake you made in your career?
  • What steps did you take to rectify that mistake?
  • Tell me about a time you had difficulty with a client?
  • What did you do to make the situation easier for you and your client?
  • What would you do if your client was confused or combative?
  • If my loved one became violent how would you protect yourself without hurting them?
  • What would you do if my loved one thought you were an intruder?
  • Can you preform CPR?
  • Are you certified in CPR?
  • What skills do you have that other aides may not?
  • What time off will you require?
  • What are your expectations from the family?
  • Will you be providing your own food?
  • Have you ever used a Hoyer lift?
  • Why did you leave your previous job?
  • What are some things you liked or disliked about your previous job?
  • What do you find rewarding about this line of work?
  • Can you cook along special dietary guidelines?
  • Will you learn to cook meals the way my loved one likes?
  • Are you comfortable with preforming specific personal care or hygiene tasks?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you have a driver’s license?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • Do you have your own vehicle?
  • Are you comfortable using your own vehicle to transport my loved one?
  • Are there any tasks that you are uncomfortable preforming?
  • What are your salary requirements?

Your loved one deserves the best care available to them. Finding the right person for the job is essential. A good caregiver will be well prepared for the challenges and complexities of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Screening candidates by asking the right questions can go a long way in ensuring long term comfort and security for your loved one. While not fool proof, asking the right questions will enable you to make an informed decision about the people you bring into your loved one’s life.

Dylan Loughney

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