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What Questions Should I Ask When Choosing a Caregiver? Learn the most important questions to ask a potential caregiver to ensure quality care.

Choosing a caregiver for your elderly loved one is a huge responsibility. If you choose the wrong person, there could be serious consequences, so you want to do your best to find out everything you can about this person before putting them in charge of caring for your loved one. In order to insure quality care, there are certain things you should find out. Here are three of the most important questions you should ask when interviewing potential caregivers.

What Kind of Training Do You Have?

This is probably the most important question to ask when interviewing a possible caregiver. If your loved one needs special treatments, you will want to hire a qualified caregiver. You wouldn’t want someone who has no experience administering IVs, practicing this on your loved one. Another reason you should ask this is because someone with the proper medical training will be better prepared if something goes wrong. Make sure they have experience in doing whatever it is that your loved one will require.

What Responsibilities Are You Comfortable Taking On?

Find out exactly what tasks the caregiver will be comfortable doing. If your loved one is going to require help with basic everyday tasks, such as dental hygiene, getting dressed, bathing, etc., you should make sure that the potential care giver is up to that kind of responsibility. Also ask if they are comfortable with light cleaning, and cooking. Don’t just expect that the caregiver will assume the responsibility as housekeeper and cook as well as caregiver. You should be specific about what kind of care your loved one will require.

What made You Pursue a Career As a Caregiver?

This is a very important question to ask. The caregiver should give you a response about how they enjoy working with the elderly and helping people. If they mention anything about how easy the training is, or if they can’t really give you an answer, those are red flags. Make sure the person you hire takes their job seriously, and does it because they want to.