If you find yourself in a situation where you or a loved one needs additional medical assistance around your home, you may want to look into hiring a home healthcare aide. A home healthcare aide can assist with a variety of healthcare tasks that can make everyday living easier.
Tip #1: Use a Licensed Home Healthcare Agency
For the best results, you shouldn't just put out an advertisement and start looking for a random home healthcare aide. Instead, you should work with a licensed home healthcare agency. These healthcare agencies are required to meet compliance standards, which includes doing things such as running background checks, verifying credentials and references, and getting all employees drug tested.
When you work with a licensed placement agency, all their employees will have undergone a thorough background check. Additionally, you will be protected from liability issues when you hire someone through a licensed home healthcare placement agency.
Tip #2: Check References Again
Next, you are going to want to check references again when you find someone that you want to work with. The licensed home healthcare agency should run a detailed background check; however, you can ask for references from people that a particular aide has worked with and follow up with those references to make sure that the aide's style will work for you.
For example, you can ask how the aide spoke with them, how they helped them, and if they put them at ease. You can find out what their personal relationship was with the aide. This can help you decide if the aide's style is right for you.
Tip #3: In-Person Interview
Some people allow an agency to just place a healthcare worker with them. This person will be in your home with you, helping you on a daily basis. It is a good idea to make sure they are a good personality match for you, as you will be spending a lot of time together. That is why you should interview potential healthcare workers in person — to determine if your personalities click and if you can see yourself relying on that person for assistance with your needs.
When it comes to hiring a home healthcare aide, work with a placement agency that will carry liability insurance for their employees, and that run professional background checks on all employees. Call and check references yourself, and always interview any potential workers in person to determine if you are a good fit for each other before going forward with the hiring process.
To learn more, contact a home healthcare agency.