Checking References

If you are hiring a friend or relative you may choose not to check references. However, before you make a decision about hiring a stranger be sure to check each applicant’s references. Checking references will be the best opportunity to find out more about the applicant’s work ethic and personality.

  • Call former employers if possible as listed on their application.
  • Look carefully at how long they were employed at each place.
  • Ask former employers if the applicant worked there and the dates worked.
  • Ask each reference any question you like, but keep in mind they do not have to legally answer all your questions.
  • Ask about their work qualities.
  • Ask about their personality and how well they got along with clients and co-workers.
  • If work references are not available, check personal references.
  • Contact the applicant for more references if necessary.

Hire Your Own Caregiver

Patients can hire a caregiver they know and trust, even a close family relative.

Family Caregivers Get $

Unpaid family caregivers can get paid for their time and services.

No Certification Needed

No certification or training required, so anyone can get started right away.

Greater Control Over Care

Hiring your own caregiver gives you greater control over the quality of care.

More Freedom in Care

Personal assistants are allowed to administer skilled services such as wound care.

Consumer Directed

CDPAP requires minimal interaction with home care agencies.

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