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The Ten Biggest Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Caregiver

Posted Nov 12 2009 10:01pm

By Shirley Cohen

1. They don’t check references. It is very common for people to believe that they are a good judge of character and fail to perform reference checks. Failure to perform these vital checks can result in the hiring of someone who is unreliable and undesirable.

2. Failure to expect a caregiver to dress professionally for an interview and a care giving job. Tight-fitting clothes, jeans, tank tops, high heels, long, painted fingernails, facial jewelry are all forms of inappropriate attire for a caregiver. Failure to set a standard will result in a caregiver who will be led to think that anything she wears or does will be acceptable.

3. They don’t run a background check. Running a background check is very important these days. There are tons of sweet-looking, sweet-talking people out there with felony records. You don’t want to make a mistake by not taking this step and installing such a person into your home with your frail or confused parent.

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