Whether you’re in need of a caregiver because you’re chronically ill, injured and unable to look after yourself for a short period or time, or because you need someone to take care of an elderly relative, it’s very important that you take the time to choose the right person. You can do that by avoiding these common hiring mistakes:

Not Paying for a Professional

The most common mistake that people make when hiring a caregiver is dodging the professionals and hiring an average person to do the caring. The thing is, if they aren’t professional, although they may be well-meaning, they won’t really know how to do the job properly and that could lead to some pretty big mistakes!


Not Getting the Caregiver

If you don’t take references from previous employers or check out the reputation of the agency you’re hiring a caregiver from, then you shouldn’t be surprised when you end up with a carer who is unprofessional or even downright criminal. Ideally, you should conduct a thorough background check before hiring.    


Not Hiring a Specialist  

This isn’t such a problem if you’re simply looking for someone to help you while you recover from broken legs, or something else fairly minor (in the grand scheme of things) similar, but if you’re dealing with something more chronic and serious, such as cancer, dementia or mesothelioma, for example, using websites like MesotheliomaHelp.org and https://www.cancer.org/ to find people who specialize in the kind of care you need is an excellent idea. At the very least, they’ll know what they’re signing up for, and they’ll have experience in helping other people who are dealing with the same issues as you.


Not Getting to Know Them

Caregivers and patients are only human – they have their likes and dislikes – which means that no matter how professional a carer might be or how nice a patient is, things won’t always go smoothly and both parties will clash. To avoid this, it’s always better to get to know the caregiver before hiring them full-time. You could do this by having an extended interview or even hiring them on a temporary basis to see how things go, but just be sure to test out personalities before you sign any contracts!


Putting Cost First

It’s understandable, especially if you don’t have insurance that will cover care, that you might be concerned about paying for a caregiver, but you shouldn’t put this one concern above all the other issues mentioned here. Obviously, you will need to be price conscious is money isn’t in abundance, but still do your due diligence and pay for the best you can afford, rather than just settling for the cheapest.


If you can avoid these mistakes when hiring a caregiver, then chances are you will be matched with a wonderful, caring individual who will meet your needs or the needs of your family, and then some. So, please be mindful of these potential pitfalls when you’re looking for someone!

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Brittany is a blogger who loves to do stories on people who make a difference in the world. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 in Sociology and currently works part time as a Social Worker.

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