Interviewing an in-home Carer
When seeking a Carer in the home for an elderly loved one, it is imperative you find the right person for the role.
If you choose to employ your own in-home Carer or live-in Carer, here are some of the things you should consider:
- Ask for a CV detailing relevant experience, qualifications or certifications.
- Decide on which questions to ask and how to structure the interview.
- Evaluate their communication and interpersonal skills.
- Gauge their levels of empathy, compassion and commitment to the role.
- Ascertain if they are a good fit with your loved one.
- Obtain references and follow these up.
- Undertake background checks; the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) in Scotland or the Disclosure and Barring Service in England.
- Check their right to work in the UK.
- Source an employment contract.
- Discuss rates of pay, benefits, working hours and holiday commitments.
- Consider how you will find covering care when they go on holiday or are off sick.
- Find out if they are committed to personal development, such as training and staying up-to-date on industry best practices and advancements in care.
- Allow them to ask you questions at the end of the interview and listen carefully to their answers.
Before employing a private in-home Carer, you will need to ensure you are paying them the national minimum wage and calculating the correct tax deductions, tracking their holiday accruals, ensuring that they are taking the correct rest breaks and that they do not go above the maximum number of hours worked in any given week.
Why Choose Bright Care
If employing your own in-home Carer seems overwhelming, you could consider a fully-managed care provider, such as Bright Care. We know that choosing the right care company to look after your elderly loved one can be a daunting decision so we allocate each of our clients a dedicated Care Manager. They can give help and advice about setting up the most suitable care package and manage the care provision for you.
At Bright Care we remove all of the complications involved in recruiting your own Care Assistant by undertaking the whole procedure for you. Our robust recruitment process ensures we only engage the best Care Assistants. Whether you are looking for hourly, live-in, overnight or respite care, we can help you. We also specialise in in-home care for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Our recruitment process includes robust interviews, reference, background and right to work checks, and first-class training at our Bright Care Training Academy for all our in-home Carers. We take care of employment contracts, salaries, holiday, sickness and maternity cover and engage our Care Assistants in their own personal development and provide on-going training.
- Remaining in the comfort of their own home.
- Retaining dignity, independence and control.
- Regular companionship and genuine social support.
- Visits from two hours for all in-home hourly care.
- Emergency on-call service.
- Award-winning and regulated care.
If you would like to find out more about what our clients think about our in-home care, please watch our testimonial videos and read our case studies.