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12 Interview Questions to Ask an In-Home Aide
- April 29th, 2013
Most older Americans want to remain in their homes as long as possible. For growing numbers of elders – and concerned family members – this is only possible with the help of a home care aide. As we discuss in another article, there are two basic types of aides and two ways to engage one: either through an agency or hiring one yourself.
If you hire through an agency, use the questions you’ll find at Eldercare Locator to screen and vet the agency.
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Then, use the following questions to interview the candidates they suggest or those you have found on your own:
- Can you provide me with your full name, address, phone number, social security number and current photo ID so that I can run a background, including credit, check? (If interviewing an agency candidate, request contact information only.)
- Can you (your agency) provide me with copies of current documentation related to personal insurance, bonding, workers' compensation, and current health status (TB test, immunizations, etc.).
- Can you (your agency) show or provide me with current documentation related to specific services and assistance (dementia care, CPR, etc.) you are trained/certified to provide?
- Tell me about your experience as an in-home aide – how long you have been providing care, previous work situations, etc.
- Can you (your agency) provide me with references related to past clients and employers.
- Why did you leave your last position? (If they have not left this position, ask how they plan on coordinating schedules.)
- What are your expectations if I hire you?
- What hours and days will you be available?
- What hourly rate do you expect, and how do you expect to be paid?
- How do you like to get feedback and suggestions?
- What do you like and dislike about home care?
- Situation-specific questions related to specific issues, such as ability to prepare culturally appropriate foods or competency in the older person’s language, should also be asked.
AARP: Needs Assessment Checklists
Administration on Aging: How Do I Hire a Home Care Employee?
Family CaregiverAlliance: Hiring In-Home Help
National Institute on Aging: There’s No Place Like Home – For Growing Old
Mayo Clinic: Home Care Services: Questions to Ask
Veterans Administration: Aide and Attendant Benefit
ElderCare.gov: Where and How to Find Community Resources
Caring Connections: Caring for Someone
ElderCare 911: The Caregiver’s Complete Handbook for Making Decisions, S. Beerman, MS, MSW and J. Rappaport-Musson, CSA (2008, Prometheus Books)
Last Modified: 04/29/2013