Acquiring Care
Caregiver Checklist
By Tandem Care Team

Finding the right person to care for your loved one has the power to bring great joy to the whole family. But the process of finding a caregiver can be stressful, especially if you’re already balancing the care for your loved one, your family, your job, and your friends. Tandem, however, makes it easy for you to find a caregiving match, or in some cases up to four matches. The best way to find the perfect match for your loved one is to hold in-person caregiver interviews.

Without having a plan of action and a specific list of questions to ask before you begin, however, it can be difficult to ensure that you’re asking the right questions in order to find the best, most qualified person for the job. 

The following questions will help ensure that you and your caregiver are on the same page in terms of scheduling, training, and what’s expected of them while on the job. Once you move past these pertinent details, the interview can really help clarify which candidate will be the best fit from a personality standpoint. And, of course, always listen to your intuition – if something doesn’t feel right, don’t hesitate to move on. 

Experience & Skills

  1. What makes you the right person for this position? 
  2. Do you have any special skills that would be relevant for this job? 
  3. Are you comfortable with personal care, like toileting and bathing? 
  4. Can you tell me about your previous experience as a caregiver? 
  5. How many years have you been working as a caregiver? 

Training & Certifications

  1. What are your qualifications? 
  2. Do you hold any caregiver certifications?
  3. Are you CPR/First Aid certified? 

Work Examples

  1. What do you like most/least about what you do? 
  2. Can you tell me about a situation you had with a client that was challenging? If so, how did you handle it?
  3. Have you ever experienced a personality conflict while at work? If so, how did you handle it? 

Your Mutual Expectations

  1. Do you have any questions about the job description? 
  2. Would you be able to stay late or overnight occasionally if needed? 
  3. Are you willing to work the hours we’re asking? 
  4. Is your schedule flexible? 
  5. Are you open to being called in at the last minute? 

Transportation 

  1. Do you own a reliable vehicle? If not, do you feel comfortable driving our car?
  2. Are you willing to transport clients in your car? 
  3. Can you provide proof of insurance? 
  4. Does your insurance cover everyone in the car? 

Personality Fit

  1. Why did you become a caregiver? 
  2. Are you comfortable with pets? 
  3. What are your interests/hobbies? 
  4. Do you smoke?

There are certainly plenty of other questions that you can ask potential caregivers. However, these serve as a great jumping off point to get the conversation started. Although the process can seem stressful, taking the time to find the right caregiver can end up paying off in the long run. Choosing the right caregiver is an important decision--one that can have a positive effect on your loved one’s physical, mental, and emotional health for years to come.