Choose who you are?
We believe it is essential that you feel as comfortable as possible with bringing a carer or personal assistant into your home. Interviewing a carer before hiring them is a good way to check that someone is the right person for you.
Before interviewing a potential carer, it is a good idea to prepare your questions to make sure you ask everything you want to and gather all the information you need to make a decision.
Having read the carer’s profile, you will be aware of their experience, hobbies/interests and their personal statement, but an interview will allow you to delve deeper and find out more about a carer, their experience and personality.
Here are some tips for interviewing a carer:
Interviews can be very nerve-wracking for some people, so try to make the carer feel at ease
Avoid asking yes/no questions, try asking something in a way that allows them to give a more detailed answer - how, what, when, why and where are good words with which to start your questions
For example, instead of asking ‘Do you have experience with dementia care?’, you can ask ‘What was your experience of caring for someone with dementia like? How did it go?’
Try to discover whether the carer properly understands what matters to you the most
Make sure that the carer will be able to meet you or your loved one’s care requirements
You can always ask for a carer’s references if you think it will help you in an interview, or when making a decision.