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What are the best ways to hire a home care worker?

En español | Have job candidates bring a résumé or job history, as well as names and telephone numbers for at least two references. Make sure to get the person’s proof of identity, ideally a Social Security card or a driver’s license. You can also ask if the candidate has ever been in trouble with the law.

Describe to applicants your loved one’s needs, health concerns, likes and dislikes. Outline the duties you expect them to perform. If possible, make sure your loved one participates in the interview or at least has the opportunity to meet anyone you would like to hire.

Find out if the job candidates have any special training, such as working with clients who have dementia or other conditions. Also ask about work history, including reasons for leaving the last job.

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