Choosing a Home Care Provider
Prepare to interview your potential provider. It is recommended that employers thoroughly interview any potential worker.
The following questions may be helpful in preparing for the interview:
- What is the provider’s experience in providing care?
- Does that experience meet your needs?
- Does the provider have training, certifications, or licenses related to caregiving?
- Does the provider have reliable transportation and car insurance if the provider is expected to provide transportation?
- How will the provider get to work should there be transportation problems?
- Does the provider have recent professional references (not friend or family)?
You need to be aware of the following before the interview:
- Identify which specific tasks are expected to be performed by the provider. Know what your expectations are regarding the outcome of these tasks.
- Identify the specific days and hours of service required and the projected length of time; i.e., one week, three months, etc.
- Know what you are willing to pay the provider for the identified tasks.
- Know how often you will pay the provider; i.e., weekly, which day of the week or month, etc.
- Decide who will be responsible for tax withholdings (state, federal, Social Security/FICA). For questions regarding taxes, contact your nearest Virginia tax office for guidance and forms.
- Will you offer benefits such as vacation and sick leave?
- Will you hire the person on a trial basis? If so, for how long?
- If the provider is giving care during a mealtime, will you be offering the provider a meal?
- Are there restrictions; i.e., no smoking in the home, no substitution of unauthorized provider, etc.?
Interview several individuals until you find a satisfactory match. It is important that both the employer and provider are comfortable with the work arrangement. Put your work agreement in writing. It is best to put the work agreement in writing. Both you and the provider should have a signed copy of the completed agreement.
Put your work agreement in writing
It is best to put the work agreement in writing. Both you and the provider should have a signed copy of the completed agreement. Periodic reviews and updates are recommended to help keep the arrangement going smoothly.
This information has been excerpted from the Fairfax County Home Care Registry.