Hiring anyone for work that you need to have done can be a job in and of itself. But if you’re hiring a personal care assistant for yourself or a loved one, you may really have your work cut out. You are entrusting this person with your well being or the well being of your loved one. You want to make sure that the person you hire is qualified, compatible and trustworthy.
Hiring through an agency — perhaps one recommended by your hospital or rehabilitation center — can make the job less stressful. The agency can do the background checks and provide an assistant with the credentials and certification that you require. The agency may also take care of reimbursing your assistant and complying with all the necessary employment laws.
But you may want to find and hire the person yourself. A useful place to begin is with a list of characteristics that you want in the person you hire. Once you have advertised and selected the applicants you plan to interview, prepare a list of questions. Give these careful thought, as you want to encourage a free dialogue, which will give you an idea of not only each candidate’s qualifications and experience, but also his or her personality. A key part of this process is the background check. Get a detailed work record and references from former employers. Get a copy of each candidate’s driver’s license and his Social Security number.
Once you have the person you want to hire, draw up a contract that makes responsibilities, compensation and reasons for termination clear. This will help you avoid any misunderstandings down the road. Go over the food you will provide and discuss personal habits that you require, such as dress and language.
At the same time, research your own responsibilities as an employer. You must pay your hire at least a minimum wage and provide overtime if he works more than 40 hours a week. Your home must be hazard-free, and you cannot subject him to any behavior that could be construed as hostile. Also check into any worker’s compensation laws that you need to comply with.
Take a thorough approach, and you’ll find a supportive and skilled assistant who will fit seamlessly into your home and family routine. The right durable medical equipment, provided by a vendor you can trust, can also go a long way toward making life productive and rewarding. At Power Mobility and Lifts, we take pride in the products and service we offer to customers throughout Arizona. Give us a call.