For full-time employees it can be nearly impossible to manage household chores, child rearing duties, or taking care of dependent adults. It becomes even more difficult when unexpected situations arise such as a child’s illness or when adult gets sick. Hiring a caregiver can help you in your daily routine and better manage your time. By choosing to hire a caregiver you can receive the one-on-one attention for your loved one that they deserve. Caregivers provide a wide range of assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding etc. A caregiver can be considered a nanny, babysitter, baby nurse, general care provider, senior caregiver, or general nursing assistant.
Would anyone want to leave their loved one with a stranger? It is vital to have a safe, reliable means of finding a caregiver to reduce overall anxiety and the investment of your personal time.
To embark on a search for a reliable and professional caregiver you must first understand that the process can be complicated. You can conduct a search in many places; ads in newspapers, internet classifieds, bulletin boards at local coffee shops or through word of mouth. These approaches to finding a good caregiver can be time consuming, stressful, and may not yield positive results. One of the best ways to hire a caregiver is through nanny referral agency. With a high level of expertise you would significantly be cutting down on the risk and stress of hiring someone on your own. Some of the common benefits of hiring a caregiver from nanny referral agency are:
Behavioral Assessment and EvaluationThe process of searching, interviewing, and hiring a caregiver is similar to what you would do to hire any professional employee. However, it is not even as easy as it seems. It can be difficult to hire a caregiver independently without the resources of a corporate Human Resource department.
A professional nanny referral agency typically performs a behavioral assessment and evaluation of reliability, professionalism, and overall applicable work experience and education. A professional recruiter with years of experience assesses the caregiver’s qualities through a series of interviews before referring a candidate your way.
References completedSkilled interviewers determine the accuracy of each and every caregiver employment application. An agency does the time consuming, yet important process of verifying and examining professional as well as personal references before placing a caregiver. They provide fast and easy access to a large database of professional caregivers after heavily screening their referrals.
Background check and ongoing registryBackground checks for prospective caregivers are crucial, as they will be taking care of your loved ones and working in your home. Nanny referral agencies generally conduct a complete background check of caregivers including where they lived, studied, worked and also check for employment history, criminal history, sexual offences etc. In certain states registries are available where you can have the caregiver monitored ongoing basis for changes in their background.
Complete profiles providedThe most professional nanny referral agencies upon completion of an applicant’s file provide you with a detailed bio and report on the candidate’s background. They authenticate a caregiver’s identity to ensure that the candidate is providing real and accurate information about his or her own identity or experience. They maintain a sufficient database with complete profiles and ratings of reliable caregivers available in the city or state.
Scheduling and coordination done for youAll families, some or the other time need a short-term caregiver, whether it’s to assist in shopping, post-delivery, watch children when daycare is closed, drive a parent to and from their doctor appointments. A well rounded nanny referral agency can handle all arrangements and scheduling for your short-term care needs as well. They should provide you a custom solution based on your specific need.
Ensuring success of placementA thorough agency carefully considers all your needs and preferences and then provides suitable candidates for employment. An agency can help clarify the roles of their caregivers, and the expectations of both caregiver and the client. They take pride in matching the skills and qualifications of caregivers with your needs to ensure success of the placement.
Provides supervision to care providersProfessional nanny referral agencies provide consistent supervision for the candidates they hire as caregivers. They help the caregivers understand the proper standards of care. They make sure that their candidates have all the necessary information to enroll in some of the important courses such as First Aid and CPR course etc to provide better service.
Along with the reputable agencies serving clients for years, there are some inexperienced agencies so evaluating the professional background of the agency you choose can be crucial. Take your time and review all the services and benefits provided by an agency before making a decision.