If you’re a family member who is trying to choose the right elder care for your loved one, if you’re a provider who is interviewing potential caregivers, background screenings are incredibly crucial. Elder care abuse can come in many different forms: emotional, financial, and oftentimes physical. If you’re proactive about selecting the right elder care provider then you can help mitigate heartache, worry, and potential legal action.
While knowing that either you’ve performed a thorough background check or that your home care provider has performed a thorough background check is only the beginning, though. There are several questions you need to ask your home care provider if you’re going through one and not hiring elder care yourself:
- How many years back in the prospective caregiver’s history does their background screenings cover?
- Does their background screening process reflect both civil and criminal records?
- Does the home care provider check licensing status across statue jurisdictions?
- Does the home care provider run credit checks on their prospective elder care givers?
- Do they check motor vehicle records for the applicant?
- Has the home care provider verified all gaps in the applicant’s history?
- Does the home care provider make their own phone calls to references or do they outsource this job?
- Was there evidence of education provided to the company and was it verified?
- What type of criteria does the home care provider use to deny employment to applicants? What offenses are tolerated and what aren’t?