Caregivers have many reasons for why they are dedicated caregivers, but the most prevalent is their desire to help and provide for someone who otherwise will be in need. This desire is what makes them standout in a group and what makes them so good at what they do. 98% of caregivers are doing this work for the people they care for and not for themselves.
Unfortunately we as the employers must always keep in mind that there are people, in every walk of life which will take advantage of those in need and who trust in them is complete and to a fault unwavering. There are people who will take advantage, no matter what the circumstance; and there are people who for one reason or another in this particular incidence, and no other, will take advantage.
How can we trust the person we want taking care of our family or friend? The answer to this question is multifaceted and we will need to learn the ropes of hiring people in this environment. First look to agencies for a hire, they have the most to lose if something goes wrong. They have the vast infrastructure to check out the people working for them. Next, look at friends and family, whom you know and have known for many years, this gives you a tract record. And last, very last, entertain the idea of someone off the street. There is no safety net for hiring someone you don’t know or have no background knowledge of. You have a unique symptomology to new people; some call it a gut reaction, some call in a 6th sense but the truth is listening to your heart, head and stomach. And most important of all, no matter whom you hire keep your eyes and ears open, listen for the unspoken communication and be vigilant.