Questions to ask your live-in carer

Bringing someone into your home on a full-time basis is a daunting prospect. Which is why ensuring you are asking the right questions beforehand is essential to making the right decision. While all live-in carers through Guardian Carers are rigorously vetted before you meet them, meeting someone face to face and speaking with them is the best way to see if they are the carer for you which is why we arrange face to face interviews for you - this is also the best time to ask any and all questions you might have for them.

Here are some of the questions we believe are important to ask your potential live-in carer.

What qualities do you bring to the role?

Are they a good listener? Do they have a knack for putting people at ease or making them laugh? Aside from technical knowledge, these softer skills provide the basis for their care work, allowing them to form positive relationships with colleagues and clients alike.

Can you explain how you have dealt with a stressful situation?

While this may be uncomfortable to speak about, ensuring you employ someone who will manage these types of situations effectively is imperative. Often stressful situations require quick thinking and initiative which are also essential qualities in a carer. Being a carer means dealing with stressful situations is a must, but also knowing they can relate to your own stresses and will be a shoulder to lean on.

How do you maintain a client’s dignity when carrying out personal duties?

A significant aspect of hiring a live-in carer is that you are able to stay in your home for as long as possible, living independently. Knowing how a carer will handle duties that are very personal such as assisting with toileting and showering in a manner that is respectful and maintains your dignity is imperative to you feeling independent in your home.

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