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Caregivers are personal attendants selected, screened, and matched to clients based on needs, conditions, and personality. That includes specialized knowledge on whatever the condition of the patient. 
 
First Thing’s First
An initial aspect of hiring that is particularly important is vetting potential candidates. The screening process should be extensive, with background checks and personal references taken into great consideration. Also look closely at all of the candidate’s credentials, as well as any sort of pertinent experience. 
 
With that done, remember: The caregiver-client match is not based on skill level alone. Indeed, compatibility is key, so be sure to prepare a bucket list of wants before an interview is even conducted. Write down the patient’s likes and dislikes in a companion.
 
Lots of Questions
How can this be done in an effective manner? Ask lots of questions.
 
For instance, does the person who will be cared for have certain pet peeves that can’t be tolerated? Does he or she feel more comfortable with a man or a woman working in this very crucial job? How about likes and dislikes? Do the two people have enough in common?
 
In addition, is there a style of care that is preferred? For instance, does the client feel better having a helicopter caregiver or someone who is not always hovering around when there’s nothing to be done at that moment?
 
Although not typically questions that are asked on a standard questionnaire when trying to find the right person for this job, these matters are very important. Indeed, when working to find the right caregiver, whether through an agency or not, be sure that the possible relationship is one in which everyone will benefit.
 
Is There Chemistry?
Finally, with all of these qualities and – yes, quirks – met on paper and through conversation, there’s one more element that proves to be among the most important, if not the most important, and that is chemistry. After all, if the caregiver and the client don’t mesh as they interact, then how comfortable a situation can this liaison be for either party?
 
So, when the final decision to pick someone as a match for this job, be sure to let the two people involved have private time to get to know each other before the final hiring is done. Perhaps a trial period is necessary once you have decided on a valid candidate. It’s true this is time consuming, but taking that time is well worth the effort in making this kind of arrangement not only successful, but meaningful, too.
 
Freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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