Looking for a caregiver:
There are numerous ways to look for a personal care assistant including personal referrals, word of mouth, our agency, or by advertising in a newspaper or online. If you decide to advertise, please remember the three essential components: a description of the position being offered, a list of qualifications needed and a means by which applicants can reach you. When placing employment ads, it is illegal to list preferences according to age, race, or sex. It is unlawful for ads to contain terms such as “age 25-35,” “male” or “female” wanted, or “college student” preferred.
Interviewing a personal care assistant:
You may receive a number of calls from interested people, so we recommend you identify the best candidates by telephone screening. This is not an interview. Instead, it is an effective way to screen out anyone who lacks the skills, experience, motivation, stability, and maturity to do the job. Telephone screening helps you decide whether or not to schedule a personal interview with the caller. Some of the questions you may want to ask are:
-What experience have you had as a personal care assistant or PCA?
-What hours are you available to work?
-Are you willing and able to travel to the part of town that I live in?
-If selected, when could you start?
Give those who meet your basic needs a brief description of the job and hours involved. Arrange a time and place for a personal interview. Keep track of the appointments you schedule. We strongly recommend that you never hire a personal care assistant over the telephone without conducting a personal interview.
Once your decision is made, contact the applicant and offer them the job. It is important when you are offering them the job to clearly state that it is conditional, as they must still meet the hiring requirements of the agency that handles your services.
If the employee is already employed by Trinion, you will need to phone our office to verify the appropriate documents are on file. If they have never worked for Trinion before, you should inform the office that a new caregiver will be coming in to fill out employment paperwork.
Please note: Your personal care assistant cannot receive pay for any tasks completed until they have met the required employment eligibility terms and completed the employment paperwork and procedures for Trinion Quality Care Services.
A personal care assistant’s ultimate job performance depends on the level of training you provide. You need to be comfortable giving all the instructions to them yourself.