Safe Help In Your Home

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Are you thinking of hiring in-home help for yourself, a relative or friend but don’t know where to begin?

Are you ambivalent about hiring help because your past helpers didn’t do things the way you wanted?

Are you reluctant to have somebody work in your home because you’ve heard horror stories about abusive aides and identity theft?

You know you should interview, screen and check references but don’t know what questions to ask.

You know how you want things done, but don’t know where to begin explaining it to somebody else.

This web site is for you. We’ll walk you through every step of the process from:

•Creating a clear and precise description of the tasks so the helper will do things the way you want;

•Deciding whether to hire through an agency or privately;

•Interviewing, screening and checking references to reduce the risk of abuse, neglect and identity theft;

•Offering the job and signing a contract, and

•Providing feedback so the helper does what you wish.
Don’t worry—it’s not hard. Our detailed checklists direct your attention to things that matter most: safety and comfort in your own home. You can use the checklists to ask candidates how they approach the tasks you’re interested in and see if you’re compatible before offering the job. You can give the checklists to your helper so he/she’ll know just what to do—and how to do it—to please you.

If you and your aging parents are considering paid help in their home, this web site is also for you. It will help you talk calmly and realistically with your parents about the kind of help they’d agree to and how to go about selecting a compatible helper.

Step One: How do you want to be helped? Getting a good job fit

Step Two: What do you want help with? Figuring out the tasks

Step Three: Hiring Safe and Appropriate Staff