CareGiving requires an impeccable balance between heart and soul and education and training. The following are the things Senior Concierge Providers looks for when hiring new employees.
Florida’s caregiver requirements exist for a reason.
For that reason, we divide our caregiving requirement list into two categories: those that are acquired, learned, and achieved (paper-based) and those that are innately a part of our senior caregivers (heart- and soul-based).
CareGivers must be legal adults, which means age 18 or older. In truth, we prefer that ours caregivers are 21 or older so they have more life experience, maturity, driving experience, and can legally purchase anything their clients may have on their grocery lists.
Literacy and communication skills are a must, so we only hire CareGivers who have a high school diploma or proof they have successfully passed a high school equivalency test.
Our clients need to know their senior loved ones are in safe and honest hands. We run complete criminal background checks on all of our applicants.
CareGiverss are often called upon to provide transportation services for their clients and families. This may be to take the client to medical appointments, religious services, and social engagements or to run errands and do weekly grocery shopping. We’ll run DMV reports each year to ensure our prospective and hired employees maintain 100% clean DMV records and a valid driver’s license.
CareGivers use their own vehicles to provide transportation services. Therefore, it’s essential employees have a reliable car and up-to-date insurance policies that meet our minimum liability limits. We track insurance expiration dates and request proof of updated insurance as needed. Our agency provides paid mileage.
Caregiving is a physically and emotionally demanding job, and our clients are vulnerable. Therefore, we’ll require proof of a clear health check after completion of a full physical by your preferred healthcare provider. We can provide recommendations if you don’t have a physician of your own.
Candidates who have already completed professional CareGiver training/certification that qualifies with Florida’s Department of Health are certainly on the right path.
Whether you have proof of successful completion, or you need training, it must comply with Florida state caregiver training requirements, which include:
Again, we appreciate seeing this type of training or work experience on our prospective CareGiver’s resumes but we are 100% open to providing that training for you if you are the right fit for this specialized work and our agency.
We understand that everyone makes mistakes and learns from them. However, we cannot hire CareGivers with any criminal record, a recent history of drug/alcohol abuse, or who test positive for infectious diseases. This is why we run thorough background and DMV checks, require health certificates, and expect proof of education and training prior to hiring caregivers.
The most important requirements (aka, “qualities”) we look for in our pool of CareGiver applicants are characteristics that can’t be quantified on paper or taught in the classroom.
We believe senior caregiving is a calling, and those who have the call typically have the following character traits:
Do you feel the call to serve others?
Do you have what it takes to be a compassionate senior caregiver?
We’d love to learn more about you and explore whether or not you’re a right fit for our agency.