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Caregiver Credentials & Licenses

The Type of Licensing/Certification Your Caregiver Should Have

There are different licenses that cover many types of certifications, and the requirements for certification will depend on the care a caregiver provides. Certification requirements also vary from one state to another. Caregivers who assist patients with day to day tasks such as companionship, cooking, and personal care, may not necessarily need to be licensed. Licensing is often required for CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants), HHAs (Home Health Aides), and other professionals that provide medical care.

Hiring Caregivers

Although screening caregivers before hiring them is very important, nothing is as important as meeting your loved one's caregiver personally. This will enable you to determine if they are well suited to meet your unique needs and those of your loved ones.


Ensure that the caregiver provide verifiable credentials including licenses and certification, training and years of experiences. Before you hire a prospective caregiver, there are some questions that you need to ask to determine if they are qualified enough. It’s also important that you engage potential caregivers with “their story” and ask them to give you real life examples of their experiences while caring for seniors. Having a one-on-one conversation will tell you a great deal about the person. The next step is to verify credentials and talking to previous employers. After passing this step, you can then proceed to conduct a criminal background check to verify that you are hiring a trustworthy person. Finally, it’s also important to schedule an orientation and observe how they administer drugs, and how they treat your parent or loved one.


It’s important that you hire caregivers that have positive responses from verifiable industry referees. The experience of an individual can be a good indicator of their future performance. For this reason, consider hiring a caregiver with an independent verifiable reference.

Conducting a Background Check

A lifetime background check is likewise important before you entrust a stranger to take care of your parent or loved one. Sometimes you need to go back up to seven years depending on the type of offense. Below are some of the checks that you should conduct:

  • National criminal background checks
  • State and Federal level background checks
  • Validation of their Social Security Number
  • Address locator to know where a potential caregiver has been living the past few years
  • Sex Offender Registry checking
  • Check for alias or other names
  • Department of Motor Vehicle checks

Consider Assisted Living/Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

Residential Care facilities for the elderly also called assisted living are non-medical facilities that hire qualified professionals and conduct screening and interviews on your behalf. However, consider facilities that are licensed. You can easily get licensure information through government resources on the internet.

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