If you’re considering hiring a homecare provider for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to interview several agencies and compare their answers. Here are the most important questions to ask:

• Do you perform quality checks every 90 days to ensure my loved one is getting the right care, and that our caregiver is still a good match?

• Can you provide same-day placement of a caregiver?

• Do you screen caregivers annually with national background checks?

• Do you coordinate care between the caregiver, our loved one and the family?

• Does a real person answer your phone 24/7/365?

• Do you create a custom care plan that addresses my loved one’s evolving physical, emotional and social needs and happiness?

• Does your philosophy foster lasting relationships between your caregivers and clients?

• Do you provide your caregivers with health insurance, a 401(k) plan, paid sick days and vacation, and pay their taxes and workman’s compensation?

• Do you require annual training to keep caregivers’ skills sharp?

Take these questions with you when you interview caregiver agencies. Then afterward, review their answers side-by-side for a clear comparison of what each provides.

For an appointment with an agency that can answer yes to all 9 questions, contact Homewatch CareGivers of Tucson at 520-219-0363.