Help! I have no children but I need a Caregiver!

By Roz Jones

You may not have children, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a caregiver. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, recent surgery, or simply need help around the house as you get older, hiring a caregiver can be a great solution. But before you bring someone into your home, it’s important to do your homework and make sure they’re the right fit. Here are four questions to ask.

Do they have experience? 

This may seem like an obvious question, but it’s one that’s worth asking. You want to make sure that the person you’re hiring has experience in the type of caregiving you’re looking for. If you’re looking for someone to help with basic tasks around the house, for example, you don’t necessarily need someone with medical training. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with a more serious health issue, you’ll want to make sure the caregiver has the necessary skills and experience. 

Are they licensed and insured? 

Again, this is an important question to ask—particularly if you’re considering hiring an in-home health care provider. You’ll want to verify that they are licensed and insured in case something happens while they’re on the job. 

What are their availability and hours? 

Caregiving is a demanding job, so it’s important to make sure that the person you hire is able to commit the time and energy required. Discuss their availability and hours upfront so there are no surprises down the road. 

What are their rates? 

This is another question that’s important to address upfront. Caregiving can be expensive, so you’ll want to make sure that the rates are within your budget before moving forward. 


Hiring a caregiver can be a great solution if you’re dealing with a chronic illness, recent surgery, or simply need help around the house as you get older—but it’s important to do your homework first. Make sure you ask potential caregivers about their experience, licensing and insurance information, availability, and rates before making your decision. Once you’ve checked all of those boxes, then you can move forward with confidence knowing you’ve found the right fit for your needs.

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