Remember that it is always necessary to act with caution when communicating with anyone you do not know. We recommend when you connect with a potential caregiver, you communicate through Mannies’ website so a communication history can be created. Also, don’t hesitate to stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information and notify member services immediately by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start with a brief phone interview with candidates you’d like to get to know. Just 10 minutes over the phone can help you determine a lot about their professionalism, personality, and experience. Listen to your intuition — if something doesn’t feel right, take a pass on that particular candidate; no amount of questioning will settle those initial feelings.
Now you should have a good feeling about which caregivers might be a good hire. Meet your final list of candidates face-to-face to ask more in-depth questions. For your initial in-person interview, you should meet the caregivers at a coffee shop or other popular public place.
Introduce candidates to you children, even if you already have an idea for the best fit mannie. Your children can help you identify the top candidates, and it’s interesting to how quickly they warm up to the mannie. If the mannie has trouble handling your kids while you’re around, he probably can’t handle them while you’re out.
Mannies does not prescreen any candidate for hire. All service providers have the option to voluntarily submit to a basic level background screening. On the service provider’s profile page, a badge of security will be displayed for those providers who obtained the basic background search.
Contact the references listed on the mannies’ profile, and feel free to ask for more references. Be sure to verify the information your potential caregiver has given you is correct and ask questions about how he performed on the job.
You have the option of initiating a background check if you so desire. You may also need to include a DMV check if the mannie will be involved in providing transportation services. You should have already reviewed the basic level screening. If you want to initiate a background screening, you must obtain authorization and consent from the service provider. Mannies does not provide this service, so it must be initiated on your own.
The first day the mannie is scheduled to care for your child, make that day one where you are in and out frequently, so the mannie and child are left alone only for an hour or so at a time. This let’s the mannie know to expect you unexpectedly, and reassures your child (especially if very young) that you are still available.
Always ask your child how the relationship with the mannie is doing. Once you’ve hired a caregiver, observe the mannie on-the-job to ensure they are meeting your expectations. Your children’s reactions or feelings will reveal a lot about what’s happening when you’re not around.
Warning signs include lack of energy and enthusiasm, a patronizing attitude, or reluctance to change. Additional signs include the caregiver blaming your loved one for problems or issues they didn’t cause, or demanding a level of perfect behavior no person could meet.
Closely monitor your children’s behavior after the mannie is gone, as well how they are prior to the mannie’s arrival. Here are some things to look for:
• Child cries, screams, and begs you not to leave when the caregiver arrives
• Child develops unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns
• Child loses appetite or starts having recurrent nightmares
• Child acts disinterested when caregiver arrives
These are just a handful of examples. If you observe any warning signs, take action immediately.
Installing a nanny cam often helps parents ease any fears about leaving their Senior loved one with a caregiver.
An unexpected visit keeps your mannie on his toes and aware that you are closely monitoring the relationship with your children. Drop in unannounced on an inconsistent basis.