Safety

1 Read reviews

Read the reviews other customers have posted on the mannies you are considering hiring. Customer reviews are about the most solid endorsement you can obtain.

2 Check references, credentials, backgrounds

Check credentials and references provided by the mannies, and decide whether to conduct your own background screening. If references and credentials are not provided, then you may request them from the mannie you are considering. A mannie without references and credentials is a flag and you may need to consider others.

3 Be careful

There is a competitive element among the mannies. However, you should be careful if a mannie severely underbids a project you have posted. Competitive elements should be based more on the quality of services, experience, and customer reviews.

4 Conduct online & social media searches

Research online profiles of service providers to assure they are who they say. Review social media pages and review the interaction they have within their own social circles. Some people block their online account information for privacy reasons, so expect this to happen at times.

5 — Conduct interviews

Don’t be shy about contacting the mannies you are considering for a telephone or in-person interview. They should be more than willing to accommodate such requests.

6 — Use your best judgment

There is risk associated with any hire you make, regardless if it is through Mannies, another web site, or a neighbor’s referral. So, take your time in choosing the right mannie for the job.

7 — Obtain copies of the service provider’s ID

Request copies of the drivers license, social security card, and possibly a utility bill to keep on file while the service provider is employed.

We’re here to help

Our experienced support team is available to address your questions or concerns. Email us at support@mannies.com.



Additional Tips to Hire a Mannie for Senior Care


1 — Interview Candidates

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 support@mannies.com.

2- Conduct Phone Interviews

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.

3 - Conduct In-Person Interviews

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.

4- Gain Approval from Loved One

Introduce candidates to your Senior loved one, even if you already have an idea for the best fit mannie. Your loved one can help you identify the top candidates. And if a caregiver has trouble interacting with your loved one while you’re around, he probably can’t handle them while you’re out.

5 - Review Basic Background Screening

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 screening. If you are considering a mannie who has not yet provided a background screening, you can request this process be initiated.

Check References

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.

6- Initiate a Premium Level Background Screening

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.

Monitor the Relationship

1 - Communicate with Senior

Always ask your Senior loved one how the relationship with the mannie is doing. Once you’ve hired a caregiver, observe them on-the-job to ensure they are meeting your expectations. Their reactions or feelings could reveal a lot about what’s happening when you’re not around.

2 - Look for Caregiver Warning Signs

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.

3 - Look for Senior Warning Signs

Looks for signs of change in your Senior love one, such as behavior, physical, attitude, and overall behavior. Does your Senior loved one suddenly change moods when your mannie arrives? You know your Senior loved one best, so go with your best observation and hunch as to how the relationship with your mannie is doing.

4 - Install a Nanny Cam

Installing a nanny cam often helps parents ease any fears about leaving their Senior loved one with a caregiver.



Additional Tips to Hire a Mannie for Child Care


Interview Candidates

1 - Contact Your Short List

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 support@mannies.com.

2- Conduct Phone Interviews

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.

3 - Conduct In-Person Interviews

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.

4 - Gain Child Approval

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.

5 — Verify History & Background Review Basic Background Screening

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.

Check References

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.

Background Screening

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.

6 — Monitor the Relationship Check Up on First Day

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.

7 - Talk with Your Child

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.

8 - Look for Caregiver Warning Signs

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.

9 - Look for Child Warning Signs

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.

10 - Install a Nanny Cam

Installing a nanny cam often helps parents ease any fears about leaving their Senior loved one with a caregiver.

11 - Come Home Unannounced

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.