It is important when hiring a home caregiver you consider a multitude of factors.  Although home care workers may have similar knowledge and skills, they are not all the same.  Some are trained in basic skills and work at the level of companions, while others have years of training and experience and have specialized training in more advanced skills such as dementia and/or end of life.

It is important to conduct a thorough interview, and you should always interview two or more people prior to making your selection.  When conducting the interview, think about the individual’s skills and training but also about which candidate will be most compatible for you and/or your family member.

The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training staff can provide you with insight on how to conduct an interview, what questions to ask and how to do a background check.

Additional information about conducting a background check through the Arkansas State Police can be found at