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Our Hiring Process

The Caregiver Way

Woman smiling Caregivers, you rock! We are so excited that you are considering work in the senior care business with us at Homewatch CareGivers of Ann Arbor. Professional in-home dementia caregivers have much to give to their fellow community members who may need a little help with daily activities like meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing, and being a companion. As with any job, there are some required skillsets, checks, and training.

Steps to Becoming a Caregiver

While we do prefer that our caregivers be a Certified Nurse Aide or Home Health Aide, we also understand that everyone has to start somewhere in their career. People who are self-motivated and able to work well with a team, will stand out to us as candidates. Before hiring any new caregiver, we confirm the following:

  • National background check
  • ICHAT background check in Michigan
  • Proof of successful TB tests
  • Sex offender background checks
  • Reference checks to verify accurate previous employment and character information
  • Proof of reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and car insurance
  • Proof of CPR and First Aid certification
  • Proof that you are authorized to work in the United States

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  • “It would be impossible to find a more professional, courteous, ...”

    - T.S.

  • “She relishes her independence and Homewatch does such a fabulous ...”

    - C.B.

  • “They are exceptional, reliable and kind, caregivers.”

    - S.T.

Safety & Learning Matters

Many of our caregivers have previously worked in a nursing home or assisted living facility, which is a very different type of caregiving. Therefore, we have required skills training for all of our in-home Alzheimer caregivers. For example, we do transfers training because they may be the only caregiver in the home to assist the individual.

We also provide caregiver mentoring or shadowing that serves to give our caregivers more confidence on the job. This also shows a new caregiver how to interact in a home setting, as opposed to a facility.

Our Homewatch CareGivers University is our own online learning platform, which we use to provide ongoing education for employees about HIPAA, dementia care and more.

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