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Our Hiring Process

The Caregiver Way

/types-of-care/To our clients and their families, our in home caregivers are reliable and compassionate assistants who can help with daily activities like meal preparation, light housekeeping, going to doctor appointments and more while also giving loved ones needed respite care. To us, our employees at Homewatch CareGivers of Annapolis, are valuable assets making a difference in the lives of our fellow community members. When we hire an Alzheimer caregiver or other care team member, we go through many steps to make sure this job will be beneficial to all involved.

Steps to Becoming a Caregiver

It’s pretty standard for job applicants to provide references and agree to background checks, but when it comes to the personal nature of senior care we know that these verifications are absolutely mandatory. Before we hire a caregiver and send them to a client’s home, we do the following:

  • Multi-state and federal criminal background checks
  • Perform a state-required background check (CJIS)
  • Require a clean drug test
  • Require fingerprinting
  • Require proof of TB/PPD examination
  • Call professional references to ensure that previous employment is accurate and get a sense of their character at a former job
  • Verify that the applicant is 21 years of age
  • Verify that the applicant is a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Home Health Aide (HHA), Medical Tech (MT), or Geriatric Nursing Aide (GNA), as required by the state of Maryland, and has three years of experience.
  • Verify that the applicant has current CPR and First Aid training
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A half picture of an elder and her caretaker in a playground
  • “I appreciate both your compassion and your professionalism”

    - Anne

Safety & Learning Matters

Keeping our clients safe in their homes is part of our mission, but we also want our caregivers to be safe as they perform their duties. State mandated training for our caregivers includes:

  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Infection Control
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Our on-going professional training through our Homewatch CareGivers University keeps our staff up to date on important topics, such as dementia care.
  • During orientation, we look for people who are coachable, flexible, approachable and compassionate.
  • Elderly woman in a wheelchair and her caregiver spending time together
  • Two elders studying plants by a fountain
  • An elderly woman's hands drawing on a notebook