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South Orange Serving Essex, Morris and Union Counties

The Caregiver Way

What could be more important to a caregiving business than the caregivers themselves? We know they matter tremendously and that’s why we have created a hiring and onboarding process that sets everyone involved up for success. You might be looking for more meaningful and flexible work, or you could be interested in knowing how we select caregivers if you are about to become a client. Either way, we’re sharing the details for you here.

Steps to Becoming a Caregiver

At Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange, New Jersey, we apply the same standards to every employee. In our state, a home health aide requires certification as a New Jersey CHHA (Certified Home Health Aide). Owner Larry Aronson, along with Director of Nursing Stacey Chusid, and the Director of Staffing and Scheduling Celina Robinson, all engage with newly hired caregivers during their orientation and in this way get to know them when it comes time to honor them for excellent service or schedule them with clients.

Background checks and medical clearance are key to being part of this team:

  • State and federal criminal background checks
  • Annual TB screening (double PPD test)
  • Driver’s license check
  • Professional reference checks

Every caregiver takes a competency exam to confirm the following skills:

  • Able to assist client to chair, to ambulate, to transfer
  • Knows hand hygiene and how to don and remove gloves
  • How to give a sponge bath and shampoo
  • How to execute routine oral care and denture care
  • Check for vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure)

Safety & Learning Matters

In addition to demonstrating knowledge of the job skills described above, we require our caregivers to undergo extensive training before they work with any clients. A six-hour orientation includes administration review, procedural review, a competency review and time with the owner. Mandatory training classes include:

  • Knowing the signs of abuse
  • Pain management
  • Infection control
  • Standard precautions
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • Patient Bill of Rights

Annual Performance Reviews

Each year, we conduct performance evaluations for each caregiver, and for each new hire, a performance evaluation is done between 90-120 days post-hire. This process allows us to provide valuable and meaningful feedback to our caregivers. We take pride in developing a culture of respect and constant communication with our staff which leads to greater job satisfaction and reinforces our philosophy of providing exceptional care.

Contact Us

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about becoming a caregiver with Homewatch CareGivers. Call us or start your application online today.