If you qualify for Medicaid and your Long-Term Care provider has approved you for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, an important step in the process is securing your own in-home aid.

If you do not have a family member or friend ready to step in as your aid, you may need to conduct your own recruiting and interviewing efforts. If it is your first time hiring someone on your own, don’t worry – we are here to help!

Use the interview questions below to determine whether your personal aid candidate will be a good fit for your specific set of long-term care needs.

Question One

“Can you describe your experience as an in-home aide? How long have you been providing care services, and what types of clients have you worked with?”

Question Two

“What certifications, training, or qualifications do you have that make you suitable for this role? Are you certified in first aid or any specific medical conditions or disabilities?”

Question Three

“Can you provide references from previous clients or employers?” It’s important to verify their experience and reliability through references.

Question Four

“What tasks are you comfortable assisting with?” This could include personal care, medication management, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, or companionship.

Question Five

“How would you handle emergency situations or unexpected health issues that may arise while providing care?”

Question Six

“Are you comfortable with the schedule and hours required for this position?” Ensure they can accommodate your specific needs, whether it’s a part-time or full-time arrangement.

Question Seven

“How do you approach maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for the client? Do you have experience with infection control protocols or personal protective equipment (PPE)?”

Question Eight

“How do you ensure effective communication with the client and their family members or healthcare professionals?” Clear communication is crucial for coordinating care and addressing any concerns.

Question Nine

“Can you share an example of a challenging situation you faced as an in-home aide and how you handled it?” This question will help assess their problem-solving skills and ability to adapt to different circumstances.

Question Ten

“How do you manage your time effectively to ensure all necessary tasks are completed within the allotted timeframe?”

Question Eleven

“Are you comfortable with any specific cultural or religious practices that may be relevant to the client’s lifestyle?”

Question Twelve

“What do you enjoy most about working as an in-home aide, and what motivates you in this role?”

Remember, it’s essential to tailor these questions to your specific needs and situation, and feel free to ask follow-up questions based on the candidate’s responses.

We are always available and happy to assist with guiding you through the CDPA process. Click here to learn more about how we advocate for consumers who require long term assistance.