When you start your own senior care franchise, hiring your staff of caregivers is one of the first major hurdles you’ll encounter. After all, your caregivers are the backbone of your franchise, and you need to make sure that they’re a good fit personality and experience-wise. Hiring the right staff can often determine whether or not your business gets off to a promising or bumpy start. Particularly in the medical field, where communication, transparency, and relationships are incredibly important, your caregivers need to mirror your own passion and vision, and embody the values and professionalism that sets Senior Helpers apart from the rest.
Its important that our caregivers are caring, kind, dependable and personable individuals, with a passion for providing non-medical, in-home care to the elderly in their community. When hiring caregivers, we want to make sure that providing quality senior care services to senior citizens in their community isn’t just a job, but a lifestyle that excites and motivates them every day. Staffing your senior care franchise is like bring new members into your family, and its essential to be sure that they share your values, and enthusiasm in the caregiving process.
It might sound like an obvious requirement, but anyone looking to become a caregiver with a senior care franchise should be extremely passionate about working with the elderly. Whether they have a personal background in caring for a loved one or have been previously employed in a home-care environment, caregivers should be compassionate, about their role, good communicators, and eager to represent your senior care franchise in the community.
One of the most common reasons new hires don’t fulfill their potential is because the employer isn’t clear about what, exactly, is expected of them. After all, how can caregivers effectively meet patient’s needs if they don’t know exactly what is required of them? You should be sure to create clear job descriptions, be transparent and straightforward in interview, and then hold staff responsible for fulfilling their duties as outlined. It is also important to conduct background checks and contact references for all candidates, to ensure the safety, professionalism, and reputability of your senior care franchise.
You might be wondering: how do I even go about finding qualified, talented caregivers? Well, don’t just limit yourself to traditional job postings. One of the best ways to find good employees is by exploring your professional network. Take advantage of career fairs, conferences, or open interviews. Many caregivers have been previously employed in hospitals or other medical environments, and are simply looking for a change. Don’t be afraid to reach out to contacts in the medical field for referrals, or to check with appropriate physician associations and groups.
If you’re eager to build your senior care franchise team, and start helping seniors in your community, reach out to us today for more information, or to get started.