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Top Five Concerns About Hiring Home Care for a Loved One

Nanny reading book with little girlHiring someone to care for elderly parents in the home can be an overwhelming process, but with a little extra consideration, a safe hire can be made. The top five concerns for parents include how to trust the person being sent to care for the parent or loved one, what happens if the parent or loved one doesn’t like the caregiver assigned to them, guilt over not being able to personally provide the care, monitoring the way a parent or loved one is being treated and wondering whether a parent or loved one may lose their independence.

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How to Properly Background Check Your Nanny

Family laughs togetherAlthough there are plenty of horror stories when it comes to in-home care for a child, there are safe ways to hire a nanny or caregiver. Begin by using a nanny agency rather than trusting online places like Craigslist or to ensure that the nanny meets certain qualifications and has some sort of training. Parents are advised to also complete a background check on their own independent of the agency to check out the individual’s record. References are also a great source regarding past experiences when it comes to handling difficult situations and interaction with children. Parents should request permission before running a background check, which typically includes criminal backgrounds or verify qualifications.

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What’s the Average Going Rate for Babysitters and Nannies?

When deciding how much to pay your babysitter or nanny, it’s important to set a competitive rate to attract the best caregivers. But there are lots of factors to think about when determining the cost of childcare. Use the information below to compare nanny and babysitting rates in your area and align on a reasonable price per hour for your sitter.
How Much Does a Nanny Cost?
Nanny wages can differ based on years of experience, education level, employment status (full-time live in/live out) and more. According to recent Sittercity data, the average hourly rate of nannies in 2022 is $19.00 per hour*


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5 Tips for Hiring a Babysitter

Nanny with glasses teache little kids with computerIt’s important to thoroughly vet a babysitter before hiring one. Experience and training are important factors for a sitter that will work most days of the week. Ideally, a person should have childcare experience and training in first aid, CPR, and child safety. Checking references and running background checks are very important. Also, try doing a trial run to see how the children and babysitter get along. Be sure to explain the rules and the responsibilities you expect to the babysitter and above all else, trust your gut. If something does not feel right, it probably isn’t.

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