top of page

The Complete Guide to
Hiring an Elderly Caregiver


At Nanny, we know that hiring a housekeeper can be complicated and fraught with difficulties. Choosing someone reliable to keep your home tidy is very important.

Ultimately, the decision and the responsibility of hiring a housekeeper rests solely with you, and it’s important that you feel totally comfortable with the choice you have made. In this article, we have laid out some tips to help you navigate through the complex process of hiring the right housekeeper for you, and we hope that you will find this information useful.

Step 1 - Clarifying your Needs

Before you reach the stage of selecting a candidate, it is best to start the process by writing down what you are looking for in a caregiver.

Step 2 - Find a Caregiver or Personal Support Worker

Searching online at is an excellent way to start the process of finding caregiver or personal support worker in your area.

Step 3 - Email or Phone Interview

The first interview is usually conducted over the phone, and is another opportunity to filter candidates.

Step 4 - Check References

Some people prefer to check references at this stage before meeting the person face to face. Profiles at include contact details of references.

Step 5 - Personal Interview

The next interview should ideally be at the home where your elderly relative lives, so your candidate can become familiar with the environment.

Step 6 - Working Interview

The purpose of the next face-to-face meeting is to watch how the candidate behaves when taking care of your loved one.

Step 7 - Work Agreement

Ultimately, the decision and the responsibility to hire a caregiver rests with you. Once you are happy with the answers and behaviour of your candidate, and with the references provided, draw up a contract.

Step 8 - Orientation

At the time of signing the contract, or at a later date, arrange to meet again to orient your new caregiver on how the home works.

bottom of page