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5 Simple Steps to Choosing an In-Home Caregiver

5 Simple Steps to Choosing an In-Home Caregiver

Hiring an in-home caregiver for your older loved one is a huge decision, and it’s normal to feel nervous or overwhelmed as you begin the process. You want to make sure the caregiver you choose is trustworthy, compassionate, capable of meeting your loved one’s needs, and compatible with his or her personality.

Selecting a caregiver doesn’t have to be stressful. You can do several things in advance to reduce anxiety and increase the chances of a smooth home care experience.

Here are five simple steps to help you select the right in-home caregiver:

1. Consider Your Loved One’s Needs

You’ve decided home care is the best option for your loved one, so it’s time to consider what type of home care assistance is needed. Start by making a list that includes:

  • Specific tasks needed (meal preparation, housekeeping, shopping, dressing/grooming, toileting, transportation, recreational activities, etc.)
  • Physical/emotional limitations or health considerations
  • Times of day when assistance is typically required
  • Any personal preferences and requests
  • Caregiver qualities (personality traits, qualifications, training, etc.)

Seek input from your loved one when creating this list. He or she may be able to provide valuable information that will increase your chances of finding the right caregiver. It may also be a good idea to include other family caregivers in the process.

2. Gather Recommendations

Ask for in-home care recommendations from family, friends, community organizations, and medical providers. Someone you know may have personal experience with an in-home caregiver and could provide a helpful referral and some advice about the caregiver selection process.

3. Set Up a Consultation

If you think an in-home care agency might be best, schedule a consultation. Visiting Angels, for example, offers no-cost, no-obligation in-home consultations designed to assess your loved one’s needs, provide expert guidance, and answer your questions about costs, available services, and the caregiver selection process. It may be helpful to prepare a list of home care questions in advance and arrange for your loved one and other family caregivers to participate.

4. Schedule Caregiver Interviews

Caregiver interviews are the most crucial part of the process. Make arrangements with the agency or individual for an in-home interview with you, your senior, and other family caregivers. Don’t forget to prepare a list of questions for the caregiver in advance.

Pay attention to the caregiver’s personality and answers to your questions as well as how your loved one reacts to the caregiver. At Visiting Angels, the Select Your Caregiver® program allows you and your loved one to choose a caregiver.

5. Hire and Follow Up

Discuss your choice with your loved one and other family caregivers to get their perspectives. When you’re ready, reach out to the individual or agency to make final hiring arrangements.

Conduct ongoing follow-up to ensure everything is going according to your expectations. Keep in mind there is often an adjustment period as your loved one and his or her caregiver get used to each other. Sometimes, all it takes is an honest conversation with you, your loved one, and your caregiver to resolve any issues that come up during the initial transition.

Our Visiting Angels care coordinators are available to discuss your loved one’s needs during a free home care consultation.

Serving The Greater Toms River- Brick area and communities throughout Ocean County

74 Brick Blvd #109A
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-240-1050
Fax: 732-240-0702

Serving The Greater Toms River- Brick area and communities throughout Ocean County

74 Brick Blvd #109A
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-240-1050
Fax: 732-240-0702
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Visiting Angels of Toms River Receives 2022 Best of Home Care® – Provider and Employer of Choice Awards


Brick Visiting Angels of Toms River announced today that it has received both the 2022 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. These awards are granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on clien tand caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse. Visiting Angels of Toms River is now ranked among a small handful of home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide an exceptional working experience to employees and the highest quality care to clients.


“We want to congratulate Visiting Angels of Toms River on receiving both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice Award, ”says Todd Austin, President of Home Care Pulse. “Since these awards are based on real, unfiltered feedback from clients and caregivers, Visiting Angels of Toms River has proven their dedication to providing a great work environment and solid training to employees, while maintaining their focus on client and caregiver satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize their dedication to quality, professionalism, and expertise in home care.”


Best of Home Care providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients and caregivers via live phone interviews each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent company, it can collect honest and unbiased feedback.

“By winning both awards, we are part of a select few home care agencies in the nation.  This shows our dedication to the industry and striving to make it better every day,” says Dave Frost, Executive Director Visiting Angels of Toms River.


“At Home Care Pulse, our mission is to help home care businesses create an experience that goes beyond client and caregiver expectations,” says Todd Austin, President of Home Care Pulse. “We’re thrilled to recognize Visiting Angels of Toms River as a Best of Home Care award-winning provider and celebrate their accomplishments in building a team of happy, qualified caregivers who provide outstanding care for their clients.”



To find out more about Visiting Angels of Toms River’s commitment to excellence, please visit or call 732-240-1050.




About Visiting Angels- Visiting Angels is the nation's leading network of non-medical, private duty home care agencies. Licensed, bonded, and insured, we specialize in both hourly and live-in home care services for adults and seniors. From as little as 1 hour a day up to full 24-hour service, Visiting Angels provide both short, and long- term home care throughout Ocean County New Jersey. Staying Home is still the # 1 preferred choice by seniors. Simply call us to learn more about our service and how we can accommodate your individual needs. Our professionally trained staff at Visiting Angels is always available to answer your questions.732-240-1050


About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse leads the home care industry in experience management, online training, and review management. Through its Care Intelligence Platform, HCP empowers home care providers to attract and retain caregivers even during a historic caregiver shortage. HCP also conducts the annual Home Care Benchmarking Study, the most comprehensive survey of home care providers in North America and administers the annual Best of Home Care awards to agencies that achieve best-in-class client and caregiver satisfaction scores. For more information, visit