In 2020, there were 3,470,700 total home health aide and personal care aide jobs.
Do you currently run a home care agency, and you’re finding it challenging to recruit caregivers and keep them? Caregiver shortages and turnover are a tough reality in the home care industry.
But there are many reasons caregivers leave – some of which may not be your fault at all. Caregivers often quit due to reasons that have nothing to do with you or your company, such as lack of transportation, illness, family obligations, and desire for more pay.
With all that aside, we’re going to provide you with some tips that will help you when it comes to caregiver recruiting, and ensure you’re retaining the caregivers you hire.
Make Your Home Care Agency the One to Work For
Since the beginning of COVID, more people are changing to receiving services from home instead of in places like hospitals or nursing home facilities. This means the need for home caregivers is on the rise.
With many home care agencies in the industry, you’ve got to ensure your agency is one that caregivers want to work for. There are many ways to do this, but here are some key points that caregivers will love you for.
First of all, caregivers enjoy working in an environment where the pay is good, so make sure your agency pays well. This goes without saying, but caregivers also want to be treated decently and recognized for their work for the company.
Nurture Relationships with Existing Caregivers
As you continue to recruit new caregivers, don’t forget about retaining the caregivers you currently have. You need to take time to nurture existing relationships by:
- Checking in with caregivers
- Providing them the first choice of shifts when possible
- Provide a flexible schedule and enough hours
- Monitoring their workload
By doing these things, you let them know that you acknowledge what they’re doing and look to them to continue upholding your agency’s standards as you bring on more caregivers.
Offer a Career Progression for Caregivers
Caregivers want to know that they have a career path. They want the opportunity to advance within the company.
Providing opportunities for caregivers to learn new skills, take on more responsibility or become leaders within the agency are all ways to do this.
Recruiting Part-Time Caregivers
You might be wondering why you’d want to hire part-time caregivers instead of full-time, and the answer is things happen. There will be days when someone has to call in and can’t make it to the client’s home for the day, and you’ll need someone to cover for them.
A part-time caregiver is an excellent backup for those days. Additionally, having many part-time employees can help ease the burden on full-time ones while helping them to maintain a healthy work/life balance!
Caregiver Recruiting and Retaining: Knowing Your Employees
Regarding caregiver recruiting and retaining, it’s all about how they feel about your agency. When caregivers feel like their voice is heard and that they can be genuinely appreciated, it’s a lot easier to retain them. So, take the time to talk to them, hear them out, and if you can, be flexible when they communicate their needs. It’ll go a long way!
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