What is your screening process?
Cardinal Nannies and Caregivers Inc. has very stringent standards in recruiting caregivers. Our office manager Sue, conducts personal interviews with all applicants. Application, references, experience, and education credentials are thoroughly checked. Criminal record checks, including vulnerable sector, are mandatory. All Cardinal Caregivers receive on-going CPR training, and we offer educational seminars. All caregivers are bondable. When you interview a Cardinal Caregiver in your home before you make your final decision, you can be sure that they have been thoroughly vetted and screened, and that we believe they will be an excellent fit for your family.
Why choose to have a caregiver come to my home?
Seniors may need a caregiver for a variety of reasons, but most want to live independent lives and stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Many just need a few hours a week of assistance for certain tasks while others need fulltime care so having a Cardinal caregiver can make it possible for a client to stay in his or her own home rather than move to a retirement facility or nursing home. It brings peace of mind to the client and their family members.
What are the benefits and costs of having a nanny?
A nanny comes to your home during the hours you need them, which is much more flexible than daycare. You do not have to wake your children up, or race home before a daycare closes. They will look after your children in your home, so they can play with their friends, nap in their own bed, and go to school in their own neighbourhood. The nanny will make meals, and will do light housekeeping and laundry, so you can spend more time with your children when you return home.
For two children, the cost of a nanny is comparable to daycare. For three children it is much more economical. For one child it may be more expensive, but it is always more convenient. Having a live-in nanny may be the most economical, as you may factor room and board into their wages.
What are the requirements for hiring a live-in nanny or caregiver?
The caregiver must have their own furnished bedroom, with a locked door. If it is possible for them to have a private bathroom and be in a different area of the house, that ensures everyone’s privacy. It should be a fulltime position.
Will you meet with me to discuss my options and the best solutions for my needs?
Yes, we do prefer to meet families before assisting them in hiring a caregiver or nanny, and our high success rate reflects that. The caregivers who apply to us are also reassured by this process.
Do you provide references for your service, and for the caregivers whom you recommend?
Yes, most of our business is through word-of-mouth, which is the best advertisement. We are very thorough in our screening process, which accounts for our reputation after 37 years in business.