Who’s Really Watching Over Your Loved Ones?

Posted by Kristina Taylor
October 9, 2009

Who’s Really Watching Over Your Loved Ones?

Take about five minutes and look through the Craigslist “help wanted” or “services wanted” ads.  It’s amazing to see how many individuals and families (we’re not talking about companies here) are advertising in this unregulated forum for babysitters, caregivers for the elderly and even short- and long-term housesitters.

It’s just a guess, but it’s pretty likely that these folks are trying to save a few bucks.  And who can blame them?  The economy isn’t at its best right now, but that doesn’t mean little Johnny or Grandma Mabel can be left alone.  So the best compromise seems to be a roll of the dice.  This is perfectly understandable… but is it wise?

Perhaps it sounds like we’re a bit persnickety about such matters; however, our fear comes from years and years of conducting background checks.  Too many times, people who seem “great” turn out to be anything but.  And a simple interview just cannot unearth what a thorough background check can.

Does this mean no one should use online mediums to find help?  Of course not.  But it may be wiser to look for people who have already been vetted by a company or organization.  There are numerous web-based companies who regularly background screen their cadre of professional helpers such as babysitters, housesitters and caregivers for the elderly.  Will the fee for their services be higher?  Probably.  But a few dollars spent may save years of problems if the wrong person is put into the position.