Caregivers can live with their charges full-time or they might work during the day while other family members are at work and leave when the family members come home in the evening. A caregiver can also work in a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living complex to help residents with daily tasks. A letter of referral is important for a caregiver seeking a position in a home with a family or at a facility.
Format and Content
The caregiver reference letter format can include specifics about the day-to-day activities in which the caregiver engages while attending to the many special needs of the patient. It should include reasons why the caregiver is no longer able to assist the patient. In cases where the caregiver will live in the patient’s home, it is important to show that the person applying for the caregiver position is trustworthy, skillful, knowledgeable and of the highest integrity.
This caregiver reference letter sample is from the brother of a person who was severely injured in a motor vehicle accident and had to endure long and painful rehabilitation. The individual has recovered now and the caregiver has applied for another position assisting an elderly women in the same neighborhood.
It is my pleasure to recommend Alice Taylor to you as a caregiver for your elderly aunt. Alice served as a caregiver for my sister, Sandra Bell, following an automobile accident in which she sustained serious head trauma and spinal injuries. It took Sandra 18 months of intense rehabilitation to re-learn how to walk, talk and handle normal daily tasks. Alice lived with my sister throughout the entire rehabilitation period and was an inspiration.
As time passed and my sister showed some improvement Alice knew instinctively when to push Sandra to keep going in her exercises and daily tasks and when to help her. She was always positive and upbeat encouraging my sister and supporting her through the difficult ordeal. I do not know if my sister would have been able to muster the stamina to keep going every day without Alice’s encouragement and assistance.
Throughout the entire 18-month rehabilitation period Alice assisted my sister with eating, bathing and dressing. She cooked all the meals and cleaned the kitchen afterwards. She also did laundry, changed linens, collected and sorted mail, and took care of light housekeeping duties. Alice transported Sandra to and from all doctors’ appointments and rehabilitation sessions. She made sure Sandra did her exercises correctly every day, and talked to her when she became depressed. When my sister’s condition began to improve Alice took her to church, to the grocery store, the library, and other places in the community.
I hope you will consider hiring Alice Taylor to serve as your aunt’s caregiver during her convalescence. I do not believe you will find a caregiver with more energy and integrity than Alice nor one that is more trustworthy. She is dedicated to furthering the healing process of all the patients in her care.