How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Caregiver

A detailed recommendation letter can give a caregiver an advantage in their job search.

If you have received exceptional care from a caregiver, then you might want to write a letter of recommendation for them. You might also be approached by a former caregiver to supply a letter of recommendation, so that they can apply for a new position within the field. A caregiver could be someone who cares for children, the elderly, the disabled or someone who is recovering from a serious illness, surgery or other medical procedure. No matter how you or your family members were cared for, be sure to talk about the positive traits of the caregiver in the recommendation letter.

Add your name and contact information to the top of the letter of recommendation. An employer, for example, might want to contact you with more questions.

Include a vague greeting, such as “To Whom It May Concern,” unless the caregiver has provided you with a specific name to address the letter to.

Explain how you know the caregiver in the first paragraph and in what capacity you received care. For example, you may have hired the caregiver to look after your elderly mother during the day or to care for your children when you’re at work. If you know them through various places, use the aspect of your relationship that fits best with the job they are pursuing.

Put in the dates or duration of the employment, such as for 6 months or 5 years, to give your recommendation more authority.

Include a paragraph or two that explain specifics about why you would recommend the caregiver, along with their specific traits and qualifications that you find most impressive. Describe real skills, such as their knowledge of specific dietary plans or their physical strength that allows them to move patients from place to place. Vague terms such as "hardworking" or "knowledgeable" could apply to any profession.

Add at least one story to back up the information you provide. For example, if you state that the caregiver is exceptional at helping children learn during playtime, include an incident you witnessed and why it impressed you. Also, any story that demonstrates how the caregiver responded during a high-pressure medical emergency would be helpful.

State that you are open to be contacted if any other information is needed and thank the recipient for his or her time.

Type out a closing, such as “Sincerely,” and plan to sign the recommendation letter once you print it out.

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.