Selecting an In Home Caregiver
Most people don’t think much about in home care until the need arises. The number of choices can seem overwhelming. Should you find someone to care for your loved one on your own? Use a placement service? Or hire an agency?
Before you decide to hire a “friend of a friend”, which may cost slightly less per hour, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you prepared to place ads, interview candidates, call references, and conduct criminal background checks?
- What if your senior caregiver calls in sick, or has their own personal emergency?
- How will you know whether a candidate has the right training and skills?
- Have you calculated the cost of the legally required employer payroll taxes, including Social Security, Medicare,and unemployment?
- Did you know that you must pay these taxes even if you use a placement service or nurse registry?
- Will you provide workers’ compensation in case the caregiver gets hurt on the job?
- Are you ready to supervise and resolve misunderstandings that may arise?
- What is the backup plan if your caregiver quits?
- What is the difference between a licensed home care agency and a registry?
A registry is an employment agency that, for a fee, will refer a caregiver to you. However, you are the employer and assume full responsibility for this caregiver. You’ll be responsible for things like paying Social Security, unemployment taxes and Worker’s Compensation insurance. Some placement agencies offer an a-la-carte fee schedule, charging additional fees for things like supervising the caregiver.
In contrast, a licensed agency like Affordable Senior Care of New York LLC, directly employs home care professionals, assumes all of these responsibilities and administrative costs.
When choosing a home care agency, families should consider these important questions:
Do they use Telephony software to confirm the Aides are on time?
- What training/experience do the caregivers have?
- How do they supervise their caregivers?
- Are the caregivers bonded and covered by workers compensation insurance?
- Are the caregivers employees held accountable by the agency or independent contractors accountable to no one?
- Does the agency carry Professional Liability Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Insurance and manage payroll taxes?
- Who owns the agency? Is it part of a larger organization? Like Affordable Senior Care of New York LLC, part of ” The Senior’s Choice ” one of the largest nationaly known Senior Care Agency.
- Do they have references from clients?
- Does the agency have an emergency or after-hours phone number?
If you are considering hiring an individual directly we recommend that you ask the following:
- What client references can you provide?
- What is your experience/background?
- Do you have any certificates or training? Is it current?
- Have you worked with (Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, etc)?
- What would you do if I had medical emergency?
- How much notice would I have if you could not come in for a day?
- Can you arrange your own substitutes?
- How do I contact you?
- Are you bonded?
- Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
- Do you have liability insurance?
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