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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 and 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?

  1. What training/experience do the caregivers have?
  2. How do they supervise their caregivers?
  3. Are the caregivers bonded and covered by workers’ compensation insurance?
  4. Are the caregivers employees held accountable by the agency or independent contractors accountable to no one?
  5. Does the agency carry Professional Liability Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Insurance and manage payroll taxes?
  6. 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 nationally known Senior Care Agencies.
  7. Do they have references from clients?
  8. 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:

  1. What client references can you provide?
  2. What is your experience/background?
  3. Do you have any certificates or training? Is it current?
  4. Have you worked with (Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, etc)?
  5. What would you do if I had a medical emergency?
  6. How much notice would I have if you could not come in for a day?
  7. Can you arrange your own substitutes?
  8. How do I contact you?
  9. Are you bonded?
  10. Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
  11. Do you have liability insurance?

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Assisted living, Adult Day Services, solutions for families, independent living, in-home care, in-home senior care, Elder Services, home health aide, elder care, home care services, in-home guardianship, elderly home health care, Senior Care NYC, Home Health Agency, Home care for seniors.

Constant family caregiving can bring about considerable stress. We provide respite for the primary family caregiver, whether it’s a wife caring for her husband or a son caring for his parents, offering relief from daily routines and strengthening relationships.

Please call us for a free, no-obligation in-house consultation to determine the best care for you and your loved ones.

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