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Home Care

Home care, (also referred to as domiciliary care or social care or, non-medical care or custodial care), which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel.  Primarily to assist with the basic activities of daily living allowing for some one to stay safe and cared for.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I do before bringing someone into my home?
2. What are the Pros and Cons of using an agency vs. hiring direct?
3. What should I ask an agency when hiring a caregiver?
 

1. What should I do before bringing someone into my home?

It is always wise to take precautions before bring some one into your home. Do a written inventory of all important items. Secure or remove anything of high value; jewelry, paintings, bank account information, checks, etc. Establish any areas that the caregiver should not access. Prepare the home for safety.

For Additional Information download: Preparing the Home and Home and Safety Aids Check List
 

2. What are the pros and cons of using an agency vs. hiring direct?

Agencies are dedicated to maintaining a pool of qualified caregivers with different levels and skill sets. They are constantly recruiting, testing, and qualifying new caregivers so they can serve their clients needs at a moments notice. Moreover, when an agency handles supervision of the caregiver, they handle any issues that arise and can replace the caregiver if there is a problem of any kind. When you place your own ad in the paper, you have to interview the person, select the right one and then hire them. It can take weeks or months to find a suitable caregiver using this method. And if the caregiver doesn’t work out, you have to fire them and start the process all over again. Additionally, this could make you the legal employer with all the obligations required of employers in the United States, such as tax reporting, and workers compensation if not set up correctly.

For additional information download Home Care Agency vs. Independent Provider: Pro and Cons

3. What should I ask an agency when hiring a caregiver?

Here are a couple of helpful forms to have in front of you when you call agencies. 

 

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