InHomeCare.com makes it simple and easy to find a reputable in-home care company serving your area. You’ll work out a schedule and the list of duties your caregiver will perform when you meet with your selected company. The company will choose the best caregiver for you to ensure that the care you receive is personalized to meet your exact needs.
Patients live as independently as possible, in familiar surroundings and in the comfort of home.
In-home care services can also provide something that we all need: companionship. Most in-home care companies will match a caregiver to the patient’s needs and interests.
People receive one-on-one care and attention from caregivers that they can’t get in a facility. That means greater value for every dollar spent on care. Plus the caregiver may perform tasks previously handled by an errand service, a housekeeper, a transportation service, and other expensive agencies.
Having a professional caregiver at home can provide an additional level of security. However, when contacting an in-home care company, be sure to ask how the agency screens caregivers and manages their staff. Make sure your selected agency is properly licensed and insured, and that its caregivers are fidelity bonded.
Many adult children of aging parents can’t regularly pop-in to check on their loved ones or tend to their every need. With a caregiver in the home, families are regularly updated as to the well-being of their parents. Having a personal, caring, professional caregiver in the home provides everyone peace of mind.
How do I find a professional caregiver or home care agency?
Traditionally, much of the care in the home was provided by families and friends or by independent or freelance caregivers, even though there are significant labor and liability risks associated with directly hiring a caregiver. That course is changing due to the emergence of widely available, capable, and affordable in-home care agencies.
Many people looking to hire professional care for a loved one will ask a relative or trusted friend, advisor, or clergy if they know of any caregiving services and options. Some families would rather hire a caregiver privately. There may be some potential cost savings in going this route, but you must also consider the additional responsibilities and liabilities involved.
Hiring a caregiver independently
You must do a substantial background check to ensure that the employee has no record of criminal activity or abusive behavior and that they, in fact, have the experience and training necessary to meet your care needs.
When you hire a caregiver, you become the employer of record and are responsible for complying with all federal, state, and local labor, tax and insurance laws. You’re also responsible for all the employment paperwork (payroll taxes, proper withholdings and filings, worker’s compensation insurance, etc.) necessary to comply with all federal, state, and local labor, tax, and insurance laws.
You will need to arrange for a suitable substitute or relief caregiver if your caregiver is ill or needs time off.
Using a referral agency
Home care referral agencies match independent caregivers to the patients who needs them. These agencies do not employ caregivers; they simply collect a referral fee if you hire someone from their registry. Referral agencies vary widely in the quality of the screening they do, and they do not generally offer professional liability or workers’ compensation insurance.
Using a licensed home care agency
Full service, licensed home care agencies (also called home care organizations) specialize in recruiting, hiring, and supervising their caregivers. They are responsible for performing background checks, handling all payroll taxes, withholdings and filings, worker’s compensation insurance, and arranging replacement and back-up staff for time-off, sick-time, and emergencies. They lighten the burden of hiring a caregiver and provide peace of mind to the patient’s family.
Pros & Cons of In-Home Care
According to extensive research conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): More than 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age.
“Aging in place” is one of the fastest-growing trends in senior living. As enticing as growing old at home may sound, seniors often find themselves struggling to perform some of the basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) on their own. Others may find that, as time goes on, it becomes increasingly difficult to remember when medication needs to be taken, or what time their scheduled doctor’s appointment is. In-home care for seniors can help solve these issues, and many more common problems that may arise as we get older.
The chart below summarizes both the pros & cons of in-home care for seniors. We know that each and every situation is unique, as every person has their own set of needs. That said, this chart provides a basic overview of the advantages and disadvantages associated with senior home care.
You can also download our Care Needs Checklist to see if you or a loved one could benefit from home care.