When it comes to selecting private home care, we know you have choices. And it seems with each choice there are also questions. Should you hire someone yourself? Use an agency? Are all agencies the same? There’s a lot to consider.
If you hire on your own, be sure to consider your own schedule. It takes time to interview, check backgrounds, work out a schedule, find back-up, provide the paycheck, and deal with all the tax and liability issues. When you hire help on you own you take on the responsibilities of an employer. And often we find it's easy to underestimate the time and effort needed to manage an employee and someone's care needs.
A placement agency (or registry) screens and matches home care workers, but does not manage them. When using a registry, you would still need to act as an employer and have back-up caregivers in case one does not show up.
And finally, you can use a dedicated home care agency, which screens, trains, and matches home care workers — as well as manages and pays their wages, handles employment taxes and workers' compensation insurance. Most home care agencies will also have additional trained and screened caregivers available to fill in if someone is out sick.
All things considered, it makes sense to use a dedicated agency like InTouch at Home. At a comparable total cost, we're here for support, communication and convenience. Let us take care of the scheduling and the hassles so you spend your time with your loved one or family. In addition, we'll keep you up to date on what’s going on through phone or on-line communications making it easier for you to relax and enjoy your time.