Things You Should Know

Before You Choose Home Care

Home care appeals to individuals and their family members because clients are able to remain in familiar, meaningful surroundings instead of relocating to assisted living or hospice centers. Many companies offer home care service, and choosing one to entrust with your loved one’s care and personal property is understandably daunting. It’s important to ask the right questions before hiring an agency. Use these resources to guide your decision:

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10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Home Care Agency

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100 Ways To Love A Person With Dementia And Love Yourself

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Agency Vs. Registry

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Ambiguous Loss

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Adjusting To The Holidays

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Cypress Difference

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Caring For Someone With Dementia

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Communicating With A Person With Dementia

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Dementia Brain

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Dementia Family Support and Education

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Early Signs Checklist – Loved One

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Home Care Vs. Home Healthcare

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How To Love Your Brain

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Memory And Aging – What’s Normal And What’s Not

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Safe Home Care Coalition Fact Sheet

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Setting Up The Person With Dementia For Success

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The Stress Of Caregiving

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Training Lab Flyer

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Understanding the Distressing Behaviors of Dementia

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Resource Links

Alzheimer’s Association

www.alz.org

The American Red Cross Family Caregiving Program

www.redcross.org

HealthCentral Network

www.healthcentral.com

Mayo Clinic

www.mayoclinic.com

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

banneralz.org

Elder Rage

www.elderrage.com

Arizona Department Of Health

www.azdhs.gov

The Arizona State Board Of Nursing

www.azbn.gov

National Alliance For Caregiving

www.caregiving.org

National Association Of Home Care And Hospice

www.nahc.org

National Center On Elder Abuse (NCEA)

www.ncea.aoa.gov

National Family Caregivers Association

www.nfcacares.org

Nursing Center

www.nursingcenter.com

The Online Site For Nurses

www.nurses.com

Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA)

www.pdhca.org

U.S. Administration On Aging

www.aoa.gov

USDA – My Plate

www.choosemyplate.gov

U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services

www.longtermcare.gov

U.S. Social Security Administration

www.ssa.gov

Web MD

www.webmd.com

Avoiding Pitfalls

If your loved one needs care and you need relief, it is tempting to hire a caregiver yourself to reduce costs and implement a care plan as soon as possible. You might end up with an excellent, skilled, compassionate individual who comes to the rescue (like Mary Poppins), but it’s more likely you will be interviewing from a large pool of candidates you don’t have the resources to evaluate adequately. Additionally, there are hidden costs to hiring a private caregiver because you are then subject to the responsibilities of an employer instead of the rights of a client. You would never intentionally put you or your loved ones at risk, but experience has taught us the value of hiring an agency to provide you with a caregiver.

Avoid Tax Penalties

Using an agency that acts as an employer so that they, not you, are subject to IRS audits.

Avoid Abuse And Neglect

Using an agency that performs rigorous screening before hiring, and provides thorough training and oversight after hiring.

Avoid Liability

Using an agency that will be responsible for worker’s comp in the event of medical expenses or disability payments.

Avoid Damages And Theft

Making sure employees are insured and bonded to cover the cost of property damage or loss due to accidents or theft.

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