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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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Resource Links

The American Red Cross Family Caregiving Program

Arizona Department of Health

The Arizona State Board of Nursing

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

Elder Rage

HealthCentral Network

Mayo Clinic

National Alliance for Caregiving

National Association of Home Care and Hospice

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

National Family Caregivers Association

Nursing Center

The Online Site for Nurses

Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA)

U.S. Administration on Aging

USDA – My Plate

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Social Security Administration

Web MD

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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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