Using an employer based company is strongly recommended by all legitimate patient advocacy groups and industry trade associations for numerous good reasons. A few of the primary areas of risk include:
Safety- Many recipients of HomeCare services are at a point in their lives where they are truly dependent on those services to live safely at home. If a privately hired caregiver suddenly is unable or unwilling to work then the recipient of care could find themselves in extreme danger.
Liability / Asset Protection- The more you have to lose the more risk you have. When a caregiver(s) is hired privately, the person who is paying the caregiver becomes the employer by law and has all the liability that comes along in an employment relationship. The private employer is now at extreme risk for injury (Workmans Comp) claims, minimum wage/ overtime claims, harassment claims, unemployment claims and even health insurance claims no matter how suspect the claims may be.
Screening- Responsible companies have thorough screening processes in place. Documented reference checks, nationwide criminal background checks, employment eligibility, health/drug testing and driving records are just some of layers of protection. Screening also includes examination of caregivers’ experience, skills sets and personalities- all important factors to in-HomeCare.
Choice- People in need of HomeCare tend to have dynamic needs. Changing needs can necessitate a change in caregiver for safety and practical considerations. A company is well suited to provide multiple caregiver candidates as needs change. Clients who hire someone privately are often simply “stuck” with the person they hired.