A lot of people think that you just open the phonebook, pick up the phone, say what you want, and the Dallas Private Duty Caregivers senior homecare provider just shows up. Referral agencies take care of the initial aspects of the in-home care process, but once you find a senior care provider through the agency, your business relationship ends there and you are responsible for the rest. The referral agency will pre-screen and check references but does not supervise a caregiver in the home. However, you will be required to insure and supervise the caregiver--as well as handle payroll, worker's compensation, and all applicable taxes.
Private-hire caregivers are found through alternate channels like personal recommendations, online listings, and health care organizations. You will be required to perform the background check and interview the caregiver yourself. Much like referral agencies, you will be responsible for insurance and supervision of the caregiver, worker's compensation, payroll, and other taxes. Should you decide to find a senior care provider on your own by hiring a private-hire caregiver, ElderCarePay and PayCycle both manufacture payroll software that you can use to ensure proper payment of taxes during each pay cycle (1).Bringing anyone into your home necessitates a bit of protection, and senior home care providers are no different. Protect yourself and your property (or your loved one's belongings) by securing records and valuables in a lock box, collecting the mail yourself, and reviewing credit statements carefully each month.Remain Proactive Throughout the ProcessWhen looking for the right senior home care agency, find out whether they are a full-service home care agency, a referral agency, or an independent contractor. How long has the senior home care agency been providing home care services?
What is the agency's screening process? Are references and criminal background checks required for each caregiver?
How are emergencies handled by the caregiver during and after working hours?
What is the supervision situation for caregivers in a home?
What is the agency's policy on payroll and other applicable taxes for its employees?
After you find a senior care provider but prior to hiring the individual, ask to meet with him or her for a brief introduction. At this point, you can interact with the caregiver to see if he or she would be a good fit (3).Hiring Privately Requires a Level of CommitmentIf you decide not to go through a full-service agency (or benefit from the basic screening method from a referral agency), you now have quite a few responsibilities on your plate in order to find a senior care provider that will prove reliable. You will have to conduct an interview, a criminal history background check, an elder abuse and sex offenders registry check, a reference check (request a minimum of three), a motor vehicle record check, communicable disease screening (it's recommended that caregivers receive a Hepatitis B vaccine prior to employment), as well as verify documentation of the caregiver's certification (4).Ideally, once you find a senior care provider you're happy with, you should provide the newly-hired caregiver with a detailed job description outlining job title, purpose, duties and responsibilities, necessary qualifications of caregivers, Americans with Disabilities job specifications, supervision of caregiver designation, and initial training requirements (5).