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When you are contemplating hiring a home care agency, you should check their background thoroughly.  Consider the following:

  • Business license and necessary state licensure (if required by the state where the agency is located)
  • Caregivers are “Employees” (this means the Agency is responsible for paying all employee payroll taxes, as required by law: Unemployment Insurance tax, Social Security tax, Medicare tax and State and Federal with-holdings)
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Fidelity Bond Insurance (this is sometimes referred to as “theft” insurance)
  • Active Management of the Caregiver through a direct Supervisor or Manager
  • Plan of Care
  • Criminal Background Check performed on all Employees
  • Training for Caregivers
  • 24-Hour On-Call Service
  • Satisfactory Caregiverlist Survey Results

These Checklist requirements are especially valuable when seniors are being cared for in their own home and no family members live close enough to monitor the care. By having these standards in place, if the Caregiver suffers an accident while working in the senior’s home, their injuries and care are covered by Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Active supervision of Caregivers allows the agency to professionally work through any performance issues. A 24-hour On-Call service allows for last-minute schedule changes and back-up Caregivers to be scheduled, when necessary. Training programs provide Caregivers with guidelines to follow for performing quality care duties.

There are numerous home care agencies nationwide. Many times the term “Home Health Agency” is used and can be confusing because it may include both Medicare and Medicaid approved Home Care Agencies and Non-medical Senior Home Care Agencies. Non-medical Agencies hire both Companion Caregivers and Certified Nursing Aides, who assist with hands-on care for all Activities of Daily Living. Medicare-approved Home Health Agencies provide intermittent visits by a R.N., Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Speech Therapist, with pre-approval of these services by a Medical Doctor. These are considered “skilled” care services.

The Private Duty Home Care Association of America (PDHCA) is a trade association of home care providers and works towards home care agencies with all business matters to assist clients to age in place.

Source:  Home Care Daily

If you are looking for an excellent home care agency in the Warren area, contact the helpful staff at Pure Home Care Services today! Our number is (586) 293-2457.

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