Tips for Hiring a Great Caregiver

        "When it is time to hire someone to provide in-home care, should you select an independent caregiver or hire through an agency? Whichever option you choose, here are some things to keep in mind.

                                 Independent Caregivers

          Indeed, there are quality independent caregivers, but finding them can be time consuming. Once you locate someone, you should be prepared to run background checks, and conduct interviews. And, if you hire them as an employee, you should also be prepared to administer payroll, which includes taxes, Social Security, and Medicare.

         You may also be legally responsible if the caregiver is hurt on the job or has other workplace issues.

                                     Agency Caregivers

         If you decide that you don't have time to locate and hire an independent caregiver, working with an agency may be your best option.

         Caregiving agencies build their reputation on the quality of their caregivers. Agency caregivers are traditionally insured, bonded, and trained in care basics. In addition, agencies handle all employment issues and can typically provide substitute caregivers if your primary in-home caregiver goes on vacation or is out sick.

         Regardless of how you find a caregiver, be sure to do your homework to ensure you hire a responsible and reliable individual. You want your loved one to feel confident you are welcoming someone into the home who will be a trustworthy member of the caregiving team."

                                             Article by ElderCarelink 

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