By Ellen Busch, September 15, 2012 from Brea, Orange County, California
You know you need help with Mom and Dad. You’re a great family caregiver but you have kids and a spouse, not to mention a job. It’s time to hire a professional caregiver. Hiring one directly can save you some money. Using an agency, like Nightingale Senior Care, can save you a lot of work by putting professionals in charge of recruiting and managing a caregiver. Please read the table below to be an informed consumer.
|Direct hire||Orange County
in-home care agencies
|Wages||$14/hour +/-||$20/hour +/-||Private hire hourly fees are less, think about total costs.|
|Social Security Tax, Medicare,…||Caregivers pays 15% of her wages to government||Nightingale pays half, caregiver pays half, you have no worries.||Do this right, the fines are high otherwise.|
|Workers Compensation, if she is injured at your home||Risk of lawsuit, not covered with typical homeowner’s insurance policy.||We purchase WC insurance to cover caregiver’s medical care for on-the-job injury.||Hurt on the job: If a caregiver is injured on the job the employer is typically responsible.|
|Recruiting||You place an ad on Craig’s list, your phone number and email address on the Internet.||We uses a variety of sources to find caregivers and pass them through our website job application and behavioral assessment.||Time: Figure a 15 minute conversation with 20 applicants: 5-hours of phone screening.|
|Interviewing||You invite them into your home to meet them.||We personally interview caregivers at our Brea office.||Personal Safety: Obvious risk of a stranger in your home.|
|Background check||You can buy these services for about $75/person checked.||We have a professional business partner that completes criminal and DMV checks in about 24 hours.||Crime: You need to know if the caregiver has a criminal history. Don’t skip this step.|
|Insurance against theft||Check your home owner’s policy to see what is covered if your caregiver steals from you.||Our screening process is good but if the unthinkable happens we have a bond help cover losses.||Theft: Always treat a caregiver as you would any stranger, lock up your valuables.|
|Drug screening||A local clinic can do this for you for about $75/test.||We screen and get results in less than an hour. No cost to our client.||Drugs: Does it matter to you that your caregiver has recently used illegal drugs?|
|DMV record||Check it if the caregiver will drive your loved one in their car.||We check this for all caregivers permitted to drive a client.||Driving Mom: Think about auto insurance coverage.|
|Auto Insurance||Check the caregiver’s Proof of Insurance card.||We also purchase additional insurance on all caregivers who drive, extending their coverage.||An accident: Be aware if your caregiver has the “minimum” coverage, it can be very low.|
|Absences||Have a family member on call at all times so Mom or Dad are always safe.||We have a staff of caregivers and other resources to have a substitute in most cases.||Home alone: Caregivers get sick too. Have a back up plan.|
Caregiver Quality Assurance is a great tool to learn if you caregiver candidate has the propensity to do good or do wrong. It helps us know if they have a “Caregiver mindset”. It also helps us know if they are likely to be trustworthy. The criminal background check we talked about above must be done. But remember, they only have a record if they have already committed a crime and were prosecuted and convicted.
Call us now at 657-217-2273 if you would like to know more. Follow this link to learn more about Caregiver Quality Assurance.