Using Friends or Neighbors for Caregivers? Why Risk It?

We often hear of cases where an elderly person starts to needs a little extra help with Activities of Daily Living and a well intentioned family member, friend, or even someone from the church offers to ‘help’ take care of them.

Unfortunately, these good intentions usually fail to consider the following:

  • personal liability

  • worker related injuries

  • abuse and financial exploitation

  • no supervision

  • no oversight or care management

  • not paying into payroll tax

  • lack of training

  • no background check

  • no reference check

  • no drivers license/ insurance check

  • caregiver is not a CNA (certified nursing assistant)

By using a Homecare agency, you are protecting yourself, your loved one and their finances. You will have peace of mind knowing the caregiver is licensed, bonded and insured. You will trust that their work will be carefully managed, supervised and regulated. You will know they have undergone a background check, had references checked and have a safe driving record. You will know they are properly trained in caregiving and nutrition. And should an emergency arise- you will know your loved one will have an alternative caregiver provided by the agency.

If you have hired a caregiver on your own and they get injured on the job, the ramifications can be devastating.

According to the Homecare Association of America, a work related injury could be … the most potentially financially devastating result for consumers and workers who are unaware of the employer-employee relationship. If no workers’ compensation protection is provided (as mandated by law for employees for nearly every state), and the worker sustains an on-the-job accident, the liabilities can be substantial. Medical costs and disability payments for workers could cause financial hardship for even a very wealthy client.’

When considering the potential for problems, it simply isn’t worth the risk- especially when there are so many capable and well respected agencies that you can count on to make this very difficult time of your life much easier.

Call Capability Homecare today, our motto is ‘a relationship you can trust’.

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