Health Care

Finding a Provider – A Brief Overview of Senior Home Care

Prior to entering the industry, I was unaware of the difficulties in locating an in-home caregiver. It turned out that I wasn’t the only one. Many people assume that all you have to do is pick up the phone, say what you want, and the senior homecare provider will appear. If you are dissatisfied, the organisation will replace you. The scenario does not always hold true. It’s more difficult than most people believe to figure out who is on the other end of the call. What makes matters even more complicated is that depending on how you find a senior care provider, you can unknowingly expose yourself to such liabilities and obligations. Touching Hearts at Home NYC — Manhattan; Brooklyn; Westchester; Queens; Rockland is an excellent resource for this.
I’ve studied the ins and outs of seeking senior care and want to make the process easier for you, because if I’d gone it alone, I would have experienced a lot of frustration—much of it avoidable and needless. While the subtle differences shocked me, there are a few key differences that I can point out that will help you become a more savvy searcher when it comes to finding a senior care provider.
Years of corresponding with members of the National Private Duty Association and engaging with the average client have helped me prepare for conversations about the most important problems you’ll face while looking for, recruiting, and working with a senior home care provider. Use the following senior home care choices as a road map to ensure that you and your loved one find a senior care provider who is right for you.
Choose from a number of senior care choices to find the best match for you.
Full-service providers, referral agencies, and private-hire caregivers are the three forms of senior home care choices. While the first two options provide appropriate resources such as pre-screening and reference checks, the third option leaves the door wide open when it comes to finding a senior care provider, implying that you are responsible for the majority, if not all, of the requisite employer duties.
Many critical aspects of recruiting a caregiver are covered by full-service companies, including pre-screening, reviewing references, ensuring worker’s benefits, managing payroll taxes, and closely tracking and supervising caregivers put in a household.
The initial aspects of the in-home care process are managed by referral companies, but if you select a senior care provider through the agency, your business arrangement with them ends there, and you are responsible for the rest. The referral agency will perform a pre-screening and reference search, but it will not supervise a caregiver in the home. You will, however, be responsible for insuring and supervising the caregiver, as well as payroll, worker’s compensation, and other related taxes.
Alternative sources of private-hire caregivers include personal reviews, web directories, and health-care associations. You will be responsible for conducting your own background check and interviewing the caregiver. You may be responsible for benefits and oversight of the caregiver, as well as worker’s compensation, payroll, and other taxes, similar to referral agencies. If you want to find a senior care provider on your own by hiring a private-hire caregiver, ElderCarePay and PayCycle both generate payroll software that you can use to ensure that taxes are paid appropriately during each pay cycle (1).