Once you’ve determined that your parent or senior loved one does require care to maintain their health and safety, it’s time to start your search. You need to find caregivers that live in close proximity to your parent, and even if you live far away, you can still oversee the selection process.
While there are a few channels you can use to find care for your parent, the following four options are the most common:
Do you know someone who has a parent who receives care? Maybe one of your parent’s friends has a homecare provider who comes to visit each day. A word-of-mouth referral is a common way that families find a homecare provider. A first-hand account of someone’s qualifications as a caregiver can put your mind at ease about hiring them, especially if the referral comes from someone you trust.
Though this is a common option, there are a few drawbacks that come from using a personal referral. If this is a private caregiver not employed by an agency, the relationship you have with them will be that of an employer and an employee. You may need to secure additional insurance for your parent in the event the caregiver is injured on the job. Otherwise, your family could be responsible for the cost of their medical care.
You’re also responsible for properly vetting the candidate. That could include running a background check and contacting previous employers for references. The responsibility of ensuring a candidate is credible falls entirely on your shoulders.
A referral agency is an organization that can send you a list of potential caregivers. However, the agency doesn’t employ the caregivers; they simply refer them. Some referral agencies vet their candidates, while others do not. So, there’s a chance you could still run into some of the same problems that come with word-of-mouth referrals, like the need to run your own background checks or invest in insurance. Also, you’re regularly required to pay a service fee to referral agencies on top of the cost of care if you hire one of their candidates. However, you will benefit from the convenience of having a list of numerous candidates provided for you.
Traditional Care Agency
Traditional care agencies are a good option for finding homecare services, as these agencies actually employ caregivers. These agencies are licensed and bonded by your state, meaning they are credible organizations and responsible for any lost or damaged property during your parent’s care visits. They also usually have insurance to cover any events that could occur while a caregiver is on the job.
Traditional care agencies thoroughly vet their caregivers, so you don’t have to. They also typically have training programs to ensure all the caregivers they employ can be trusted to provide quality care for seniors.
One issue with these traditional care agencies that is important to note is the hourly minimum service requirement. These agencies usually require you to pay for a minimum of four hours of care per visit. So, even if you parent only requires 30 minutes of care or support, you’ll still pay for the four hour minimum.
Care Agency Network
This final option has all the benefits of working with a traditional care agency, with lower costs and greater flexibility. Agency networks bring agencies together to help connect seniors with caregivers in their area. If you choose an agency network like CaringOnDemand, you can be confident that the available caregivers have had their backgrounds and qualifications screened to ensure they’re trustworthy options for your parent. CaringOnDemand only partners with agencies that are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, so you can rest easy knowing your parents are in trustworthy hands.
Using an agency network means you have all the benefits of working with an agency, without the high costs of minimum hourly payments. You only pay for the care your parent receives, whether that’s 30 minutes or six hours. You also have the wide range of options to choose from, as the network is partnered with numerous agencies. There are more caregivers to choose from and fewer financial obstacles standing in your way.
Ultimately, in your search for a homecare provider for your parent or senior loved one, an agency network is the best option. They can help you find caregivers near to your loved one, regardless of where you live, who are highly qualified. You won’t have to invest in extra costs like insurance or four-hour care minimums. Seniors receive the care they need, when they need it, with the highest levels of flexibility.
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