When a senior family member needs in-home care services, there are a number of possible choices, and identifying where to turn can be daunting. For example, should you employ a professional home care services agency, a privately hired caregiver, or choose a caregiving registry? And how can you determine which home care solution is most helpful for your loved one’s specific needs? There are positives and negatives with most choices, but when it comes to in-home care, the best solution is clear: hiring a professional agency like Live Well at Home is the top choice for the highest quality elder care in Sacramento for a multitude of reasons:
There’s no need to perform a search for a safe, trained caregiver. A reputable senior care agency not only checks references and performs thorough background and driving record checks, but also handles the task of finding the perfect caregiver match for each person, looking at personality, hobbies and common interests as well as requested schedule and geographic location.
Home care agency caregivers are thoroughly trained, experienced, and monitored. An in-home care agency normally provides continuing caregiver training as well as introductory orientation. Regular oversight also ensures that any appropriate changes or assistance can be revealed and attended to.
Tax obligations fall on the agency – not you. If someone employs a home caregiver through a registry or private hire (such as through replying to a “help wanted” ad), the client is in charge of all of the caregiver’s mandated taxes (which often is not disclosed). Conversely, because all caregivers from an agency are employees of that agency, all payroll taxes, workers’ compensation, liability insurance, and more are covered by the agency.
Caregiver illness and vacation time off are covered. It’s certain that sometime every one of us, including caregivers, will become sick or need time off for a vacation or to attend to other personal needs. A professional home care services agency will provide a replacement caregiver whenever a senior’s main caregiver is sick or on vacation. In addition, an agency manages all staff discipline, to address and correct problems like showing up late to work.
Leave the oversight to the agency. A home care agency provides supervision of all caregivers by a qualified individual. With an independently hired caregiver or one obtained through a registry, there is no care supervision, opening up a client to the chance of financial, emotional or physical abuse.
We’re aware that, even when choosing a highly qualified home care services agency in Sacramento, your family has options from which to choose. At Live Well at Home, we believe our elder care in Sacramento is second to none, due to the high quality of our management, the training we provide our caregivers, and our professional caregivers themselves. We would love to speak with you to answer any questions you may have about our home care services, to supply you with some resources particular to your loved one’s needs, or to set up a free in-home assessment. Contact us any time online or by phone at 916-459-3220.