home care is your best option because;
- It is the most cost-effective health care delivery offered as there are no room and board costs compared to nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and other institutional care settings.
- It promotes healing, as studies have shown that patients recover faster in the comfort of their home.
- It offers individualized services that are tailored to the client’s health care needs and finances.
- It reinforces and supplements care from the client’s family and friends.
Agencies have staff with expertise in assessing client needs and developing care plans, usually at no cost to the client. The professional staff at a care agency can help clients navigate through the web of health care resources and effectively communicate your needs and goals to physicians, hospital staff, and nursing home staff. Agency staff can also assist clients and their family with any emotional barriers and concerns about accepting home care services.
Advantages of Working with a Home Care Agency
After deciding that care at home is the right option, consumers weigh their options of hiring a care agency or contract directly with a home health aide or nurse. However, consumers should be aware of the following benefits of working with a home care agency versus the risks of a direct hire:
Employer Obligations: By hiring a home health aide or nurse directly, the individual consumer and their family takes on the responsibilities as their employer. This includes paying for the employee’s payroll taxes, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, and liability. If the employee gets hurt during their time providing care or commuting to or from the individual’s home, it is the consumer that is legally and financially liable. Working with a care agency alleviates the client of these responsibilities.
Peace of Mind: Unless the consumer does a criminal background check at their own expense, the consumer does not really know who is providing care in their home. Care agencies are required to conduct thorough criminal background checks that provide more comprehensive data than available to the public prior to any agency employee stepping foot into a client’s home.
Security and Contingency: If a consumer’s direct hire harms or steals from the consumer, it is still the consumer that is liable. However, care agencies are required to maintain various insurances to protect their clients and are required by law to promptly investigate all complaints of abuse or theft. Furthermore, care agencies can provide a replacement without disruption of service if the agency employee gets sick, injured, or changes jobs.
Ongoing Training and Supervision: If the consumer has a direct hire, the consumer is responsible for continuous training and supervision. In contrast, care agencies have the experience, knowledge, training, resources, and licensure to ensure that their employees are thoroughly trained in all services performed, including safe infection control, falls prevention, emergency preparation, and personal care tasks.
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