Return to Article 5 months, Theodore Winston said... My wife and I are very busy with our work and barely have enough time to spend with our kids. My kids are very fond of their "gramma" and wouldn't want her away from them and neither do I nor my wife. We'll be sure to look into the legal compliance of the agency and also look into the background of the assigned caregiver. Thanks for the great tips! http://www.inyourhomecares.com/services 8 months, a fellow commenter said... I am a CNA and I would like to know how to find out what (by law or Medicaid Statutes) are required or expected of (from) a CNA performing home healthcare in an individual's home in the state of Georgia. I want to know where I can get the information from....if I can contact Medicaid directly or what. One of the expamples I'm referring to is dishes in the sink before they (the aid) gets there and the individual on the program is living with relatives and the relatives have a dog....are you responsible for the dog? The dog is not on Medicaid 9 months, Tekkerzs said... I'm looking for someone to take care of my Mother In-law on the weekends. The aid will need to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 24/7. My mother In-law had a stroke and is paralized on one side of her body, She cant move around on her own well enough to stay at home by herself. We need someone to care for her when her sister is working which is weekends. We need the aid to occasionally wash some dishes, and do her laundry. The aid will need to cook her meals, and visit with her. Occasionally she might be asked to run errands like picking up fast food, cigarettes, or light grocery shopping. She will also need to take my mother in-law to the doctors office for her appointments if needed. If you think you'd be interested, or if you know of a company that can help us find someone please let me know. over 1 year, Aye said... You should fire the night aid and hire one who may perform the given task properly. over 1 year, Teddyjessy 65 said... I am good caregiver.I hate agency they charged me too much money.I have 9+ experience. My background is clear.If someone needs caregiver I am available.I am from Chicago. over 1 year, rjeffrey0957 said... I know someone overseas that is a care giver, how can I apply for a work visa for live in caregiver for my parents? almost 2 years, Sarah Smith said... My mother can no longer live on her own and I'm trying to find a certified nursing assistant to help her out. Thanks for the information about how agency CNAs may have some other nurse checking on them and offer advice. Hopefully, I can find a someone to live with my mother so that she can get proper care. almost 2 years, Sarah Smith said... My mother can no longer live on her own and I'm trying to find a certified nursing assistant to help her out. Thanks for the information about how agency CNAs may have some other nurse checking on them and offer advice. Hopefully, I can find a someone to live with my mother so that she can get proper care. almost 2 years, Jessieharrison4 said... It's time that I find my mom a caregiver. She has dementia and isn't with us anymore mentally. As a family, we want what's best for her, and that happens to be getting her some help. We want her to have the best caregiver possible. I like the tip you gave of making sure they are registered. Do you know if you have individual interviews with the nurses? about 2 years, Joecris said... What can I do if the patient is already to sleep about 2 years, A Plus Solutions said... There is no replacement of home.. And in the illness status, most deadly miss their home. In such case, it is god to go for personal caregivers. Whether it is child or senior citizen, there are number of personal caregivers. about 2 years, ejs2283 said... Are there any minimum requirements for a a person categorized as providing "home care" for a disabled or elderly person? In other words, can I allow a person with no training or experience to stay with me as a home care provider if they would help me around the house but not otherwise be allowed to reside with me as a roommate. over 2 years, a fellow commenter said... Very helpful article, thank you! Do you know anything about whether military insurance pays for this type of care? (fyi in your last paragraph you used the word "brindle" and I think you meant to say "bristle.") almost 3 years, a fellow commenter said... I had no idea that there was such a big difference between hiring an individual employee and hiring someone from an agency. I know that I would want to provide the best care possible for my mother, and it's important for me to find that care whenever possible. I hope that more people will look into this when they have to help their relatives. It's so important to provide the right care for them. We should definitely focus on that. almost 3 years, a fellow commenter said... In joy working as a care give almost 3 years, sergeduval said... Home care can take a lot of stress off of senior citizens as well as their kids. When my parents needed help, we were all pretty caught up with our work and families. We liked to visit on the weekends, but daily at-home support wasn't realistic for any of us. We felt a huge burden lifted when the home care started going over. At first I didn't know a lot about it, but as mentioned, these are people who have received proper training to handle the work. Thanks for your article! almost 3 years, stacy stinson said... I want someone to come in and help me take care of my mom almost 3 years, Rosie1125 said... We are searching for someone to come into my mothers house n live with her and help with her cares. She is 94 and has early stage of dementia. How would I word a newspaper "Help Wanted" add? Thank you over 3 years, a fellow commenter said... The success and failure of a relationship is communication. The agency must set the expectations of services to be provided and the family must share the expectations of services they expect to receive from an agency. I strongly encourage families to work with an agency. It can prevent so many headaches and provide an extra layer of protection to mom and dad receiving care. h over 4 years, RosaR said... Hello, If you are in need of in-home care providers, you may search for them within your region through our Senior Living Directory: http://www.caring.com/local/in-home-care (You can copy and paste the web address into your browser). Enter you city, state or zip code and you will receive a list of care providers in your area with related contact information. I hope this helps! about 5 years, tiffanee said... hope it work with you and your family i am very good work withn people you will love me good hard work i love laugh and do different thing with you and your family they will love and take care of i will not let anything happen to them hope to here from you ready soon. about 5 years, anxiously waiting said... My Mom is in need of a cna she has parkinsons, how much does it cost with medicare . over 5 years, Not Schizo said... thank you for the info over 5 years, sjrbeanie said... Very helpful article. I'm new to the process of hiring in-home care. Are hiring independently and through an agency the only ways to hire in-home care? Any alternatives to these? almost 6 years, weippe54 said... I have been a care giver for 40 years. private and through a company either way its not about the family nor the company its about the client. every business has people who steal and are mean and everyone ends up some how fining those people. we get repoff by repair men and store prices car repair and etc. just remenber what you put out come a full circle in ther future. not everyone and not even family cut out to take care of family members. it a fact that abuse and being stoled from is 80 precent being done by a family member and everyone says aleast their being kept at home. believe i have been on both ends of this business and it hard to be caregiver when family is always upset about something that they can not do and they have no idea how care is to be done except what they been told or read. so all of you out there that havent done the care yet or you had abad time with a caregiver remember we are only human and we all make mistake even you so do not judge until you have been in our shoes. yes there are good and bad people every business and i mean all almost 6 years, Sho B said... Hello Ralph, You may search for In-Home Caregivers in your region through our Senior Living Directory: http://www.caring.com/local/in-home-care (You can copy and paste the web address into your browser). Enter you city, state or zip code and you will receive a list of care providers in your area with related contact information. I hope this helps! almost 6 years, ralph howard said... REQUIRED NANNY/CAREGIVER/DRIVER/HOUSEKEEPER IN LONDON: CONTACT() We are seeking a fun, energetic, responsible, organized & loving nanny, caregiver, driver, housekeeper. to join our family and take care of our lovely kids. OBJECTIVE: We need a full time, permanent nanny to work starting immediately. We want someone who is enthusiastic, affectionate and excited about being a nanny and has had experience caring for children. We are interested in someone who takes the initiative to think of developmentally appropriate and fun activities playing at the park, doing craft projects, taking them to swimming lessons, running around at the park, organizing and going on play dates with other children and engaging with them at home to encourage development and curiosity through play and reading. We also would like someone with newborn experience who feels confident with their care and also in helping them to get into a routine. There would also be light housework as well and little baby sitting. Accommodation and feeding will be covered by us and some other utilities. We are willing to pay any qualified employee the sum of 650-750 pounds per week..and after 6 months it will be increased if you are interested in this job send your photo with your CV to. Look forward to hearing from you. almost 6 years, lindi de medeiros said... my name is lindi de medeiros i look for in home care . l m a honest person l have good references. l m a housekeeper, l have experience on make good food, laundry and good record driver l have resident permanent card.just l need some oportunity to make a good job with care and love.l have available to work monday to friday:6am to 5pm.saturday:8am to1pm.sunday 8am 12pm. my fone is : [phone number removed] almost 6 years, a fellow commenter said... I started as a private caregiver in January of this year and in the beginning I asked the daughter of the gentlemen I am sitting with daily if she was going to take out taxes, she informed me that if it started to be long term she would here we are 5 months later and she is now saying she would like me to file a 1099 form for next year. Shouldn't she have taken taxes out in the beginning of the job? what do I do next? almost 6 years, mjsessa said... I am going to have leg surgery in the near future and may or may not need someone to help with my care. Hopefully it will be a temporary situation. almost 6 years, Warming center said... Good almost 6 years, Warming center said... The article is very good. about 6 years, vanilla ice said... it gives you an update information. about 6 years, a fellow commenter said... Great post. See You Tube video: "Bad Caregiver of Autistic Young Adult Caught on Tape". This home video catches bad cargiver in action. Shows you what to look for. Patient Neglect is very hard to catch. It's not like abuse. This video is excellent example of what neglect can look like. Neglect is repsonsible for many injuries to delicate patients in home care. Neglect is not attending, monitoring or applying pro active interventions to patient. CNA's need to remember they are in charge of a LIFE. This aint no dimestore job. about 6 years, a fellow commenter said... I was very upset to hear the bad feedback about cnas in home health care, not all of are bad. I am a home health aide/cna myself and I would never ever EVER take advantage of any of my clients that I am caring for. Being a cna is a tough job and very mentally challenging as well, and I think you maybe got a bad one (I've had horrible care from an RN before!) And I am very well off thank you very much, and I absolutely love my job and I have never abused, stolen nor have I had any complaints. Cnas are fantastic to have in the home for care. about 6 years, kara-d11 said... hi my name is kara davidson in im look for a job i love hleping ppl about 6 years, a fellow commenter said... Families and relatives: WATCH OUT for the untrustworthy home health aides and the greedy, unscrupulous companies that employ them! They will zone in on vulnerable, elderly people and get away with murder if you let them! Not all of them are outright dishonest, but many won't pass up the opportunity to rip off your family if the opportunity is there and is too good for them to pass up. Most of these home aides are not well off and not well educated. Nightmare stories abound about money and household possessions and medications disappearing. Don't let them fool you! about 6 years, love seniors said... I worked for RAH I did several cases and each family I cared for liked me, it wasnt until I reported to my boss that there were some issues with other caeregivers that needed to be addressed. Suddenly I became the bad person and told that certainly families were doing better therefore they were going to do without assistance. ONLY to drive by and actually see my boss sitting there in front of their home taking a new caregiver in. I was/am the most honest caregiver out there and to this day it hurts that this Agency was unfortunately NOT looking after the client instead of addressing the concern and letting the family know they fired me. I am very unshamed for this company Right At Home Corona, Ca and saddens me when people ask me about different agency's being they know I'm an honest caregiver and have to say I'd prefer they try others. over 6 years, jp&vhan said... hi, me and my wife were looking for a healthcare facility or live in home care, we wanted to apply... from west covina, CA... here's our contact no. (contact number removed)... i'm just migrated from philippines, im a graduate of BS Physical Therapy and Doctor of Medicine, now im looking for a job related in healthcare facility, coz i wanted to save money for future review class that i wanted to take...thank you over 6 years, Emily M. said... Hi Hilde, Thanks for your comment! To find a hospice provider in your area, please visit our Senior Living Directory, located here: ( http://www.caring.com/local ). From the directory homepage, simply enter your city, state and zip code, then select hospice, and you'll be taken to a list of potential providers who may be able to help you. We also include consumer ratings and reviews on provider pages, and hope in the future, you'll return to the directory and share your feedback about any providers with whom you've had a service experience. I hope that helps! Take care -- Emily | Community Manager over 6 years, Hilde said... i just moved to NJ and my mom is in the Hospice Unit in the hospital in NY. I would like to bring her to NJ and would like some help as to what step and angencies I can contact for either home care of hospice. Thank you. over 6 years, a fellow commenter said... It is best to work for yourself, if you care for a child/children and know the person that you are working for either by word of mouth, or finding out yourself. Tell the person to call all the time at first to feel comfortable and let them know that you can be trusted and to get in touch with people that you have sat for before. Also, be a mum away from home, not a sitter/stranger. Look after the kids like they are your own and enjoy the day with them. Then it is a piece of cake. Because you will have fun and they will have fun. Incidentally, don't let the mum come home to a house that is a diabolical mess either. You wouldn't do it in your own home and you would make the kids pick up after them and you would feed them well and put the dishes in the dishwasher and clean up any messes that they have made and make yourself at home like they told you to. Have a nice cup of tea, lunch with the kids and then have fun with them again. The day goes faster and they love you for it as well. over 6 years, Oscar Monge P. said... I'm a caregiver.I have some experience in home care. I looking for a job. over 6 years, JuMer said... I am looking for someone to help with my mom when I have to be out of town. This helped me know where to look. over 6 years, ms.dominguez said... Hi my name is stephanie castillo i live in victoria tx and im looking for a caregiver job im willing to work monday threw friday and if needed weekends i willing to work too my number is 361-571-3819 and i can start whenever there a opening thanks over 6 years, Amy123 said... This is a very good article. Some people are taking advantage of their employers which is not good. They need to have their own boundaries and work professionally. over 6 years, There2530 said... If you would have been hiring CNA's and HHA's,that would have been more helpful. over 6 years, LauraCoo said... I think the best website to hire a caregiver is ifindcare.com. They have compatibility matching which shows me the most relevant caregivers which saves a lot of time when searching for the perfect candidate. over 6 years, Emily M. said... Hello lyn/711, Unfortunately we do not have a way for caregivers like yourself to find caregiving work on our site. I do wish you the best of luck in finding what you are looking for. Perhaps you can find a facility in our local directory: http://www. caring.com/local that can help you find work. Take care -- Emily | Community Manager over 6 years, lyn/711 said... Hello, im CNA,HHA..looking for a job.clean background,skilled nursing ,home care experience. over 6 years, Emily M. said... Hello bbylyn, Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately we do not have a way for caregivers like yourself to find caregiving work on our site. I do wish you the best of luck in finding what you are looking for. Take care -- Emily | Community Manager over 6 years, bbylyn said... Hi Filipino I'm looking for a caregiver job. over 6 years, Emily M. said... Hello benjaminwoodward, Thank you very much for your comment. If you'd like, you can post your question in our Ask & Answer section, here: ( http://www.caring.com/ask ). Take care -- Emily | Community Manager over 6 years, benjaminwoodward said... Thanks for the article. How much do payroll preparation agencies typically cost? We are looking for an in-home caregiver for my mother-in-law, but money is tight. Any info is appreciated. over 6 years, e2ndo said... Everything was Helpful. Great Information! Thanks very much... over 6 years, hannahhh said... Thanks for this article! I've gotten to the point where I can't babysit my mother-in-law 24/7, and don't want to pass her around between my family and my sister-in-law's family until she dies. We had a terrifying incident yesterday, where she went out on the porch to read, and passed out due to heatstroke. She needs someone to make sure she eats, bathes, doesn't sleep all day, etc. At the moment, we're looking into Visiting Angels (www.visitingangels.com). over 6 years, Jzimmer9 said... There are advantages and disadvantages to every choice one makes. Do I go with an agency and pay more or do I go with an independent caregiver and pay less? It is true that using an agency will cost more. You must decide if the difference in cost is worth it. I have met and hired independent caregivers for my agency and they are very caring and responsible. I have also not hired many applicants because of bad references, background checks, drug screen, or because I would not want that person taking care of my parents. These people still offer services directly to clients. With an agency you don't have to worry about the taxes. You don't have to worry about insurance and workers comp. The reason I charge more than an independent caregiver is not because I want to gouge the client, it is to cover the taxes (I pay an employers share of Social Security and Medicare), insurance (I carry fidelity bond, general liability bond, secondary auto, workers comp, Un-employment insurance, and crime bond). I also have a full-time Director of Nursing who does an assessment and developes a plan of care for each client. She conducts monthly supervisory visits to insure the care is being properly provided. Our phone is answered 24/7 by someone on our staff. If there is a problem or an emergency we are aware of it and we are working to resolve the problem. If someone is sick and cannot work the shift we are looking for a replacement. Our goal is to not miss a shift. We have two driving principles: To provide the same level of care we would expect for our parents and loved ones, and To be just and generous employers. We do everything we can to take care of our employees because we know they are the ones responsible for the care. As with everything else in life you must be diligent in your research, and often times what appears to be a good deal (based on price) ends up costing you more in real dollars or in headaches and heartache! almost 7 years, SleepingB808 said... I did not know there is a Medicare part C plan. I learned something new. almost 7 years, Emily M. said... Hi meohmy, Thank you for your post. Unfortunately, Caring.com's expertise is in eldercare and we don't have a lot of information for other types of caregivers. We do have an article about how to get paid to be a caregiver, but I am not positive it if applies to your situation as well. You can check out the article here: ( http://www.caring.com/articles/payment-for-family-caregiver ). I hope that's helpful. Take care, and good luck! -- Emily | Community Manager almost 7 years, meohmy said... my daughter is disabled 25 yrs old, and has been all her life, i do all her caregiving and always have, shes moving into a HUD apartment, she qualifies but i dont... but as long as i have no income i can live with her, but if i become her "live-in aide" then its a win win situation because then my income would not effect her rent, so i would have a job and be there for her 24/7 ... but i dont want to go thru an agency, and i heard thru the grapevine that medicaid will pay me.... but i have no clue where to begin to apply to do that... im in kentucky... any advice? almost 7 years, CareGivingWithLove said... Thank you very much for the information. almost 7 years, Emily M. said... Hi Boomer Buddy, Thank you very much for your question. If you'd like, you can post your question in our Ask & Answer section, here: ( http://www.caring.com/ask ). Take care -- Emily | Community Manager almost 7 years, Boomer Buddy said... Where is the best place to have Background checks done for In Home Care Givers? almost 7 years, a fellow commenter said... I AGREE THAT AGENCIES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES! I LEFT A COMMENT IN THE SECTION REGARDING TAXES, PAYING PRIVATE, etc. I WISH TO CAUTION ABOUT ANOTHER PROBLEM::: STEALING MEDS, ESPECIALLY VICODIN AND XANAX, ALLEDGEDLY TO SELL TO SCHOOL KIDS. THE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL ANGUISH MY LOVED ONE WENT THROUGH IS UNFATHAMOBILE. THIS IS A DISABLED, SICK PERSON THAT I ENTRUSTED TO AN AGENCY!!! I CAN'T BE THERE 24/7. BE CAREFULL!!!!! almost 7 years, a fellow commenter said... The comments about agencies paying us little or nothing is absolutely true. The paying agents/clients are charged exorbitant amounts especially for twenty-four hour services for which we are paid for only eight or ten hours. We are lucky to get $10.00 an hour. Most of these agencies do not have benefits we are onour own if for any reason we have to take some time off. As a result of the low pay some aides do not give of their best. Some agencies are so dishonest that they dock our pay one hour for lunch regardless of how many hours we work . That is unbelievable since we cannot leave the patient for an hour to sit and have lunch or to go buy lunch. Sometimes we cannot even have our lunch or when we try to have it we have to leave it to give care. I believe this is one of the most unappreciated jobs. I lift my hat to my colleagues in this field. Any one who can get private positions, go for it. almost 7 years, Sunshine22 said... I recently went through the process of finding in-home care for my elderly mother. I was nervous about leaving her, and when I asked tough questions of the agency that was recommended to me, I was shocked to learn that after the initial intake process, they basically have almost no visibility to the actual day-to-day care! I interviewed 5 or 6 more agencies, and all but one uses care journals that sit in my mother's home such that the agency really has very limited idea of what's going on. I finally found an agency that uses a "point-of-care system." I highly recommend this! I login at a website called "ClearCare" and I can see what is happening every day. I know when my mom's caregiver clocks in at her house, and when she completes specific tasks. I'm alerted if the caregiver does not arrive on time or if something isn't done properly. This has been a very difficult process for me, but I do find peace of mind in knowing exactly what's happening every day. almost 7 years, Jaybird69 said... I have watched a good friend just be totally overrun by a caregiving company. One was caught stealing, she got reassigned. And is the title companion/housekeeper a way of saying CNA cost for housekeeping and unwanted conversation. Should I feel uncomfortable about a caregiver not being experienced in dealing w/alzheimer's patients,which is factored in this equation. My friend has put her coffee in the same spot for 20 years. Gets up to make coffee 1 morning and it is nowhere to be found. Truthfully, the worst thing possible to people w/ this condition is people coming to there home and moving stuff around. They already have it hard enough without any help. almost 7 years, Emily M. said... Hi August, You have contacted Caring.com, which is a website for people taking care of their elderly loved ones. Were you perhaps trying to contact a health care agency that is listed on our site? You can find our local resources page here: http://www.caring.com/local Best -- Emily | Community Manager almost 7 years, August said... my husband and myself are looking for an In -Home Caregiving job.We're both Filipino. almost 7 years, Mlyn said... After using agencies for 3+ yrs., we are now hiring an independent caregiver for my mom. We are trying to make our money stretch, and this new person is the cheaper way to go. A friend of mine gave me her name/number and said that her previous family gave her high marks for her care expertise. almost 7 years, Labe said... Wife has Alzheimers and finally gave in to activating our long term care ins. Have agency caregiver (2nd agency) and am totally satisfied. and from a psychological view -a great relief . I no longer droop over the kitchen sink at 3pm preparing our dinner. Right now satisfied 3x/week for 3 hours per . Feel like great weight off my shoulders and know will eventually increase time.Mentally not depressed anymore and wife appreciates . almost 7 years, Labe said... Differentiating caregiver services and pros & cons of agency vs employing on own about 7 years, Barbara Brewer said... There are some excellent advantages to caregivers and the clients when caregiving services are provided by self employed, screened and bonded caregivers who have clean background checks immediately before being offered cases by a 1099 form of senior home care company. The party that loses most is the govermnent, because unemployment taxes don't have to be paid in, and most people never draw on unemployment benefits, because they need to work. The saving of those funds payable to the government allow 1099 forms of companies to pay their caregivers more than the $8 to $8.95 per hr that most senior care companies pay caregivers. Also, the caregivers can keep up with every mile of their auto mileage from home to work and back, as well as transportation between multiple clients during the day and other business expenses as a contractor,and deduct 100% of that off their 1099 income, which salaried employees cannot do, except if traveling between two cases during work day. There are definite advantages to one being her/his own "boss", like having the option to not take the little 1 and 2 hr cases that so many employee form of companies require their employees to take, as well as cases that are so far from home the gas usage is not worth the few hours worked or the small salary paid to drive to the job and home. With a 1099 form of company, the caregiver is allowed to deduct that expanse. Over the course of a year that can be a very large deduction. They do not lose social security benefits, because those are paid on their 1040 income tax return every year. They work for companies that are licensed and inspected by the state with the same inspectors that inspect W-2 types of businessses, and must meet the exact same standards of care and inspection. Just because someone is an indepent contractor does not mean that they are not insured. W-2 forms of senior care companies try to discredit the 1099 form of companies, but the caregivers have the same certifications, such as cnas, med techs, lpns, etc. As for Preferred Care at Home of Nashville and Middle TN, I do not train new, inexperienced caregivers and send them out to gain their beginning experience our clients, as many of the biggest senior home care companies do. I only offer caregivers with 2 or more (and most have 5 or more) years of experience with a licensed home care agency or resident facility. Our quality of caregivers is the higest available, and we provide an extra measure of services that many don't, including preparation of hot meals and full housekeeping, exercise encouragement and particupation, and engaging care to keep clients moving and ambulatory, if appropriate, while also reducing fall risk through strength enhancement and maintenance, stimulating mental activities thorogh games, journaling with or for them, urging them to continue with hobbies and simple household activities that they enjoy. At Preferred Care at Home, we Motivate clients to Move, in order to Maintain Mobility while providing Compassionate, Reliable, and Affordable Care. about 7 years, a fellow commenter said... I totally understand caregivers wanting to be paid via cash & they do work very hard around the clock. However, filing thru 1099 & taking out the necessary taxes is also beneficial for their future as it helps them accumulate working credits into social security so that they can have social security & health benefits in their future retirement. I have also read that if you, as the private Employer are reporting & paying this thru 1099 that you can write off the monthly caregiver expenses you are paying on your taxes. about 7 years, Emily M. said... Hi diallo, You have contacted Caring.com, which is a website for people taking care of their elderly loved ones. Were you perhaps trying to contact a health care agency that is listed on our site? You can find our local resources page here: (http://www.caring.com/local). I hope that helps-- Emily about 7 years, diallo said... hi iam looking for a job are you hiring people right now about 7 years, Emily M. said... Hi susan acevedo, Thanks for your comment. Caring.com has a great local directory where you can find the right care for your father in your area! Just type in your city and stage, select the type of care you're looking for, and hit search (http://www.caring.com/local?type=personal-home-care). Thanks again for your comment -- Emily about 7 years, susan acevedo said... im looking for in care for my father about 7 years, marie theodore said... i would like to apply to take care elderly people about 7 years, ReneeBall said... How to apply? about 7 years, KristyAnn said... All of your points are valid. Every situation is different; taking on the responsibility of hiring and managing a private caregiver is a major commitment. What happens if your caregiver abruptly quits? It's a good idea to educate yourself thoroughly to ensure you're up for this task, and to have a back-up plan which can be a relationship with a home care company. Your company can fill-in if your caregiver has planned or unplanned time off. The company I represent conducts background checks & drug tests; we also value our caregivers as they are the foundation of our business. We offer ongoing training, quarterly awards and recognition of achievements and even annual bonuses. about 7 years, kewpee said... @ macoy: Independent in-home workers are sometimes mistrusted by older people sometimes, and often for good reasons. People who are ONLY money-driven often come without BONDING or LICENSING so that background checks must be performed by the intended client, a relative, or concerned neighbor. Agencies do ALL that paperwork and will take the hit if an employee steals from a client or causes a client any injury. I ran my own one-woman "show" in the 90's and darned near put myself into a permanent state of debilitating injuries and extreme fatigue. You really need to have some start-up cash so you can hire good, solid, dependable people who have NO CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS (the money comes in handy for doing all those criminal background checks, bonding and insuring each one of them, getting them ID badges and "uniforms" [identifiable clothing that sets your agency apart from the rest]). The long and the short of it is that inhome agencies spring up and fall down into the abyss every day. The good ones have been around for years (sometimes) and know how to handle both their client base and employees. Right now is probably NOT A GOOD TIME TO DO A START-UP. about 7 years, macoy said... ya agencies are really not fair in terms of wages and being an independent caregiver is the best way to get paid (cash) of what you worked for, but the question is how can you get clients/patient without dealing with agencies. anybody? about 7 years, a fellow commenter said... Hi everybody. The comments from the agency are wrong.We ,as a caregivers are licensed,by the Dept,Of Health,Paid for our training (lots of money)our backgroung is checked for all NAR and CNA,tha's why we do carry license,and what agency do for us??Nothing-send us to people homes,to take care of them and we do not even get half of the money people paying for us.and agency people don't know how we look or who we are.They hust see our papers.If I am employed by private person ,I pay my taxes and social security .That's why IRS has form 1091 for people like us.If we fell down at work people get home insurance to cover us.Also people who hire us can be our employer and pay taxes and Soc.security.I worked for the agency which is charging people for my care $29 and hour and I get only$12 an hour,agency charged $380 for 24 hours and I am working for $170dol for 24 hours care,sometimes with 2-3 hours of sleep.I am wonder if the owner of the agency will do our work,for the money he pay us.Just imagine why agency have to send another caregiver if one quit.Beause the responsibility and job is too much for us for too little money. Family who hires us through the agency don't know this .Family thinks that tehy pay more then enough for us to do all the job-diapers and transfers and job at nightwhen their love one needs us.If we will have an accident on the job tha agency dose not pay us.Labor and Industry pay us ,because agency pay premium for us.It is simple mathematic why Agency discourage people from hiring us privately-$ 380 for 24 hours -$170 for a caregiver =$210 benefits for the agency in one night for our hard ,dedicated work.They why according to agency rule we can not discussed pay with the people we taking care of. Sorry for mistakes,ut I hope it will show you light on Home Care Industry. Thanks for reading. about 7 years, sonoma5 said... I ,now work in a nursing home after ten years plus as a home health aide,and i have worked for several eldely people of all race ,put when you decide this what you are going to do and you are only in it for the money and steal off this elderly people then you are the one that has a problem and i have seen this ,ever aide should have a back ground check and finger printed,and I am going back into home health ,when i started home health I was trained that you was taking care of your parents or grandparents. about 7 years, Milagro Pradinett said... I will like to apply for Elderly care Jobs. over 7 years, BradVeitch said... This article was very helpful. Following the links, I learned important details and picked up pieces of wisdom to be sure I include in my hiring. One significant point that we face is that my Mom is 30 miles from the agency offices in another community. Therefore, we would pay additional time for travel or a flat per trip fee. We have found an independent with solid references and a track record of good work in our community. Thanks be to God! over 7 years, a fellow commenter said... My name is angeline and i have worked for nurseing homes for so many years, i have seen how they are treated. Its about 8 years now that iam doing homecare by word of mouth. If anyone out their needs me to care for your loved one,you can email me at email@example.com. You can check me. Iam honest, reliable and i do what iam told. Very independent. thanks. over 7 years, dad-enough said... I Have a 12yr old with DMD, and I need someone 3 hrs/day, Mon.- Fri., to be at our house when he gets off the bus from school. Currently I leave work 3hrs early each day (2 weeks&counting), testing the limits of my Boss' understanding/ patience. There are no chores or cooking, just be at our home for supervision/ safety assistance. A Sitter will cost $10hr, that's $600mo. and i cant afford that. He recieves straight medicaid w/ssi. If anyone has any advice for some caring help, Gov. Vouchers, or info that is working for you in simular case, I would be greatful..... "It's just my Son and I, trying to jump the next hurdle" God willing :-)) over 7 years, BarbM32 said... Allof it was helpful almost 8 years, a fellow commenter said... The poor person that works for those greedy health care companies get paid minimum wages, no mileage, supposed to pay out of pocket (in case the client does not have enough cash for their grocceries) never mind that the people doing this job are exploided to the get go and only receive minimum wages drive up to 25 miles one way with no reimbursement and can be charged with elder abuse abd neglect if they do not show up to a shift. The burden is tremendous and the leagal liability ends up with the poor underpaid caregiver, while the owners of those comapnies are only all out for the money...yes most of them are filthy rich because the federal government pays them well...what ever you do...stay the cash route and stay independent...and most of all do not listen to the lies you are told by those agencies...all they are out for is the mighty dollar...that's right almost 8 years, nannawestfall50 said... For myself I do strictly cash. I provide an excellant service to my families and the additional paperwork isn't worth the hassle. I won't work any other way. I have been doing this work for six years. I just finish my third family, after 2 years and over 5000 hours. about 8 years, a fellow commenter said... While independant caregivers are usually cheaper, they are only cheaper when you pay cash. I lost a wonderful caregiver because after three years of cash payments I hired her 1099. After she filed her taxes she had to pay and wasn't very happy. I know its not my fault she didn't save any money to pay taxes but should I have kept paying cash since I was coming out ahead and saving money? I ended up going to an agency and paying 50% more and my mother died less than a year later. over 10 years, a fellow commenter said... I know that, at least in Texas, when an elderly person becomes homebound, Medicare/Medicaid will pay for a Home Health Aide/Personal Care attendant to come in for a set number of hours. My mother is at that stage now and we are having to pay for private care because we don't know how to go about getting insurance to pay for it. Any suggestions? over 10 years, a fellow commenter said... This was very helpful! When my mother's health degraded to the point that my father needed a live-in helper for her, they went the independent path. My sisters and I are uncomfortable with the way the caregiver is paid in cash. It always seemed too overwhelming to negotiate the paperwork to pay taxes on her salary. I didn't know there were services available to do that for us. I will definitely check those out!