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What is Home Care?
Home care provides seniors with assistance in their own home which allows them to live independently. Dependable care helps seniors maintain t of the highest quality of life provides safety, promotes health, and happiness of the client. Home care includes assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, transportation, medication reminders.
How can I pay for Home Care?
- Private payment
- Asset conversion
- Reverse Mortgages
- Home equity lines of credit
- Long term care insurance
- If you are not sure about the status of your loved one’s long term care insurance, then contact Avid Care and we can assist you.
Do you provide services in assisted living facilities?
Yes, care is provided in an assisted living facility. We collaborate with the community staff to promote a better quality of life for clients, and to make sure all of our clients’ needs are being met.
Why should I use a Licensed Home Care Company rather than hire a caregiver on my own?
1. With a private caregiver, you need to do the proper screening and background checks. After you hire that person, you then become a supervisor! We have a very rigorous system for screening and interviewing caregivers, so we hire only the highest quality caregivers. Plus, we handle all ongoing caregiver issues so the family never has to deal with it.
2. When your private caregiver calls in sick, you may be placed in a bind finding a replacement or taking care of your loved one yourself. When you use a Licensed company, there are always back-up caregivers available.
3. Our caregivers are our employees, which means we pay all of their taxes and Worker’s Compensation. If a caregiver is injured on the job the Worker’s Compensation Bureau can come to your loved one looking for compensation if your caregiver files a claim.
4. Our caregivers work under a care plan developed by our experts, and they have a team of supervisors who keep a close eye on the level of care they provide. It takes a lot more coordination than people think. To get the best care, you should work with professionals.
5. Most important, however, is the fact that when you choose Dependable Care, you are hiring an entire team of people who care.
How does Avid Home Care Solutions choose caregivers?
One of the reasons we are so successful is our ability to match clients and caregivers. After our initial meeting and assessment with you or your loved one, our nurse will have an excellent idea of the level of care needed and the type of personality that would best suit your loved one. At that point, our care team brainstorms on which of our employees would be a good fit.
Why Choose Us?
HOME CARE AGENCY VS. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR
Make Sure You Are An Informed Consumer There are a variety of ways to get supportive services and it is easy to feel confused and unsure. There can also be differences in costs that are difficult to understand. In many cities throughout the country, there may be dozens of what appear to be similar companies offering non-medical home care and companion services, in addition to individuals who work independently. Yellow Page advertisements or Internet websites can look very impressive. It is important to understand all of the implications before making any decisions. What You Need To Know There are basically 2 ways to access supportive home care and there are major differences between each one. It is important to fully understand the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision. The 2 choices are as follows: Home Care Agency (Avid Home Care Solutions) – This is a company that employs individuals to provide specific health services and is responsible for taxes, insurance, bonding and workers compensation. Employment is the meaningful variable—it carries with it an array of protections:
– If an employee is sick or goes on vacation, they provide another employee to perform the neededservices.
– The employees receive some degree of training depending upon the skill level.
– The agency supervises the employee, including regular visits to check on the work they are doing.
– A supervisor assigns specific duties and supervises the care professionals.
– Staff members keep records of services performed and of each client’s status.
– Staff members report changes in the client’s status to the supervisor or case manager.
– In many instances and depending upon the levels of licensing, the agency provides supportive services(i.e. personal care assistance to include help with the activities of daily living, homemaking,companions) and also skilled care (i.e. nursing treatments, physical therapy). This means that ifsomeone receiving help with shopping and errands becomes ill and needs nursing help, he or she doesnot have to seek another source of help—the same agency can provide care. It can be a smoothtransition for the client and the family already dealing with changes with someone becoming ill.
Independent Contractor (Privately Employed Caregiver) – This is a person who is individually hired by either a family member or the person needing help. While this may appear less expensive, there are many “hidden” costs and risks associated. Whoever hires an independent contractor must pay all of the appropriate taxes—they have assumed the role of employer. If the independent contractor is injured on the job, the person who hires the individual is responsible for medical bills and any other expenses. In addition, if the independent contractor is sick or goes on vacation, he or she is not obligated to find a replacement. There is no formalized supervisor or on-going training program. Perhaps lower in hourly rates, choosing an independent contractor does not provide the security, trust and assurance most people want for themselves or their loved ones.
Why not hire my own companion (independent contractor or privately employed caregiver)? Won’t I save money?
Many people choose to hire a companion independently. This may seem less expensive at first glance, however deeper examination reveals hidden costs. Below are several of the shortfalls of personally hiring your own caregiver:
How many people are needed to assure coverage when necessary? Private caregivers or companions are people too, and will demand time off for themselves. Over the holidays, they may not be there. They may take time
off for their own extended families. Private caregivers want personal time too, and they can burn out! When the companion takes off, is sick, or wants a long weekend, who will fill in? Personal Risk A personal companion or private caregiver has access to your home, property, and bankbook. Is she/he always honest? Who will be checking on her/him? Before hiring, be sure to perform a thorough background check, including criminal records, driving history, insurance claims, and medical or state licensure and knowledge; then supervise frequently. Tax Requirements When hiring a private caregiver/companion, the employer is responsible for social security taxes, Medicare, unemployment compensation, workers compensation, withholding payroll taxes, and completing the government reporting forms. Private employees seldom complain about lack of tax reporting and payment until they terminate. Then they file a complaint that their employer failed to pay their social security or overtime. In some cases, they may choose to sue the estate of a client who has recently passed away because payroll taxes were not withheld or properly reported to the IRS. Personal Liability If a private caregiver claims injury for a sprained back or an auto accident while shopping for groceries, failure to provide workers compensation can leave the employer vulnerable to a law suit for hospital costs, injuries, lost wages, and damages—costly enough to bankrupt even the wealthiest employer
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