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3470 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 860, Los Angeles, CA 90010
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Find out why you should Hire from Care World Home Care… The services we offer are provided by caregivers who are often referred to as home health aides, certified nursing assistants and custodial care workers. Our caregivers make it possible for people with functional limitations to remain at home in a comfortable, familiar environment. Home health aides provide a wide range of assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, grooming, assisting with ambulation or transferring, toileting, feeding and providing medication reminders. In addition, home health aides help with what professionals call, instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), such as shopping, meal preparation, making medical appointments, transportation, laundry and companionship.
Due to the cost and the increasing shortage of home health aides, many families seeking to hire in-home staff turn to private individuals rather than working through an agency. While at first glance this seems reasonable, it can also cause numerous problems and create unexpected liabilities for the family, who becomes the employer.
As a private employer, the individual or family is required to pay Social Security, unemployment and payroll taxes. This can be a serious obligation because it may involve interest on back taxes, civil fines and the possibility of criminal penalties.
Workers’ Compensation and Liability Issues
As the employer, the individual or family paying for the private home health aide would be held liable for any work-related injury that occurs on the job. This can include the cost of all medical expenses and any disability payments that might become applicable. Since the home-care industry is noted for work-related injuries, this can be a huge risk, especially if the caregiving tasks include lifting, transferring or bathing. There are also risks related to communicable diseases if the aide does not abide by universal precautions that are required by all licensed agency personnel. Furthermore, the employer retains any liability that arises out of an injury to the person being cared for or any other person on the premises. If the home health aide were to cause an accident, for example, in which other family members suffered any harm or losses, the employer would bear the full responsibility for all costs and compensation.
Abuse and Exploitation
Unfortunately, there is the potential for both physical abuse and financial exploitation when work is being done on behalf of a frail, functionally limited, and often cognitively impaired individual. This becomes especially easy when the aide and the recipient of care are isolated in a private home setting with little or no supervision. Families don’t fail to provide supervision out of malicious neglect. Supervision is often difficult because of geographic distance, lack of expertise, or the close emotional bonds that often get established between the aide and the person receiving the care. Furthermore, families often do not have the time or the resources to do criminal background checks, or to contact references, if they even think to ask for references. Sometimes families are so grateful for the care provided by an aide that they are also vulnerable to manipulation and exploitation.
Hiring Private Duty Home Care Workers:
Why Work through an Agency?
CARE WORLD HOME CARE IS BONDED, INSURED, CONDUCTS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK, TAKES CARE OF THE TAX ISSUES AND PAYROLL.
Agency difficult relationship issues. Providing supervision is often as important for the aide as it is for the family. Home health aides often work with very challenging situations in the isolation of the private home situation. There are often issues of different cultural and faith traditions, different expectations about personal schedules, eating preferences and expectations. An agency supervisor can help to clarify the roles of the home health aide, and the expectations of both worker and care recipient. In situations in which there are personality issues because of cognitive changes or a history of challenging relationships, the agency supervisor is available to provide guidance and support to both staff and care recipient. Case Example: Mr. B lost his wife who had cared for him for over 60 years. He needed help with shopping, meal preparation, transportation and an appropriate selection of clothing. His family had hired many aides on his behalf. It seemed that Mr. B would fire every aide after only a few days, always stating that they didn’t know how to do anything right. When Mr. B came to us, the homecare supervisor spent time talking with him about his needs and expectations. She learned that Mr. B was unhappy because none of the aides did things the way his wife had done them and this made him feel uncomfortable in his own home. The supervisor explained that everyone had different ways of keeping house. Mr. B was amazed because he thought that all women learned the same routines. Having realized this, the nurse spent more time with Mr. B to find out what was happening that was different from what his wife had done. By going through the daily routine and learning about Mr. B’s expectations, the supervisor was able to provide clarification to the aide and the first one placed in the home was able to be successful and have a multiyear relationship with Mr. B.
Insurances Accepted for Non-Medical Home Care at Care World Home Care Agency
At Care World Home Care Agency we accept most insurances and payments via out-of-pocket or private funds.
To arrange for payment or billing options, please call 800-418-8576.