Hiring Home Care – Pt. 3 of 3
What are some key issues to deal with if you are hiring help for home health care directly and not through an agency?
The following are some suggestions from Becky Eizen of Feinberg Consulting, Inc:
- Screen all applicants carefully.
- Ask for identification and check references.
- Be sure that the home care worker has the necessary qualifications and/or training.
- Ask to see training certificates, particularly if your loved one has special medical needs, such as insulin injections.
- If your loved one needs to be transferred from a wheelchair, make certain that the aide knows how to do this safely.
- If the prospective aide does not know how to bathe a person in bed or perform safe transfers (but seems to be otherwise qualified) he or she can be trained.
- If your loved one needs round-the-clock care, you might consider hiring live-in help. In exchange for food and board, these aides usually will work for less than aides who come in for only a few hours.
- Check with your insurance company about coverage for a full-time home care worker, and contact the appropriate agencies concerning social security taxes, unemployment insurance, and workmen’s compensation. If you don’t want to deal with these complicated withholdings on your own, accountants and companies that specialize in payrolls can perform these functions for you.
- If public transportation isn’t available and your loved one isn’t eligible for free or low-cost transportation, try to hire someone who drives, since this can save you substantial amounts of money in taxi or commercial van ride fares. If the home care worker is going to drive your car, be sure to check with your insurance company concerning any limitations on your policy.
These are some key issues that you should consider if you are about to hire a home care worker on your own.
About the Author
Henry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.
He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.
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