When you are shopping for Senior Care, lowest price doesn’t necessarily mean that you got a great deal. Ask yourself the following questions: At this price point, what type of caregiver am I going to get? what type of support will I get from the agency I am hiring? will I be liable If the caregiver is injured while in my house? will my loved one receive the quality service needed? Is it worth the risk to expose the health and safety of my loved one and even my belongings because of a bargain price?
The back office of a quality Home Senior Care agency performs many tasks to ensure that you will be opening the door to reliable, professional and honest caregivers and that your loved one will receive quality service. Off course, there is a cost associated with all these tasks performed in the background, and people who recognize the importance of this are willing to pay a couple extra dollars for their peace of mind.
Many people decide to hire directly a Home Health Aide (HHA) or a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) trying to save some money by eliminating the middle man, in this case, the senior care agency. This is a good practice if you are 100% sure about the following: This person has a clean driving record, does not have any criminal record, is legally eligible to work in this country, have their certifications current, has the required vaccines current, holds a general liability insurance, holds a worker’s insurance in case of injury while in your house. And the list goes on…
With this said, do your research and be skeptic of very attractive prices, and make sure you are paying a fair price for the quality senior care service you are expecting.