Why Use an Agency?
As the number of people who need some sort of help to remain at home grows rapidly private caregivers have become more common. You can look in the classifieds of any newspaper and find ads for services ranging from homemaking to full time companions. Why not choose one of these private individuals for your care instead of a licensed agency? After all, private individuals do seem less expensive.
Let me provide some examples as to why choosing a reputable, licensed agency is in your best interest. First, you are protected by state and federal regulations regarding hiring, training, and supervision which an agency must comply with in order to operate. Most states, Indiana included, require a criminal background report on any employee who’s job requires them to enter your home. All you have to do is watch the evening news to see how important that is.
Second, by employing an agency you eliminate the headaches associated with employee selection, scheduling, payroll taxes, and loss bonding. Finally, by retaining a certified agency you may avail yourself of several forms of payment which, if you qualify, could reduce your out of pocket expenses dramatically. If you are like most budgeting is important and you won’t want to pay 100% of the bill if you are entitled to some financial help. For these reasons and many more, when you need assistance in the home your best bet is a licensed home care agency.