These days there are many options for quality in-home care for your elderly loved one. There is on option, however, that can pose many risks. A private caregiver is someone who does not work for an in-home care agency.
Hiring a private caregiver can often times seem like a convenient and less expensive way to provide care for an elderly person. These caregivers are often a friend of the family and can happen by chance. It is not until later on down the road that problems occur.
It can take a lot of time and effort to sort through online adds looking for the right person.
While there are many people out there that can provide excellent care, it can be very difficult to luck into someone that can provide that type of care that your loved one deserves who are in the private sector.
Personal Liability with a Private Caregiver
A major consideration is that private caregivers do not pay for insurance such as liability or workman’s compensation. Neither are they bonded.
All of these insurances together protect the family against theft, property damage, exploitation and personal injury that is incurred by the private caregiver.
Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah in St. George is licensed, bonded and insured. All of our caregivers are certified.
When hiring a private caregiver, it can be hard to know if that person is legal to work in the United States. No background check has been conducted to screen for prior police records and no drug test has been administered.
At Golden Heart Senior Care in St. George Utah, all of our caregivers go through extensive background checks and are drug tested.
Things to Consider
Before hiring a private caregiver thinking that it will save money, below is a list of things to consider:
- Time and effort spent in interviewing private caregivers
- Expense involved when you have to personally fill in when they can’t be there
- Insurance costs to protect yourself and your loved one
- Costs of training
The list of expenses can go on and on. You’ve heard it before, “you get what you pay for”. This could not be more true when it comes to in-home care.
If you have ever been in the situation of having to interview and hire an individual, you know that you can easily be fooled. The person may be very well dressed and groomed. They can say all the right things. You can have that feeling of “this is the right person”.
Unfortunately, there are people out there that know they can pass an interview but they may have a criminal background. They may not have all of the formal training and certifications. They use their smooth talking and manners to their advantage.
At Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah, we take all of the guessing out of it for you. As mentioned above, all of our caregivers are drug tested and background checked. They are formally trained and certified. We are licensed, bonded and insured. We can provide comprehensive in-home care including companionship care, memory care, complex home care, light housekeeping, meal prep and planning and much more.
Contact us today at (435) 669-3704 to find out how we can help you and your loved one.
You’r in good hands with Golden Heart!