The Tasks Of a Home Care Aide
Elderly people, or those with a serious disability or illness often need help with everyday tasks such as cooking, shopping, bathing and ironing, and a home care aide is responsible for providing this assistance. The aide, or home care assistant, also helps with vacuuming, cleaning, mopping and other basic household chores. Helping to care for pets and taking their patients to appointments are also typical responsibilities, although many aides find that their biggest responsibility is simply providing companionship.
Should You Hire Privately or Through An Agency or Registry?
It makes sense to hire a home aide by using the services of an agency or registry, even though it can be tempting to bypass the agency to save money. The employer is considered to be the person or agency that actually pays the aide’s salary, and they have all the responsibilities that any other employer has.
Another reason to hire an aide through an agency is to ensure that the cost of any medical expenses will be covered by the agency/registry if the aide becomes injured while working. Many of the tasks required of the aide are potentially difficult and strenuous and can often lead to an injury, such as lifting or moving the patient, perhaps in and out of the bed or a bath. An agency/registry may also be required to pay the costs of disability payments and / or workers’ compensation, as well as covering the costs of medical treatment. An agency can be fined if they aren’t registered with the government as an employer.
Often, a home care aide who has been working with the same patient for a long time quits the job and applies for unemployment insurance. As a client, you run the risk of paying unemployment taxes and back taxes, if the aide’s unemployment taxes haven’t been paid, another reason to use an agency or registry.
The above won’t be an issue if the aide is classified as a self employed independent contractor, and some aides make sure they do everything correctly. However, not all home care aides are responsible and thorough, and most clients simply don’t have time to monitor their aide to make sure they are correctly retaining independent contractor status.
Agencies and registries are required to stay in compliance with the various local and state regulations imposed on their industry, meaning that working through an agency or registry minimizes the chances of running into problems. Of course, you want your loved one to receive the best possible service, and working through a professional service will also help to ensure that the client’s needs are consistently being met. Aides working for a service will have a supervisor, and are able to get immediate assistance with any issues. Home care agencies and registries also carry out FBI background checks before hiring a home care aide, something that most of us don’t have the inclination to do. These checks ensure that home care aides are honest, trustworthy and hard working, and the chances of hiring someone unreliable are kept to a minimum.
An agency/registry is also able to provide backup if one of their aides is sick or simply can’t make it to work on a given day. This ensures that an infirm or older person will always have the help they need, and is another good reason to use an agency.
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