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In-Home Caregivers

November 9, 2021

Are you or a loved one in need of help with personal care? An in-home PCS caregiver could be the perfect solution to the dilemma. The primary purpose of in-home care is to ensure individuals can live safely in their own homes. In addition, the services can be used for those who need assistance while aging, people who have a disability, or those who need help after a medical procedure.


What Is In-Home Care?


In-home care is a service where someone comes into your home to care for you or a loved one. It allows people to get the day-to-day care they need to maintain an excellent quality of life. In-home care helps maintain dignity and can be less expensive than other forms of care.


Why Would One Need In-Home Care?


There are a bevy of reasons to consider in-home care. The professionals who work in-home care can help with each of the needs mentioned below:


·         Personal care: eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, and grooming

·         Household care: cleaning, shopping, cooking, and laundry

·         Health care: physical therapy, physician’s appointments, and medication management

·         Emotional care: conversation, meaningful activities, and companionship


How Do I Access In-Home Care?


The main decision you will need to make is whether to select a home care agency or a private hire. Both have pros and cons, but one may work better in certain situations.


Home Care Agency


When you choose a home care agency, there are several things to consider. The best agency will meet all the criteria listed below:


·         Licensed by the state (most states require licensing to operate a home care agency)

·         Extensive experience (ask how long they have been in business

·         Insured and licensed (request to see proof of this)

·         Trained, monitored, and supervised (ask questions about how these things are done)


In addition to asking questions and checking on credentials, you should also ask for a bundle of information. This should delve into the agency’s fees, services, and include a set of references. This allows you to examine the report before meeting face-to-face with a representative of the agency.


Private Hire


Hiring a private individual is more informal and has more responsibility for you. You’ll need to find the person on your own and deal with all the complicated aspects of being an employer. Attendants can be found through word of mouth with friends, family, or people in the community. Some of these professionals also list their information on bulletin boards in community spaces or forums online.


Pros and Cons of a Home Care Agency




·         Taxes, screening, hiring, and firing are overseen by the agency.

·         It offers attendants with many skills and a match with a team member who can deliver the help or care needed.

·         An agency is capable of accommodating varying schedules that may be unpredictable or inconsistent.

·         If workers are on vacation or sick, the agency provides a substitute.

·         If the employee is not the right fit, an alternate can be sent.

·         Agencies can help resolve disputes between you and an attendant.

·         This care is often included in long-term insurance.




·         More than one employee may be scheduled if work hours are not reliable, leading to a need to adjust and orient multiple people.

·         There may be more team turnover.

·         There may be limits or extra charges for some tasks.

·         It’s usually more pricey than private hire.


Pros and Cons of a Private Hire



·         You select the one you want, screen them, and act as boss.

·         There’s additional flexibility in which tasks can be accomplished.

·         It’s often less costly than using an agency

·         It presents an occasion to develop a long-term relationship.




·         If the employee is sick, you must find alternative help.

·         You’re responsible for employer tasks, including employee disputes, insurance, taxes, payroll, firing, and hiring.

·         It may not be included in long-term care insurance.


Questions to Ask When Interviewing an In-Home Caregiver


One of the most critical parts of the process is the interview. This gives you insight into whether someone is suitable for the job. Below are several questions to ask during the initial interview:


·         Tell me a bit about yourself

·         Why are you attracted to this position?

·         Where have you worked before?

·         What were your responsibilities? (Include a job description for the position)

·         What is your preferred type of client?

·         What pushes your buttons?

·         Are you uneasy doing anything in the job description?

·         How do you manage someone with memory problems? (Ask for an example)

·         Explain your experience making meals for others.

·         How do you manage people who are fearful, stubborn, or angry?

·         Do you have a vehicle? Would you favor driving your own or our car for transporting? (Ask to see a driver’s license and proof of insurance)

·         What knowledge do you have transferring someone from a chair or bed into a wheelchair?

·         What is your accessibility in terms of days and hours?

·         Can you offer two work-related and one personal reference?

·         Do you have documentation that verifies you can work in this country? (Ask to see it to make a copy for your records)


Important Elements to Include in a Contract


If you need to create your own contract for in-home care, there are several elements to include. Make sure each of the following is in the contract:


·         A detailed description of the job

·         Information about the schedule and required hours

·         The pay rate and when payment will be made

·         Any other items you agreed upon when interviewing the candidate


How Can In-Home Caregivers Be Paid?


There are several ways to pay for an in-home caregiver. The most common include Medicaid, long-term insurance, private pay, workers’ compensation, or veteran benefits. The way you choose to pay will depend on your needs and available options. Consider all the payment options when selecting the right one for your situation.


Remember that once you choose an in-home care provider, you need to communicate for the best results. Schedule times to get together and discuss changes, concerns, and problems. Having a high level of trust is the best way to build a relationship with this person who is aiding you in your everyday life.