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What Is The Most Important Question When Choosing An Agency?

How trained is the caregiver? What services does the agency provide? Do the caregivers belong to an agency or are they independent contractors? These are just some of the questions that loom over the decision-makers head when deciding on an agency. However, the most important question that you need to address right off the bat is whether they are independent contractors or direct employees. The question has more weight than you can imagine, as it can really affect the outcome of a good caregiver.

What are Independent Contractors?

Independent contractors are volunteers that assist the elderly by caring for them in their time of need. The elderly are at an age where they are only able to do limited number of things by themselves. To help them get back on their feet, most adult children hire caregivers to assist them. 

However, choosing independent contractors only puts more strain on the elderly, as they become responsible for them. Your parents become accountable for paying an independent caregiver’s payroll taxes, which is something many fail to disclose at first. Furthermore, finding a trained caregiver is difficult; and you may not know the qualities to look for or to avoid. For these reasons, as well as many others, it is better to go with an agency instead.

What are Direct Employees?

When you hire a caregiver from an agency, rest assured that your parents will be in good hands. Professional care-giving agencies conduct a thorough check on the aides they hire. After hiring them, the agency furthers their training and prepares them to take care of your parents. 

On top of that, agencies provide their employees with full coverage, which includes unemployment benefits, general liability, worker’s compensation, and malpractice insurance. Your parents will have a sense of inner peace when being looked after by a caregiver who is employed by an agency. 

If you are looking for a caregiver for your parents, call us, as we perform systematic background checks, provide additional training, and make sure that you are not liable to pay for employee coverage. 

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At Allegiance Home Health and Rehab, “We pledge our allegiance to you.” We provide your loved ones with services custom designed to fit their individual needs. Our trained caregivers fully comprehend the condition and personality of the patient, providing them options to choose from various activities that include going on short walks, reading to them, and accompanying them when they leave the safety of their home. 

If you are interested in hiring an aide for your mother or father, you can call us right away for a consultation. Sign up for our free Newsletter and receive an exclusive report on “Suggestions for Successful Home Care Placement.” We look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day!

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