EDUCATING IN-HOME PERSONAL CARE CONSUMERS
The needs and demands of consumers requiring in-home personal care services has never been greater. With 9 out of 10 consumers prefer to age in their home rather than seek institutional care, the need to safeguard and protect this vulnerable population has never been more critical. Most of these care recipients pay for these services out-of-pocket, using available disposable income to hire the care they need in their home. Faced with a growing and sometimes bewildering number of choices, consumers, social workers and other healthcare professionals often choose the cheapest price for care without understanding the implications of their decision.
Many families are hiring caregivers from registries/independent contractors that do not employ or supervise their workers, but merely “place” them in home care settings. Some consumers are hiring caregivers on a private pay basis without realizing the risks and liabilities they are undertaking. In both situations, the care recipient and/or their family is now responsible for wages, taxes, and bears the risk and liability if a caregiver is injured while providing care. Registries/independent contractors often don’t communicate to the caregiver and consumer that this arrangement could result in an employee-employer relationship between the caregiver and the care recipient. Because of this, both the caregiver and consumer can suffer significant financial liabilities. If consumers engage an employee based home care agency the agency assumes all of these risks rather than the care recipient or family.
Our mission at the Safe Home Care Initiative is to educate consumers of in-home personal care services and those healthcare professionals referring these services, so they can make an informed decision that is in the best interest of the care recipient and their family.