Consumer health is rife with situations that force you into decision-making quandaries. When it comes to home care, for example, consumers must determine where they should turn for services. While you might be able to take on home-care duties for a loved one if you have the time and energy, most shoppers will turn to outside sources; one option is to scan resumes and hire aids yourself. Doing so means you will miss out on the advantages an agency provides. The following overview may convince you that an agency can be the right home-care option in most circumstances.
Meeting Every Need
Perhaps the single greatest advantage of using agencies is the specialty pipeline they offer. Agencies can meet every need that arises by having on tap personnel in categories ranging from general care to nursing assistance. They also have the organizational resources to structure workloads appropriately. This absolves you from having to act as a contractor who must organize schedules and create solutions when your contracted hires are unable to show up for a shift.
In fact, agencies generally have the resources to cover every contingency that come to light. Most importantly, they vet and employ usually reliable professionals. When you do the hiring yourself instead, you never know whether your hiree will have the mindset or disposition to remain on the job when the going gets tough. Nor can you depend on your nursing aid being available when emergency medical situations arise.
Standout agencies will employ workers who meet rigid industry standards. In other words, you should expect that you will receive support from certified nursing professionals and patient care associates. This professionalism means that those interacting with your loved one will perform their duties in a manner that ensures their health and safety and will know when the time may come to reach out to physicians or health-care facilities.
Providing Financial Peace-of-Mind
If you act as the employer, be prepared to assume all the financial burdens inherent to that position:
- Paying payroll taxes and workers compensation costs
- Providing supplies and equipment
- Obtaining liability insurance
Otherwise, you can expect the home-care agency to cover all these areas. This benefit makes sense if you have little or no background running a business.
Both temporary and long-term home-care situations can be stressful. If you are responsible for a family member who has that need, taking on the role can be extraordinarily challenging. Employing the services of a home care agency can ease your burden and help you support your loved one to the greatest extent possible.