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What are your thoughts about hiring an undocumented foreign national to care for my parents?

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I agree with the above, I would not do it. It is illegal and will probably cost more hassle than it is worth.
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I would not do it. If you hire them, they will become documented because you will be require by law to give them a 1099 each year. Not only would I not hire them, but I would not hire anyone not bounded by some organization which would include even relatives.
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Even with an agency you can get a bad aide we had a male aide that was not willing to give my husband a complete bath-I had to finish up while he was on his cell phone and we had one great aide from the nursing home he had been in and one really bad one so it depends but I would only use an agency CNA to protect yourself if my husband had lived.
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Doing so would make you an accessory to a crime. Beyond that, while many of these individuals may very well provide compassionate and committed care, you would never know until you actually hired them and observed their work. I vote a resounding "no" to hireing undocumented international caregivers.
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Besides they are suppose to be reported. I couldn't do it but that is what they say.
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I wouldn't do it either there are all kinds of tax situations you could get yourself into and perhaps jail time and it won't be the country club that the politicians get sentenced to. I am sure you can find someone who is legal to do this and do a fine job as well.
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I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. IF our sweet govenment finds out you could go to jail too or be given a large amount of money to pay.
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When in doubt, don't. Lots of good advice here. You'd be wise to follow it the precautions, and stay on the up and up. Why take chances? The right way is the best way, and better to do things legally. Take care, and walk circimspectly.
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I am looking to assist family members- see post -CARE GIVING DETAILS. I have struggle with caring for a parent and it works better with a support team.
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I would not do it. It is illegal. Aside from that fact, the ramifications of and potential difficulties could work against you, as already mentioned.
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Now you want to be an accessory to an illegal act?? Stay away from the illegals. When things go well, all might be fine, but have a single "problem" and you'll be VERY sorry.

Jim
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I can only give you our experience with my 89 y.o.aunt in a nursing home in a border town. The family hired four undocumented Mexican ladies for $50 a 10 hour shift. They are the most professional, caring and devoted aides imaginable. I know this is not legal, but desperation led us to this action and we bless our lucky stars to have found them as they are able to care for her 24/7 and to give her the personal attention that she needs aside from the minimal care given by the overworked nursing staff of the facility.

At first we kept a very close eye on the care they were giving and one gets a gut feeling if the person is honest, caring and competent, plus our aunt was able to give us feedback as well.
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I would wonder about communications between your parents and the worker. Does the worker speak good English and/or do your parents speak the worker's language? Also, what happens if there is an emergency with your parents? Would the worker be willing to call 911 or be too worried about the authorities?
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I wouldn't do it....unless they were related. There must be lots of others who would willingly do the job.
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