I just found this forum and I have a question for you wonderful people. I'm the only one who takes care of mom. Long story, but my brother and 3 sisters will not.
I'm thinking of getting mom some outside caregiver help. I have talked to people here and there and am not liking what I hear. I guess good help is hard to find.
Mom probably needs someone 4-6 hours daily. She is 86, had a bad hip surgery result. Walks with a walker a little. She takes eye drops , a BP pill and vitamins. She needs some grocery shopping assistance. Some doctor apt rides. She bathes herself. Some cooking and condo cleaning would be needed.
What kind of help do I need? CNA? HHA? a caregiver?
I'm not comfortable myself hiring someone off the street, or should I?
I have specific questions about homecare agencies:
1. Will they send someone to assess her to determine what type of help she needs?
2. Do the agencies send me someone already interviewed and background checked so I can hire them? Does that cost money up front like a couple of hundred dollars for their human resources part? Then I hire them for what the caregiver and I negotiate?
2. Do they only send me people where they upcharge per hour, example they charge me 20/hr, but pay the caregiver 10/hr? That's what I've read somewhere.
3. How do caregivers get paid by an agency? Are all taxes taken out or are the caregivers like independent contractors getting a 1099 form?
4. If I directly hire a caregiver, how do I pay them? I don't know how to do payroll, so I would have to pay a simple check and let them pay all the taxes ;)
5. What if they don't work out? How many will they send me? What will it cost me?
6. Who covers if they get sick?
7. Who pays if they get hurt? Homeowners ins?
Before I call any agencies, I would love your input. My mom doesn't qualify for any Medicaid, but falls just above the poverty income line.