Risks of Hiring a Caregiver on Your Own

Does your elderly parent live independently?  Are they beginning to require help with daily activities?  Are you constantly worried about their safety at home?  If you’ve answered yes to these questions, your elderly parent or loved one may require assistance from a professional caregiver. When looking to hire professional Scottsdale caregivers, you typically have two options:  hire a caregiver on your own or find a caregiver through a certified agency.  While many believe hiring a caregiver privately will result in benefits such as reduced costs, there are other risks that need to be considered.

One of the risks of hiring a caregiver on your own is they may not be qualified to adequately care for your elderly parent or loved one.  Although they have a strong resume and some references, you most likely won’t have the tools to appropriately verify their credentials.  When you choose to hire a caregiver through a local, Scottsdale home care agency, the individuals will be pre-screened and checked for you.  Reputable home care agencies will have conducted a thorough background check to ensure their caregivers are capable of providing a high level of care.

Another risk of hiring a caregiver is dependability.  If you hire a caregiver privately, you can’t guarantee they will be available for the specific times and dates your loved one may need them.  In addition, if the caregiver you hire is ill or is unable to provide care on a certain day, there is no back-up plan.  When hiring with a home care agency, your loved one benefits from the availability of their caregivers.  Agencies employ reliable and professional caregivers who are available at various times throughout the day or the week.  They offer flexible scheduling and convenience that an individual caregiver may not be able to provide. 

Another issue that may arise when hiring a caregiver on your own involves the cost of care.  When you first hire a caregiver, the scope of care may simply include help with activities of daily living and transportation.  However, it is common for a senior to require additional care or help over time.  Some caregivers may feel the need to renegotiate their salary to meet the increased level of care that is required.  Caregivers who work with agencies have a salary that is negotiated by the agency and will be able to provide senior care services to meet the needs of their client. 

If your loved one is in search of a caregiver, contact Scottsdale Home Care Assistance today.  We are the preferred provider of in-home care with a staff of caregivers who are expertly trained and certified in caring for seniors.  Our caregivers undergo a rigorous screening process and are given continuous education on the latest developments in elder care.  We offer care on an hourly or live-in basis, as well as specialty care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or who have recently suffered from a stroke.  For more information, visit our website at www.homecareassistancescottsdale.com.