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Hiring a Friend to be Caregiver

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This article gives an example of the potential tragic outcome of hiring a caregiver privately for an elder. The appeal of hiring a neighbor, friend, or even an acquaintance can be tempting for several reasons:

  • Cost savings. A caregiver who does not work for an agency can make more and charge the consumer less. The cost savings can be significant. Hiring a caregiver from an agency is expensive.
  • It can seem easier: By hiring someone that is “recommended” you don’t have to search for a reliable agency to fill that need.
  • An unscrupulous caregiver can give the appearance of being trustworthy and available.

I never recommend hiring someone off the street to care for an older person,however I do know of families that have hired a friend and the situation has gone well.  If you do decide to hire someone through an ad, or as a recommendation from someone,  be aware that if things do go badly you are on your own to try and prosecute and recoup lost personal items, or money. A price cannot be placed on the consequences of neglect or even abuse.

Hire a caregiver from an agency and have have much greater peace of mind. Certainly a personal care agency caregiver may not be without problems, but at least there is some recourse if things go badly.

Let us know your story with hired caregivers, either from a private duty agency, an ad, a friend or neighbor, or even one of the ever growing on line services like care.com.

Source: Susie From Church: Take Caution When Hiring Someone to Sit With an Elder | WKMS

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