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Can You Protect Your Mom When Hiring an Independent Caregiver?

Home Care for Seniors in Honolulu HI

You never thought this day would come. Your mother is having difficulty staying safe and keeping up with housework. She’s in her 80s and while you’ve done whatever you can to help out, your Home-Care-for-Seniors-in-Honolulu-HItime is limited. You’ve talked to her about hiring a home care aide and after some resistance she finally admitted this would be a good option.

After all, she doesn’t want you to continue struggling in your own life; she wants the best for you, just as you want the best for her.

Now you’ve got a choice: hire an independent caregiver or somebody through an agency.

This is a major choice a lot of family members have to face at some point in time when they realize home care is absolutely necessary. There is a significant difference between hiring an independent caregiver and choosing an agency to provide home care support.

What is an independent caregiver?

At its basic core an independent caregiver is someone who works for themselves and not an agency. They may place ads for people to respond to or respond to ads directly. They may or may not have references and it is incumbent upon the person hiring to check out their work history, background, and more.

So can you protect your mother when hiring an independent caregiver?

Let’s consider some of the things many home care agencies do when hiring caregivers. They conduct an intensive interview process. They ask specific, pointed questions that are engineered to elicit truthful responses. They also check references, including work history. If a person claims to have experience in the field, that should be easily verifiable with the references they put down in their resume.

Increasing numbers of agencies across the country are also conducting background checks on all potential employees. These background checks would likely highlight any criminal history or risk factors.

When hiring an independent caregiver, the person hiring this caregiver will be responsible for all of these aspects. It’s not always feasible or cost-effective for someone to do these on their own.

So what’s the solution?

The best thing you could do for your mother, once she’s agreed to home care support, is to hire through an agency.

Have questions about home care for seniors in Honolulu, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today.  Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!


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Jermie Chadwick

Jermie graduated with her nursing degree from Ateneo De Davao University. Jermie has a compassionate nature, being raised by her Grandparents and Aunt who instilled in her respect for elders, as well as the “golden rule” to help others is priority. Jermie worked for many years with two of the leading Health Care Agencies in Hawaii and received many accolades from both the companies and the clients. During this time she expanded upon her extensive health care training and knowledge, by gaining vast practical experience. Today Jermie’s skills and experience are utilized in her oversight of all aspects of care provided by All Care Hawaii, assuring that the company she founded remains consistently committed to the best care for others and responsive to all client’s needs.

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