Quality In-Home Care as a Consumer Protection Issue

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Choosing a quality in-home care provider can seem like a daunting task. And when it comes to inviting a caregiver into a home, you want to make sure you are making the safest choice. Visiting Angels in the Sunnyvale and Fremont areas would like to assist in educating those in our community about the risks and liabilities associated with hiring an independent caregiver through an advertisement or through a home care registry.

Below are educational resources that can help you understand why choosing home care through a reputable in-home care agency such as Visiting Angels that employs and screens their caregivers is a safer option for your clients and loved ones.

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The Accidental Employer: Obligations of Trusts/Trustees When Using Placement Agencies to Meet Trust Obligations
Downloadable educational article available from NPDA explains and details what the necessary requirements are when using placement agencies to meet trust obligations. This is a trusted source.

Hiring a Caregiver Can Be Taxing
Article available on Kiplinger.com outlines various financial and legal risks possible when people decide to hire care providers for loved ones themselves.

Safe at Home? Research Report
The AARP’s Public Policy Institute issued a report focusing on federal and state approaches to background check screening of home care workers to protect vulnerable adults from harm. The full and brief reports are available to download.

Do You Have a Household Employee? Independent Contractor Information
The IRS provides detailed information about legally employing an independent contractor to work within a home setting.

National Private Duty Association Position Paper
An article on the issues with hiring independent contractors from the National Private Duty Association. Note that this is a trusted source.

Hiring a Caregiver for In-Home Help
Caring.com provides some applicable strategies and helpful hints for finding the right person or service to care for loved ones in their homes.

Choosing In-Home Care
Parentgiving.com offers useful advice for weighing available in-home care options in this informative article.