Before you consider a lower-priced provider of non-medical home care services for your aging parent or loved one, many factors should be considered. If you are hiring a "private caregiver" on your own, there are significant risks, responsibilities, and requirements that you will need to manage—that will cost time and money.
As the official "Employer" of an independent caregiver, you should consider the following issues:
IRS requires withholdings and taxes must be reported and paid, including Social Security, Medicare, State, and Federal unemployment taxes
For the tax year, a Schedule H and a W-2 must be completed and remain on record for your caregiver
Verification in the form of an I-9 must be completed to acknowledge your caregiver is legally eligible to work in the U.S.
What about a criminal background check in all 50 states? It's a significant cost that should not be skipped
Drug screen before hiring? Another cost, but is a must to ensure your loved one's safety
Employment verification check, to ensure no past problems with your caregiver's work ethic
TB, Hepatitis B and a physical clearance from their physician is another precaution to keep your loved one safe
Liability insurance in place to cover possible theft in the home
At SYNERGY HomeCare of North Seattle, we take care of all the responsibilities and requirements so that you can be worry-free to focus on supporting your loved one. We have qualified and compassionate caregivers ready and available to provide all levels of care — companion, personal, homemaker, transportation, or whatever you may need. We are experienced, professional, and responsive. Our compassionate ♥ caregivers treat your loved one like family.