As mom and dad age, many patients and their families are turning to local in home caregivers. Unlike nursing homes and assisted living facilities, in home senior caregivers can offer both sterling care and a high level of independence.
But not all in-home caregivers are the same. Many families turn to independent caregivers, which carry a high level of risk.
Potential Dangers of Independent Caregivers
Independent caregivers may provide good care, and many families are drawn to them thanks to their low rates. But like many things, you and your mom and dad may get what you pay for.
Independent caregivers do not undergo criminal background checks or other vouching from an agency. They may not even carry a CNA certification or other credential, and may even lie about their credentials or history. In many jurisdictions, anyone can bill themselves as an independent caregiver.
As a result, many independent caregivers engage in unprofessional conduct. They may become unreliable, showing up late to provide essential care, or even not showing up at all. And while their rates may seem low at first, they may raise their rates considerably once a family has become dependent on their services.
As you might imagine, these situations can vary from frustrating at best, to tragic at worst. Your mom and dad’s health and care are important, and paying a little extra for a home agency caregiver in Atlanta can provide additional safety and peace of mind.
Trust in an Agency
A home caregiver agency like Angel Companions carefully vets its staff. To be employed with the agency, all staff must pass a criminal background check. They must also hold a CNA certification, and any lying or misrepresentation of their credentials or experience may be grounds for termination.
Both punctuality and reliability are vitally important to home caregiver agencies and their staff. And all rates are carefully communicated and negotiated in advance. All of this adds up to a much safer and more reliable caregiver experience for mom and dad, with no unpleasant surprises.
In-home care is the best option for many patients, but independent caregivers can be a mixed bag. By putting your trust in an in home elderly caregiver agency like Angel Companions, you can assure high-quality care for yourself or your mom and dad, without any of the risk.
Angel Companions Senior Care delivers in home elderly care services to all 27 metro Atlanta counties including the cities of Virginia Highlands, Decatur, Smyrna, East Cobb, Marietta & more. If you have any questions please use our contact page form or call us today at 770-579-5000!