What to know before you hire a caregiver
Common questions and answers when you decide to hire a caregiver for a senior requiring assistance
Number #1 Question: Can I have the same benefits hiring a private caregiver as I would using a home care agency?
When you buy and download the Hire a Private Caregiver Package you will receive templates to give to your private caregiver to use. This will allow you to find the caregiver you want, but leave them in control of paying themselves, pay taxes, invoice you, and provide you with a yearly receipt for their services. Often times home care agencies will bring up the advantages they have over hiring privately. The truth is, with a little effort and the help from our guide and templates, your new caregiver will be able to provide everything an agency does. They can even sort out finding a backup private caregiver in the event that they can not be present for a shift.
Can a private caregiver handle payroll and taxes?
Caregivers can easily hire an accountant service that will prepare paychecks and appropriate withholding taxes for a fee. The accountant can also handle all of the year end financials. All your caregiver has to do is keep his/her month to month paperwork in order each month (invoices, expenses, reimbursements, marketing, and gas mileage). When a caregiver takes on this task, it removes a logistical burden off family members of seniors, or seniors themselves.
Most local homecare agencies will try to make you believe that you will have this hugely inconvenient hassle of accounting and extra paperwork on your hands, but in fact this can be handled by the private caregiver at their expense. It is important to remember that a private caregiver is paid more than an agency employed caregiver, so this is a cost that they are or should be willing to cover. If they want the position they will do what is necessary to make the financial aspect of the job easy for you.
Private caregivers supervises himself or herself and reports directly to the person who is charge of the senior’s care. She/He is also responsible for filling out their own social security/social insurance, and Medicare payments and purchasing their own insurance policies.
How do I protect assets that belong to my senior loved one(s)?
Accidents are not uncommon in the caregiving industry. If you were hiring a private caregiver on your own, verify with your renters or homeowners insurance about coverage for “household employees” in case of an accident.
If a private caregiver will be driving your family car, you will need to provide a copy of your caregivers drivers license to your current insurance agent. If the caregiver has a car, discuss the financial cost to use of his/her car on the job, as well as insurance coverage for transporting seniors.
Templates included in download:
- Hire a caregiver checklist
- Caregiver employment application form
- Caregiver job description form
- Senior care information form
- Caregiver employment agreement (Long form)
- Caregiver employment contract (Short form)
- Pre-interview questionnaire
- Caregiver interview questionnaire
- Reference check questionnaire
- Caregiver sample job post
- Daily care journal
- Housekeeping checklist
- Personal hygiene chart
- Senior care invoice
- Tax receipt for senior care