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The Benefits of Hiring a Caregiver Company

Family, friends, and even professionals all have the same concern for a senior’s well-being when they suggest that they may need help if they want to keep living independently. In fact, your senior loved one may have been considering it themself. However, you and your loved one may still hesitate at the idea of having someone in their home to help. You may not know where to find someone, if you can afford it, and how your support system will respond. Here are some things to consider before deciding if you should find an independent caregiver on your own or if you should use a caregiver company.

Assessing the Need for a Caregiver

If you're an unpaid caregiver, you know how little time there is in a day to hold a job, care for your family, and provide the 24/7 care your loved one needs. If you have any time left for yourself, it's very little. You also have a higher risk of injuries due to overtaxing your body, such as assisting with physical transfers from bed to wheelchair, sitting to standing, or other positions. If the person needing care suffers from dementia, you may be facing other issues such as wandering, violence, or unpredictability. A caregiver can help with:

  • Household care, such as cleaning, laundry, cooking, and shopping

  • Emotional care, such as companionship

  • Personal care, such as grooming, bathing, toileting, eating, and dressing

  • Health care, such as medication management, doctor appointments, and physical therapy

If you find that your loved one needs help in these areas and you’re unable to provide all the support that they need, you may want to hire help.

Independent Caregivers vs. Companies

The top benefit for hiring an independent caregiver is you can do the hiring and vetting of the individual yourself. But you'll also be responsible for all of the logistical upkeep, such as taxes, insurance, backup caregivers, etc. Hiring an independent caregiver may be worthwhile if your loved one is still largely independent and mainly needs companionship. However, this frequently isn't the case. If your loved one needs more help than you can give, you need a company like Senior Helpers in Christiana. Here are some of the perks of hiring a caregiver company:

  • The company ensures caregivers are qualified and certified through background checks.

  • The company is responsible for the caregiver.

  • You aren't limited to one caregiver, which means that if your caregiver is sick or unable to perform necessary tasks, someone else will be sent.

  • You don't have to worry about the practical details of managing a caregiver.

  • You only have to pay for the services, not the additional expenses of the caregiver.

  • The company covers payroll and taxes for the caregivers, making it easier for you to focus on your loved one.

If you still have questions about the benefits of hiring a caregiver company over an independent caregiver, contact us to find out more about how we can help you ensure that your loved one gets the care needed based on their unique situation.