Many individuals hire caregivers who provide services independently versus agency mainly due to lower cost.
Agencies, such as SYNERGY HomeCare, thoroughly vet all of our employees. Each candidate receive national and background checks. Agency caregivers are drug tested prior to and sporadically throughout employment and prior work history is verified via references. Agency caregivers also receive training and inservices to keep them abreast of industry and agency standards. Why is this paramount? Because you should feel safe by trusting the fact we've turned over every stone to ensure you can trust the initial "stranger" in your and/or your loved one's home.
Liability possibilities should be considered by families when hiring an independent caregiver. If the independent caregiver damage your property or injure themselves, property insurance can be pursued to cover injuries. As for property damage, the family have to cover the loss. In short, agency caregivers are bonded and covered by worker's compensation. Independent caregivers are not.
There are times when unpredictable situations such as illness, death in family, sick child, jury duty, etc. may occur in the caregiver's family, requiring the caregiver to take time off. Who will be the backup to your independent caregiver? Understandably, families want the same caregiver, but things do happen as for why agencies introduce 3 caregivers to families to prevent any disruption of our client's schedule.
As for cost difference of an independent caregiver and an agency caregiver, families can be assured that agencies heavily invest in the individuals we pair with families. We are determined no stone is left unturned and that our families receive top notch care as for why agency fees are higher than an independent caregiver's fee.