Are you considering hiring a professional caregiver for yourself or for your loved one? There are a vast number of options and knowing how to make the right decision can be difficult. The first hurdle you will likely cross is deciding whether to hire an agency to provide a caregiver or to hire a private caregiver on your own. Hiring a private caregiver may give you total control of the process, but there are several tradeoffs. Most importantly, it is illegal to provide unlicensed private in-home care in the state of Oklahoma. You will need to ensure your caregiver is certified first and foremost! There are other considerations as well.
A professional hiring agency will handle the tedious tasks of ensuring certification, running a criminal background check, check references, ensure CPR and first aid training, and much more. The agency caregiver’s will also be covered by the agency’s policy so you do not have to worry about writing paychecks or making sure your homeowner’s policy covers household employees. The agency will provide backup caregivers in the event an emergency occurs. If you choose to hire a private caregiver, you may want to consider hiring a backup or two to be on call.
You don’t necessarily need to choose one or the other. If you decide you’d like a family member or friend to be involved, they may enjoy running your errands or coloring your hair! You might hire the agency for more daily routines or maintenance of the home. SYNERGY HomeCare understands your desire to be comfortable and is determined to make life easier on you! If you would like to learn more about specific in-home care duties click here or just call and ask us at 405-254-3046.