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COUNCIL ON AGING - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

HEALTHCARE

Hiring A Caregiver? Protect
Yourself And Your Loved Ones
California's most vulnerable population are those
who because of advanced age, injury, illness or disabilities, rely on caregivers to provide home care and
support services. Caregiving companies provide a
wide variety of critical, but non-medical, assistance
to improve the quality of life and daily lives of the
individuals receiving these services. The new Home
Care Services Consumer protection Act provides
protection for those families needing home care services.
When the need arises for a caregiver to assist in
the home, consumers are often at a loss of how to
fill that need. All too often they know someone that
can help as a caregiver and won't charge them very
much. While it might be appealing to hire a caregiver from an unlicensed home care agency or "private
caregiver" in order to save money, consensus tells us
there is a substantial difference between the qual-

ity of care provided by a licensed home care agency
verses an unlicensed agency or "private caregiver".
In an effort to save money, safeguards are neglected.
There has been no investment in screening, vetting,
training, provision of a criminal background check
or insurance.
There are many cases of valuables missing,
medications disappearing and caregivers receiving
"loans" or stealing money from clients along with
faking injuries. Families have choices to make when
it comes to home care. Carefully consider the risks
and benefits. Protect yourself and your loved ones.
Hire through a licensed Home Care Agency that
provides certified employees caregivers.
For additional information contact the American
Board of Home Care at (877) 436-5259 or visit www.
americanboardofhomecare.org

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