LIFETREE HOMECARE SOLUTIONS

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HIRING AN INDEPENDENT CAREGIVER

Are you considering hiring your own Independent Personal Attendant? If so, it is important to understand the pros and cons of hiring independently.  We know, it’s not an easy decision to make, and sometimes it can even get confusing. To make things easier we've put together a list to help weigh in your options.

CAREGIVER BACKUP FOR EMERGENCIES

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

We are available 24/7 to take your call to fill the need if an emergency ever arises. 

Independent Caregiver

None. Finding backup care would be additional pressure for you and your family.

BONDING, LIABILITY & WORKERS’ COMP. INSURANCE

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

As an agency we are bonded, insured, licensed by the state, and provide workers' comp to give you the serenity of knowing that if a caregiver hurts themselves in your home they would not sue you or your homeowners insurance policy. 

 

Independent Caregiver 

Generally none. It is your duty to investigate any insurance held by the Independent Caregiver. Without insurance these individuals can sue you or your homeowners insurance policy if they get hurt on the job.

QUALITY CONTROL & SUPERVISION OF HOME CARE STAFF

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

All cases are carefully monitored and overseen by our Certified Senior Care Managers.

  • Random visits made periodically. 

  • Your loved ones' have access to caregiver reports by request through our office.

  • We offer remote monitoring technology to provide safety, security and comfort when no ones' around.

Independent Caregiver

Usually Independent Caregivers are completely independent and lack formal supervision.

CONTINUING CAREGIVER TRAINING

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

We stay compliant to state requirements for caregivers. We provide and make sure all our caregivers are up to date on their annual state required training. Additionally, we require are caregivers to be certified in CPR. We also provide additional training on specific disease management, nutrition, and much more.

Independent Caregivers

An Independent Caregiver may or may not be compliant with the annual state required training. The annual training helps to build knowledge and skills.

PAYROLL, TAXES, AND IRS

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

As an agency it is our duty to take the responsibility.

Independent Caregiver

It is your duty to report and remit state, federal, and FICA taxes to the proper officialdom.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND REFERENCE CHECKS

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

Our caregivers are extensively vetted at the time of hire with numerous layers of rigorous background checks. A high percentage of applicants do not meet our premier standards.

 

Independent Caregiver

It is your task to do your due diligence on the independent caregiver.

FLEXIBILITY OF HOME CARE SERVICES

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

Your service of care will rarely stay the same. We can accommodate your changing needs with the skilled level or amount of care that you require.

Independent Caregiver

These individuals usually have a fixed level of care, and when your service of care changes, these independent caregiver might not have the proper skills to perform the care that you need.

EXPERIENCE

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

Our experienced caregivers have often been delivering quality, compassionate care to satisfied clients for years.

 

Independent Caregivers

Skills may vary.

GENERAL AVAILABILITY

Lifetree Homecare Solutions

We can provide quality care service to you and your loved ones' 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This includes weekends and holidays.

 

Independent Caregivers

One person typically means restrictive days and hours. It can become a burden to try and find replacement care for unexpected sickness, time off, emergencies, vacations, ect. A career change means that you start the process of finding a honest, trustworthy caregiver all over again.