There are a number of ways to get nonmedical supportive services inside a home. But regardless of what level of service you are looking for, odds are you will find yourself facing one choice: Should you find and hire an independent contractor or someone who works for an agency? Here’s a closer look at both options.
Nonagency workers, or independent contractors, are hired by either a family member or the person needing help. While this may appear less expensive, it could involve some hidden costs and risks:
• Whoever hires an independent contractor must pay all appropriate payroll taxes because, technically, that person is the employer.
• If the independent contractor is injured on the job, the person who hires the individual is responsible for medical bills and any other high end hospital bed expenses.
• If the independent contractor is sick or goes on vacation, he or she is not obligated to find a replacement.
• Because people often hire an independent contractor without first conducting the proper background checks, they may be leaving themselves or their loved ones open to theft, fraud and-in rare cases-even abuse.
Companies such as Interim HealthCare employ individuals to provide specific services that help with activities of daily living such as preparing meals, light housework, bathing and companionship. The agency can alleviate consumers of many of the problems they may face if