2015: Changes in Senior HomeCare Payroll

Posted by Joe Frisbee on Oct 21, 2014 1:38:00 PM

Department of Labor Discusses Joint Employment, Changes in the Senior Caregiver Companionship Exemption and Announces Increased Enforcement

The Private Care Association, the voice of private duty home care, met in earlier this month in Orlando, FL and invited the US Department of Labor to discuss Joint Employment and Changes in the Companionship Exemption with its members. A guest appearance was made by Michael Hancock, Assistant Administrator for Policy, Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and Melissa Murphy, Senior Attorney, Office of the Solicitor U.S. Department of Labor.  Mr. Hancock and Ms. Murphy addressed an anxious crowd of almost 200 independent homecare staffing agencies to discus joint employment, the expiration of the Companionship Exemption for home health agencies and stepped up enforcement by the DOL in 2015 related to the enforcement of the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA).

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Topics: elder care, aging in place, senior care, nanny background screening

Senior Care: Can't I Pay Mom's Helper as an Independent Contractor?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 29, 2014 8:15:00 AM

I spoke to a prospective client today on the phone. She just hired a senior caregiver - a woman she calls "Mom's helper" - to come in daily to assist her mother around the house. Her mother has had a series of falls recently, none serious, and needs basic help and companionship at home during the day while her daughter is working. As a sandwich generation daughter of a mother with similar issues with aging, I completely understood why she took this step and the challenges she faces trying to balance her Mom's needs and her own professional and economic needs.

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Topics: aging in place, household employer, senior care, Hiring Elder care, nanny tax case study

Senior Care Payroll Services

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 1, 2014 8:38:00 AM

Quality senior care is a challenge millions of families are facing as our aging family members require increasing amounts of personal care services.

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Topics: elder care, aging in place, senior care, companionship services

When to take the keys from Mom? Difficult conversations in senior care.

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Jun 5, 2014 8:55:00 AM

The Dr. Phil Show is no stranger to tackling contemporary relationship and mental health issues in a straight forward, no nonsense manner. This week a woman in the audience asked Dr. Phil "When is the right time to take Mom's car keys?"

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Topics: aging in place, aging parents, Alzheimer's

Aging in Place: Is Privately Hiring Senior Care an Answer?

Posted by Kathleen Webb on May 29, 2014 8:39:00 AM

I recently met with a group of Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) to learn more about how they help their aging clients, and to brief them on upcoming changes to payroll laws that impact senior care.

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Topics: aging in place

Planning Your Parents' Future: Advice For Adult Children on Eldercare

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 28, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Let’s face it: sitting your aging parents down to talk about their finances is about as comfortable as talking to them about sex (eons ago, they probably felt the same way you do right now!) But just as it was back then, the conversation- though difficult- is imperative to your future decision making.

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Topics: elder care, aging in place, eldercare, senior care, hiring care for seniors, senior home care

Home Sweet Home: Tips for Aging in Place

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Mar 21, 2014 7:15:00 AM

In an inspiring and forward-thinking section of the New York Times on innovations in retirement, an article on innovative solutions to senior living offered news on several fronts. While most readers will be familiar with the existing alternatives such as in-home senior care, assisted living and independent senior living options, the article features new ideas that will certainly gain more traction as the baby boomer population ages. Often referred to as "aging in place," here are some examples highlighted in the article:

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Topics: elder care, aging in place, eldercare, household employee taxes, nanny background screening

State Overtime Rules for Senior Care Workers

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on Oct 25, 2013 12:41:00 PM

Today's retired seniors by an overwhelming 9:1 ration fully expect to "age in place," staying in their private homes as long as they can and resisting moves to institutionalized settings. Increasingly these seniors private hire senior caregivers who help with mobility challenges, transportation and general household activities as a way to stay in their homes. When you hire a senior care worker directly, you become an employer.

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Topics: aging in place, household payroll tax, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors

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