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3 Mistakes Families Make when Hiring Senior Home Care

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/5/17 3:47 PM

Finding the right in-home care for your loved one is an incredibly important decision. Maybe your loved one needs medication supervision on a regular basis, or maybe they are recovering from a fall or surgery. In-home caregivers can provide non-medical services as well as homemaker tasks, as well as administering medication and helping with bathing and grooming. Finding the right person to care for your loved one means you’ll need to take some time to do your research, including interviewing several people that you feel might be the best match. But, before you set out on your journey of finding a new household employee, here are some mistakes that should be avoided.

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Topics: elder care, senior home care, agency, senior, CPA

How to Manage a Caregiver Relationship

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/4/17 4:54 PM

Finding the right caregiver for your family can take time. Once you’ve found the perfect person for your family, now comes to the work of maintaining a great working relationship. Here are some helpful tips on how to manage a caregiver relationship.

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Topics: senior home care, nanny management

Financial Professionals: Advising Clients with Private Hire Senior Care

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 2/14/17 8:23 AM

More and more families today are looking to hire in-home health care workers to assist with aging parents that are living with ailments or facing serious mental declines including dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. However, the cost of hiring in-home caregivers has been on the rise for several years, with the average cost of a home health aide being over $45,000 per year. (1)  Many families choose to privately hire, as an agency employed caregiver can cost $25 - 40 per hour while a privately hired caregiver can be $12 - $18 per hour. 

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Topics: independent elder care hire, senior home care

Senior Care Costs On the Rise in 2016

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/6/16 8:00 AM

Saving for retirement is incredibly important, but recent reports show that saving for the senior citizen years is even more important, simply because the cost of aging is steadily on the rise. According to a recent industry survey, the median annual bill for a private nursing room is over $91,000, with some states costing over $150,000 a year and even more. Marked price increases are occurring at assisted living facilities as well, and costs for home health care and adult day health care are increasing, too.

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Topics: senior home care

Myths About Senior Caregiver Payroll

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 10/18/16 8:00 AM

If you’re thinking about hiring a senior caregiver this year, it’s crucial to do your research and be sure you know how to go about it – especially when it comes to payroll. There is a lot of misinformation online that can be confusing for families. Here, we’ll break down myths versus facts so you know exactly how to pay your caregiver fairly while withholding proper taxes.

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Topics: senior caregivers, senior home care

Are All Homecare Agencies Telling the Truth?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 7/19/16 8:00 AM

Starting in-home care for your loved one is a big decision. It requires careful planning, a close look at the budget, and significant research on what agencies and caretakers are available. Selecting the type of agency that’s right for you and your loved one is one of the biggest choices you will make and it can be overwhelming at first. Here are some helpful tips that can help make things a little bit easier.

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Topics: eldercare, senior home care

3 Myths About Senior Care at Home

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 6/14/16 7:00 AM

Are you struggling with providing senior home care for yourself or for a loved one? Don’t get caught up in one of the many myths floating around regarding senior care. A senior caregiver allows family members to rest easy knowing their loved one is receiving the top quality of care in their own home. Full time or part time senior care provides other family caregivers some freedom to pursue outside activities and to simply take care of themselves.

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Topics: senior home care

Helping Seniors Avoid Being Victims of Fraud

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/5/16 7:00 AM

Being a victim of fraud can be an incredibly unnerving and stressful time, but when it happens to a senior citizen, it can be even more devastating. Senior scams are on the rise and can result in billions of dollars for thieves, simply because seniors are often trusting and the scams usually apply directly to them. In addition, crooks tend to target the elderly because these people generally have a lifetime of saved income, pensions, or Social Security checks that they can tap into. Seniors may be easily fooled or confused by a smooth talking thief. Fifteen years ago, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging reported that there was $40 billion in losses in telemarketing fraud alone, a number that has steadily climbed over the years according to a recent article in US News and World Report. In fact, there are now elder crime units in various police departments in parts of the country in the effort to protect senior citizens from mistreatment, including fraudulent scams. So, how can you protect senior citizens from becoming a victim of fraud?

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Topics: senior home care

Myths about Senior Home Care

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 10/15/15 4:05 PM

Providing Senior care at home for yourself or a loved one can be an overwhelming process that is full of emotion and a variety of big decisions. As you do your research, you may run into conflicting information or myths that are out there regarding senior care. So, how do you know that you’re making the right choice? For many seniors, it is beneficial to have them stay in their home in their own surroundings, rather than uprooting them to a new environment. For these people, senior home care can be the perfect answer. How do you know what information accurate and what’s not?

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Topics: senior home care

Senior Home-Care Worker Payroll in Transition

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 8/28/15 4:44 PM

Agency Senior Home-Care Workers About to Become More Expensive

The Obama Department of Labor has been working for the last four years to include senior home-care workers employed by third parties under the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime provisions. There was also a parallel effort to redefine the services a bona fide senior companion caregiver could provide to align with the Congress' intent of the 1974 expansion of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Topics: companionship services, companionship exemption, senior home care, senior home caregiver, senior home-care workers

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