Home Health Aide Agency – Why an HHAA is the Way to Go

As we age, it is very common to need help completing daily activities. In lieu of a Home Health Aide agency (HHAA), some turn to friends and family for assistance, while others transition into assisted living residences.

For those who need care beyond what friends and family can provide, but wish to continue living in their homes, home health aides could be the best option.

Get the help you need, while maintaining independence

senior women in wheelchairHome health aides visit a client’s home to assist them with a range of activities including bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, cleaning and reminding to take medication.

But the cost for this type of care can be out of budget for many, which incites some to look towards private employees as an alternative to a reputable agency.

While it may seem convenient or frugal to hire a private employee, doing so may result in legal or financial predicaments. In most cases, working through a home healthcare agency is the most practical choice.

We often hear families ask what’s the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care? Those who hire private employee risk a plethora of complicated legal issues that could cause damage to the hiring individual or family.

Responsibilities of Hiring an HHA Employee

Time to Bring In a Home Health Aide?For any private employee, the person who hires him or her is technically the employer and is responsible for paying social security, unemployment and payroll taxes — costs that can add up if the hirer is not prepared.

Often times a home health aide works only for one individual at a time, so if that individual passes on or no longer needs services, the family of the individual may be responsible for paying the aide’s unemployment.

If an aide were to become injured on the job, the person who hired him or her would also be responsible medical expenses and disability payments. This is an especially significant risk since home health aides often do physical work such as lifting and transferring.

Home Health Aides as Contractors

Senior Man being assisted by male caretakerOften times, home health aides will designate themselves “independent contractors” which relieves the hirer of these legal responsibilities.

However, he or she should ensure the home health aide does legally qualify as an independent contractor and is paying his or her share of taxes to avoid the potential of any responsibility falling on the hirer.

But even if the aide legally qualifies as an independent contractor, there are still risks and financial considerations of aging with dignity.

When a private aide works for a client, nobody is supervising him or her to ensure the best possible level of care. A supervisor could offer alternative suggestions or input for a plan of care, or even prevent the aide from abusing, manipulating or exploiting the client.

Benefits of a Home Health Aide Agency

In addition to these risks, using an agency for home healthcare ensures stability. If an aide is sick or has an emergency, there will always be a backup to resume the patient’s care.

If you’re still considering hiring a private home health aide, you should at least make sure a trusted friend or family member can be there to supervise the care, and you should hire a labor lawyer to assure the hire will not lead to an unwanted dilemma.

But, if you would rather work with a trusted agency, SALMON Health and Retirement offers high quality and reliable visiting nurse, private care and hospice services designed to facilitate the lives of those needing assistance.