Hiring a Caregiver

AWARENESS: IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING HIRING A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL VS. USING AN AGENCY, HERE ARE SOME FACTS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER: The state of Virginia regulates the home care industry just as strictly as insurance companies are regulated. This should give you a peace of mind to know the accountability level a home care agency must submit to. 1 – It is a Virginia state law to treat a domestic worker as an employee. A domestic worker is any person you hire privately to help you privately. It could be a lawn worker, painter, caregiver, etc. 2 – If you have more than 2 people helping you, you are required to carry workers compensation on them. You must pay their taxes and issue a W-2. 3 – You must be able to prove the individual is a US citizen or has the right to work in the U.S. There are appropriate forms to file for this. 4 – You must post the same labor posters in your home that an agency is required to post. 5 – You are liable should the individual get injured in your home or on your property. The penalty for not having Workers Compensation is huge if you have more than 2 individuals working privately for you. 6 – Before hiring anyone off the street, make sure you get their permission to run a criminal and sexual offender background on them. 7 – Before allowing the individual to drive you around, make sure you know what is on their driving record. Also, find out if they have auto insurance coverage. Using a home...