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Why Care Should Be Taken When Hiring Private Caregivers

Posted by Brian Shevel on 25 July 2014

We know how crucial the situation can become. Maybe you've been caring for your parent or loved one on your own for some time now and you just can't handle the responsibility anymore. Or maybe it's getting back to your job, reclaiming your life, or the emotional strain has become too much to bear and you need a break from being a caregiver.

Whatever the case, you just can't keep it up, and you know your parents or loved one would hate to be removed from their home and placed in an elder care facility. But with some homecare agencies charging per service, the temptation to go the alternate route and hire a private caregiver becomes ever more tempting.

Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region understands the emotions behind struggling to find adequate and affordable elder care. And with hospitals increasingly pushing out seniors before they are ready to be functional on their own, we know that even more of you than usual are struggling with this issue.

Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region is not one of those homecare agencies that charges by the service. We have one standard price for all of our homecare services, which keeps costs low. Unfortunately, the rising cost of homecare services in the GTA and across the country is causing some people to consider private caregivers to look after their loved ones.

While we are not condemning the rights of private caregivers to make a living, we are urging that you be extremely cautious when selecting who will likely spend hours a day alone with and caring for your loved one. Seniors are among the most vulnerable citizens in society and there have been countless cases of private caregivers taking advantage of seniors and not providing quality care.

Homecare agencies like Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region are enterprises with multiple franchises that hire professionals, offer continual education to caregivers so they are able to provide the best quality care to seniors, and are held accountable for their actions by a governing body and by the province they are operating in. Private caregivers aren't held to these same high standards.

And while we won't argue that saving money is important and that you somehow have to manage to care for your loved ones, Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region stresses again that the benefits of hiring an agency who will ensure the health and well-being of your loved ones far outweigh the potential savings from hiring a private caregiver.

Ultimately, while the decision lies with you, your loved ones deserve to live a comfortable, independent life free from concern over the quality of their care. Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region offers that peace of mind and the service to help keep your loved ones independent.

Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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