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Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region Announces Top Benefits of Using a Home Care Company Vs. a Privately Hired Caregiver

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), December 16, 2013 – Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region (, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, announces the top benefits of using a home care company versus a privately hired caregiver.

Ontario’s senior population is growing at a fast rate. With more and more “baby boomers” (those born between 1946 and 1965) entering retirement, the senior population is expected to reach 6.7 million in 2021. By 2041, the senior population is expected to reach 9.2 million, or nearly 25% of the Canadian population. (Source: “Seniors Assistance,” Ontario Provincial Police web site;, last accessed December 13, 2013.)

“Over the next four decades, an increasingly large number of seniors will need to rely on a caregiver to maintain their desired levels of independence. Those that choose to live at home will be faced with using either a home care assistance firm or hiring a private caregiver,” says Lester Fix, executive vice president of Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region. “While both will look out for their clients’ best interests, there are a large number of benefits to using a home care company over a privately hired caregiver.”

There are a large number of significant differences between a caregiver that works for a professional home care company like Home Care Assistance and a privately hired caregiver. When it comes to the status of the worker, Fix explains, a caregiver employed by a home care company is on its payroll and works for the hours authorized by the family, while a private caregiver is employed by the client or their family and usually paid in cash or with a personal cheque.

“This brings up an important issue: one of liability. This is because accidents, unfortunately, do happen,” he adds. “Home care companies like Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region provide coverage as part of its hourly rate. Families that hire a private caregiver, on the other hand, must provide workplace safety insurance coverage for the duration of the caregiver’s employment.”

When it comes to worker’s compensation, the home care company provides that as part of its hourly wages. If the home care worker is privately hired or employed, then the client must withhold and also pay the employer’s share for the worker.

“If issues arise, the home care company’s supervisor will handle and resolve all concerns. If the client is dealing with a privately hired caregiver, they must handle and resolve the problems themselves,” Fix notes. “On top of that, home care companies like Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region conduct background checks on all of their employees. Senior citizens or families that use a private caregiver must be sure to conduct proper checks on anyone they hire independently.”

“Whether it’s a home care company like Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region or a private caregiver, clients need to ensure the company maintains the highest level of personal care and companionship that they or their loved one deserves,” Fix concludes.

Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region provides comprehensive non-medical, in-home cardiac rehabilitation services. A Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region caregiver can help clients commit to healthy nutrition and regular physical activity and provide support with personal activities, including bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, and eating, as well as household activities, meal preparation, and transportation. On top of that, Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region is so certain its customers will be 100% satisfied with its services that it doesn’t require a long-term contract. To learn more about Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region, visit the company’s web site at or call 1-905-597-5825.

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Brian Shevel

I was born in South Africa in a city called Bloemfontein. Went to Christian Brothers College (CBC) finished High school there. I went into business with my father we had a wholesale selling cloths and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. Was a past president of Bnai Brith and served on many other committees. In Canada worked in the computer software industry selling construction software. I was always involved helping the elderly as my mother was very involved and I went along with her. Also looked after my father as he aged. Helped as a volunteer with seniors. Add me to your G+