Many times, senior care services are needed quickly, after a hospital or nursing home discharge (as Medicare only pays for up to 100 days of each nursing home stay). The decision for senior care must be made quickly to accommodate both the care needs and the senior's budget.
There are no national licensing requirements for senior home care agencies. Some states do require special licenses for senior home care agencies which include requiring caregiver training and care plans. Other states only require a business license for the agency to operate.
Caregiverlist provides a set of quality standards, based on the experiences of senior care industry professionals.
These quality standards include hiring the caregiver as an employee, in order to provide for their payroll taxes and worker's compensation insurance so that the senior and their family is not liable if for the caregiver's taxes and for any injuries that could occur while the caregiver is working. Active management by a Care Manager, along with a plan of care to follow and professional fidelity bond insurance is also required.
It is also a good idea to consider the ongoing care needs of the senior to plan ahead for possible moves to assisted living or the purchase of long-term care insurance before an emergency arises.