Should you hire someone yourself?
Should you use a home care agency?
Are all agencies the same?
Not all home care agencies are the same
If you hire a care support worker on your own, there’s a lot to consider. It takes time to interview, check backgrounds and references, work out a schedule, find back-up, manage timesheets, understand Award entitlements, provide a regular salary payment, and deal with all tax, superannuation, insurance and liability issues.
If you hire a private home care agency, you will still have a lot to consider. It takes time to find the most appropriate service, compare and negotiate rates. Whether an agency is a commercial or not-for-profit entity, they have a vested interest in your using their services, which may not be the best for your situation.
What to do?
What you need is an independent impartial person who can sort that all out for you. Someone who has not vested interest in who you choose to provide your ongoing care. That’s the service that CCNB provides – we have no vested interest in WHO you choose – we can find and hire the best services that meets your needs.
Our team of independent health professionals have deep knowledge about the industry, and maintain excellent relationships with retirement living and aged care service providers. As an independent not-for-profit company, we provide unbiased advice that is aligned to the specific circumstances of individual clients.
Above all, we are compassionate and caring. In all that we do, we have our clients’ best interest at heart.
CCNB leads the way in the delivery of Consumer Directed Care. We ensure that the client’s interests are met first. That is why we work on a “fee for service model”.
What are my choices?
In summary, when choosing private care you have four choices:
- You can hire a support worker on your own, which means you take on all the responsibilities of rostering and being an employer who is required to register for an ABN, contribute to your workers superannuation contribution, employee benefits, insurances, and submit tax returns, etc, or
- You can choose a placement agency that screens and matches support worker candidates for you, but does not provide the ongoing management and rostering of home care workers, or
- You can use a private home care agency which selects care workers for you and manages and pays their wages, rosters, timesheets, superannuation contributions, personal taxes, public liability and workers compensation insurances, or
- You can hire a home care management service like CCNB – for a very low fee you can hire someone like CCNB to help you find, choose and manage the right home care agency for you.
All things considered, it makes sense to use a home care management agency like CCNB. We’re there to support clients and families so they don’t have to deal with all the administrations of finding and hiring the right care and support at home. Find out more at Why Choose Us?
So why choose private home care?
It is delivered at home. There are such positive feelings that all of us associate with being home. When we are not feeling well, most of us ask to go home. When we are feeling well, we enjoy the sanctity of our residences and the joy of being with our loved ones.
Home care keeps families together. There is no more important social value. It is particularly important in times of illness.
Home care serves to keep the older people independent. None of us want to be totally dependent and helpless. With some assistance, even seniors reaching a very old age can continue to function as viable members of society.
Home care prevents or postpones institutionalisation. Few patients choose to be placed in a nursing home, unless it’s the only place where they can obtain the 24-hour care that they need.
Home care promotes healing. There is abundant evidence that patients heal more quickly at home.
Private home care allows a maximum amount of freedom for the individual. Hospitals and nursing homes offer more regimented, regulated environments.
Home care offers a reassuring, individualised setting.
Private home care is personalised care. Home care is tailored to the needs of each individual. It is delivered on a one-to-one basis.
Home care reduces stress. Unlike most forms of health care which can increase anxiety and stress, home care frequently has the opposite effect.
Home care is one of the most effective forms of health care. There is very high consumer satisfaction associated with care delivered in the home.
Home care is an efficient form of health care. By bringing health services home, the patient does not generate board and room expenses. The patient and/or his family supply the food and tend to the individual’s other needs. Technology now has developed to the point where many services, once only available in a hospital, can be offered at home.
Home care is given by special people. By and large, employees of home care agencies look at their work not as a job or profession but as a calling. Our home care workers are trained, experienced and dedicated to their work.
Home care is, in many cases, less expensive than other forms of care. The evidence is convincing that, for many services, home care is less expensive than other forms of care.
Home care extends life. Many studies have established that people receiving home care tend to live longer and have a better quality of life. Home care helps not only add years to life, but “life to years.”
Home care is the preferred form of care, even for individuals who are terminally ill. There is a growing public acceptance and demand for palliative care at home care for individuals who are terminally ill.
Need information or advice?
Whether you need private or subsidised care and support at home, we can help. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable Care Navigators are free and available by contacting 1300 002 262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org