FAQ's

Why Home Plus Caregivers?

 In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living Facilities

Questions:

1. What are the types of assisted care? 

Assisted living facilities
Larger assisted living facilities can accommodate up to 100 residents, with a staff of 4-5 employees per shift (separate day and evening shifts). The larger facilities are located in large complexes that resemble condos or apartment buildings, with additional public areas for guests, dining and activities. Residents have their own rooms, which are configured like studio or one bedroom apartments with private bathrooms. In some cases, residents may share apartments.

Smaller assisted living facilities may accommodate between 4-8 residents, with a staff of 2-3 employees. These facilities are most often situated in mid-to larger homes in residential neighborhoods. Residents have their own bedrooms, and share the living room, dining room, bathroom and other common areas. Occasionally residents may share larger bedrooms. Generally, there is minimal interaction with the staff and residents. 
In-home caregiving
In-home care giving allows the client to stay in the comfort and security of their own home. HomePlus Caregivers will match a caregiver with the client and ensure that the caregiver is properly trained to take care of them. When a client is able to remain in their own home, they will generally see little to no change or disruption in their life. The caregivers can work with the client’s schedule and preferences.

2. How much does assisted living cost?

1) Large assisted living facilities are approximately $8500.00 to $11000.00 per month. 
This includes: 
$4500-$7500 per month for room and board, depending on room size.
2 or 3 meals per day in the dining area.
$450.00-$600.00 per month to dispense medicines to the client. (Up to $800.00 if required multiple times per day)
$300-$350 per month for weekly laundry service.
Basic on-site activities for the residents.

Additional costs: 
 $30 per individual food delivery
$18 per half hour of assistance using the bathroom, or getting out of bed.
$500-$700 per month for transportation to/from medical appointments (up to 2 visits).
Miscellaneous fees for special activities/entertainment events.

2) Small assisted living facilities are approximately $6000-$7000 per month, depending on room size.
Also included:
2 or 3 basic meals per day.
Basic prescription medicine dispensation.

Additional costs for transportation to/from medical appointments, and for special activities/entertainment events.

3) HomePlus Caregivers in-home rates $24-$27 per hour, depending on how many hours are needed. 
If the client qualifies for 24-hour care, live-in caregiver rates are between $7500-$10000, depending on the level of care and needs of the client. Live-in caregivers must be able to have 7 hours of sleep each night. The hourly rate includes assistance with mobility, using the bathroom, bathing, cooking, light housecleaning, shopping and medical appointments.

3. Free Care Assessment

We know that in-home and facility care is largely dependent on the need level. However, when properly attended, when a client can stay in their home longer, the quality of life is overall better. Does the client need assistance with walking, getting in/out of bed, personal hygiene, cooking, shopping, medical appointments? In-home care can not only be less expense but of a higher quality and that creates highly needed one-on-one companionship. 

Our free evaluation will assess the client’s needs, and determine the level of care needed. A proposal will be provided following the assessment.

There are several considerations when contracting In-Home Care Service Providers.

New rules and regulations to consider when hiring an independent in-home personal caregivers in 2017

Note: Clients that hire caregivers through Home Plus Caregivers are NOT subject to the liabilities and license requirements listed below. This agency assumes the responsibilities of vetting, training and scheduling of caregivers, provides the proper insurance, and meets the all California State license requirements.

Clients that choose to hire and manage non-agency caregivers ARE subject to the following conditions:

Liability

  • Homeowners insurance will not cover a caregiver in the event that they fall or injure themselves while working.
  • Clients are responsible for providing all supplies (gloves, masks, etc.)
  • Clients are responsible for training of proper safety protocols, including handling and lifting of patients.
  • Clients are responsible for checking references of the caregiver, getting them fingerprinted, and performing background checks. This will reduce the possibility of theft or abuse.
  • Clients are required to have a plan B backup coverage for the patient should the primary caregiver become ill or become unable to work for any reason.
  • Clients must provide the live-in caregiver 8 final weeks of residence in the event of termination or if the client passes away.

Laws

  • If an independent home care worker is paid more than $1600.00 per year, the client will be required to provide workman’s comp insurance and a 1099 form for that worker.
  • In order for an independent worker to qualify for a 1099 form, they will be required to work for 2 or more clients.
  • Under the current law, personal hygiene is not considered domestic care.
  • Live-in caregivers must have a minimum of 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep, and must be provided room and board.
  • Live-in caregivers must have relief of 2.5-3 hours per day, and cannot work more than 5 days per week. 
  • If a caregiver works over 8 hours per day, additional hours worked beyond that are overtime.
  • If a caregiver works 8 hours, they must be allowed a lunch hour and a break.

Licenses

An independent caregiver is required to have an HCO License with the State of California. To have the HCO license, you must have workman’s comp insurance, professional and general liability insurance for no less than $350,000.00. 
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