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The Home Care Screening Process

The decision to hire a caregiver is often fraught with stress.

Horror stories of theft, neglect, and abuse abound. Many of these sad situations occur due to lack of caregiver oversight by senior home care agencies and the lack of regulatory oversight of the agencies themselves.

Fortunately, as of Jan. 1, 2016, California requires home care providers to be licensed as Home Care Organizations (HCOs) under the oversight of the Department of Social Services’ Home Care Division. Additionally, all HCO-employed caregivers are now required to be registered with the Department of Social Services.

Ask three important questions when shopping for a home care provider:

If the answer to any of these questions is NO, keep shopping!

Keen Home Care is a full-service, licensed, and bonded home care agency.

Our caregivers:

  • Are registered with the CA Department of Social Services (CDSS)
  • Have undergone comprehensive fingerprint and background checks processed by the Department of Justice
  • Have been approved by DSS to work as caregivers for a licensed Home Care Organization

Unfortunately, many agencies state that they are licensed, when in fact they are not. Rather, they operate as a direct referral agency (DRA).

Direct referral agencies DO NOT:

  • Have regulatory oversight by a government entity
  • Have oversight as to whether their caregivers have undergone proper background checks
  • Hire W-2 employees

Working with a Direct Referral Agency Can Cost You Big Time

Instead of hiring W-2 employees, DRA caregivers work as 1099 employees, which places you at risk for litigation for unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation claims, Department of Labor penalties for worker misclassification, state and federal penalties for unpaid payroll taxes, and labor code violations.

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Keen Home Care’s Screening Process for Caregivers

Call today to discuss your home care needs.

Need To Discuss Your Loved One’s Senior Home Care Needs?

Finding the right level of senior home care for your aging loved one is a difficult process to navigate. That’s why you need a senior care agency you can trust to answer your questions and ease your concerns.

Fill out your information in the form fields to contact Keen Home Care or call us at (877) 852-2737 or (562) 438-5336. As a home care agency, we are fully licensed, bonded, and insured – so you have peace of mind when relying on our services.