Should I hire an independent non-agency caregiver?
Many seniors have done this but it comes with a significant risk and therefore is not recommended by any of the aging authorities like the AARP or Illinois Department on Aging. Privately hiring a senior caregiver may seem more economical but at what cost? Private caregivers are largely untrained and unsupervised which puts the senior at risk of abuse and exploitation. Further, there is generally no back-up
support for caregiver emergencies, illnesses
care insurance providers realize the risk of independently hired caregivers and therefore will not cover the cost of their services.
are our difference. They are carefully selected to reflect our philosophy, screened, trained and supervised.
a. Our pre-employment training curriculum is thorough and rigorous including courses in communication, personal care, safety, body mechanics, infection control, nutrition, observation and reporting, HIPAA, etc. Because we are closely affiliated with Excell Nursing Review, one of the best-known nursing review programs in the nation, they assist us in curriculum development and competency testing for our non-medical caregivers and Certified Nursing Assistants.
b. Our caregivers are screened through the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry and all receive a detailed orientation, fingerprint background check
and rigorous personal reference checks. BCFY is bonded and insured.
c. Our caregivers must reflect our motto – Because We Care, We Give the Best! As an Asian-owned agency we adhere to our cultural philosophy of aging as something to be celebrated, revered and respected and we only hire caregivers that embody this old-world, intrinsic value.
Yes. All caregivers have regular supervision by one of our supervisors. The supervisor makes regularly scheduled visits to your home while the caregiver is present and sometimes when the caregiver is not. The supervisor is available to both you and the caregiver at any time to address any concerns that arise.
Yes. We collaborate with assisted living communities to provide care in various settings. We have many clients in senior living facilities.
Medicare pays for certain home services – like a home health aide and skilled nursing – for individuals who meet Medicare requirements for skilled nursing services. Individuals often receive this type of help when they first come out of a hospital. Home care services like assistance with activities daily of living are not covered by Medicare.
If a client requires in home medical services of the type covered by Medicare, Best Care For You is closely affiliated with Excell Home Health Plus. We frequently coordinate services such as in our Hospital to Home or Post-Surgery Recovery Care. In those services some of the expenses are covered by Medicare and some private pay. This coordination of services is a big advantage to the client since communication is enhanced between agencies and the client.