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Use This Handy Checklist to Find the Right Caregiver for your Loved One


Most people are aware that the overall population of the U.S. is aging, and that more and more elderly people require partial or full-time care, just to carry out the basic daily necessities of living. The professionals at MD Read more

The Best Spring-time Activities in the Phoenix Area


As much as you've been looking forward to springtime, there might be an elderly loved one in the family who is even more anxious for the arrival of the season. Of course, Phoenix-area residents aren't usually obliged to hibernate Read more

Tips for Keeping Seniors Connected


It's very understandable that seniors of today would feel even more disconnected from the world around them than senior citizens of past generations, especially given the fact that technology is now progressing at such a breakneck pace. AZ home Read more

Tips for Helping Seniors With Their Taxes  


When tax season rolls around, it can be a particularly anxious time for many seniors, and this is true for several reasons. First of all, any income received is often not via employment, so the tax model they were Read more

Directly Hiring a Caregiver to Save Money? Pt. 1

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Directly Hiring a Caregiver to Save Money? Know ALL the Risks and Costs Before Doing So. (Pt. 1)  By Dave Hildebrandt, Executive Director of MD Home Health/MD Home Assist

A recent study revealed that the cost of full time non-medical home care will average $45,000 per year in the state of Arizona (based on 44 hours of care per week). Given this, the tendency for some families will be to try to and economize by directly hiring a care giver to save money, rather than going through an agency.  This is a classic example of the phrase “penny wise, pound foolish”. Before taking this step, it is important that the consumer or family be aware of all the risks and costs associated with directly hiring a caregiver to save money.

There are basically two areas that a family must address when directly hiring a caregiver to save money: the caregiver’s personal background and clinical skills, and the administrative costs of taxes and insurance.

The first part to consider is the steps involved in conducting a background verification of a caregiver.  Once you have identified a potential candidate, which in and of itself is not always easy, you will need to interview them, run a criminal background check, credit and DMV check, verify their citizenship, their automobile insurance, and their list of references. Also, if they are licensed (CNA or RN/LPN), you will want to know if their license is current, in good standing, and if there has ever been any disciplinary action taken against them. Finally, you will want to be sure they have no communicable diseases, specifically TB, and have taken First Aid and have a current CPR training certification.

Should all of the background verification go smoothly, you will then need to be able to determine the actual competency of the caregiver, especially if you are requiring special skills that will be needed to provide the care. Are you qualified to do this?  Do you really want to use your loved one to test their competency?

And finally, suppose your direct-hired caregiver is sick, wants a day off, gets injured or simply doesn’t show for work.  Will you be prepared with a list of qualified and trained alternate caregivers who will report on a moment’s notice?

For more information about MD Home Health or MD Home Assist, rate quotes, or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us via: MD Home Health/MD Home Assist.


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MD HOME HEALTH / MD HOME ASSIST OVERVIEW

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MD Home Health and MD Home Assist has been Arizona’s trusted provider in the home health industry since 1985. Both companies have since provided services in both the medical (MD Home Health) and non-medical (MD Home Assist) field to over 42,000 residents in the Valley of the Sun. Combined, both companies represent one of oldest, largest and most experienced providers in the Phoenix metropolitan area.MD Home Health and MD Home Assist offer a wide range of services to fit the needs of our patients in the quickest and most straightforward ways possible. Many of the patients we service are referred to us in a variety of ways: physicians, insurance companies, state and county agencies, schools, case managers, and private parties. MD Home Health offers many different traditional services provided by our 200 skilled employees:
  • Skilled Nursing (RN’s & LPN’s)
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Medical Social Worker
  • And various other necessary specialists.

MD Home Health / MD Home Assist NursesThey also offer many different specialty programs such as:

  • Post-surgical care
  • Neonatal
  • Diabetic management
  • Psychiatric/behavioral health
  • Wound management
  • And many more.

These services are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

MD Home Assist offers many different services related to custodial, homemaking, and personal care provided by 75 different employees. These services are also offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some of the many non-medical services provided by MD Home Assist include:

  • Bathing
  • Shaving
  • Skin care
  • Feeding
  • Nail care
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Meal planning
  • Grocery shopping
  • Tending to sick children
  • New mother/baby care
  • Companionship

There are also many more services we offer to make sure patients have their needs met while living as comfortably as possible. For more information about MD Home Health or MD Home Assist, rate quotes, or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us via: MD Home Health/MD Home Assist.

 


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