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Why should a home healthcare professional be bonded?

Shelley Webb
Nursing
Since the health care provider you hire will most likely have free access to your home, possessions, and family members, find out if they are bonded. It they are not bonded themselves, find out if the agency that you hired them from is. Remember not to leave credit cards, checkbooks and personal papers in unsecured areas.

Home healthcare professionals come in two sizes, licensed and non-licensed.  Licensed professionals include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, occupational and physical therapists.  Their services are often considered 'skilled' and are often covered by insurance.  Non-licensed professionals include companions and nurses' aides and their services are often private pay and considered 'non-skilled.' 

When families are investigating agencies for caregivers for an elderly parent, make note of whether the agency hires their caregivers as employees or from a registry.  Often, employees of agencies must meet certain requirements to be hired (criminal background check, drug testing, bonding) while those that are hired from a registry may not receive as thorough an employment screening.

Given the access and the intimacy with which caregivers will function in private homes, it is prudent to 'do your homework' before hiring anyone to provide care to a loved one.

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