Should I Hire a Private Caregiver or an Agency?

So… you want to hire an in-home caregiver independent from a licensed agency? …Why not, you say? Encore Caregivers warns: because you are putting yourself and your loved-one at great risk.  

  • Of your caregiver wanting time off (with a private caregiver, you have no back-up)
  • Of your caregiver being late (with a private caregiver, you have no back-up)
  • Of your caregiver wanting a raise (with no back-up caregiver, you have little leverage)
  • Of your caregiver getting injured and seeking damages from you or your insurance provider (careful, your homeowners insurance may not cover in-home workers)
  • Of your caregiver filing with the state for unemployment benefits (now the focus of state and federal government is on you for violation of state workforce regulations)
  • Of you being pursued by the Texas Workforce Commission and the Internal Revenue Service for back taxes and penalties because your caregiver is not an independent contractor! Whether you like it or not, you are seen as an employer by governmental labor agencies

So … what is the great benefit of hiring a licensed agency like Encore Caregivers? What’s the advantage?

Encore Caregivers is confident you are gaining well-placed peace of mind because each of our employees …

  • is thoroughly background checked for any criminal history
  • is background checked with the state for listing on the Employee Misconduct Registry
  • has undergone a thorough professional reference check
  • has undergone a personal reference check
  • undergoes a pre-employment drug screen as well as random drug testing
  • has a current Tuberculosis Skin Test or Chest X-Ray
  • has passed a competency test
  • has all state and federal payroll taxes paid by Encore Caregivers
  • is covered by liability insurance to protect our clients
  • has a fidelity bond
  • has a current Texas Drivers’ License
  • has current auto insurance
  • presents an original social security card
  • is a U.S. citizen/permanent resident/has work authorization card
  • is provided on-going training and support by Encore Caregivers