Why choose a home health agency rather than hiring a neighbor or friend?


Many think the neighbor across the street or an acquaintance would be a perfect caregiver for their loved one. But there are many things to consider when making this decision.

Back-up plan: What back-up plan is in place if the individual becomes ill, gets into an automobile accident, or goes out of town to visit family? This does not happen when with Concord , as we have a pool of over 150 caregivers available when needed.

Legal Obligations: Other considerations are the tax obligations, legal issues and required insurance coverage. As an employer, you must withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. Employers of caregivers in Rhode Island are required to withhold State income taxes on any compensation paid and are required to pay Federal and State unemployment taxes as well.

Safety and Security: Licensed agencies perform drug testing, background checks (both local and national), and obtain past employment references providing first - hand information about the proposed caregiver.  

Concord adheres to all governmental requirements.
• Criminal Background Checks
• Personal Reference Check
• Inoculations and Physical Examinations
• Bonding and Liability Insurance

Employers of private duty caregivers are also responsible for verifying that their employee is legally entitled to work in the United States.

Injuries: Without Workers’ Compensation Insurance the family who hires a private caregiver is responsible for medical expenses and disability in the event that the individual is hurt while at your home.

Accessibility:  24-Hour, 7-days a week on call Nurse and Coordinator.  Individuals hired privately have no other resources to assist in the event of an emergency.