Re-designed for 2019 with consumers in mind, The Agency Advantage is a one-page flier that describes the advantages of contracting with an agency compared to a direct hire. From the brochure:
Many families ask why they should work with a home care agency rather than hiring a nurse or aide themselves. The answer is that agencies provide significant benefits over direct hires in the areas that matter the most to families and patients.
- Employer Obligations: By hiring an aide or nurse directly, you take on the legal responsibilities of an employer, including payroll taxes, workers’ compensation, and unemployment insurance. Working with an agency alleviates you of these responsibilities.
- Peace of Mind: Agencies are required to conduct criminal background checks and have access to comprehensive data generally unavailable to the public.
- Security & Contingency: Each agency is required to carry various forms of insurance — including workers’ compensation and liability — to protect you. Additionally, an agency can quickly provide a replacement if your aide or nurse is sick, injured, or changes jobs.
- Training & Supervision: Each agency has the experience, knowledge, and resources to ensure its workers are thoroughly trained in every service they perform, including infection control, falls prevention, emergency preparation, and personal care tasks.
For orders of more than 50 copies, contact HCA Membership & Information Services Coordinator Tom Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 482-8830.