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At some point or another, many people need to make the difficult decision about the care for a loved one. When you are in this situation, it is important that you choose a caregiver with caution, in order to protect the safety of your family member. Don’t make the common mistake of using Craigslist or a classified ad. According to Paul Greenwood, Deputy DA in San Diego, there are many crooks on these platforms looking for ways to scam seniors. Only go to a bonded, insured agency to hire the caregiver. Even though an agency will cost more than hiring someone on Craigslist, it is worth the cost.
Failing to go through a bonded agency will greatly increase the risk of hiring someone with a criminal record. Also, if the hired individual steals from you, then you have no ability to recover the costs. On the other hand, if theft occurs and you hired a caregiver through a bonded agency, then you will have a solid cause of action in a civil lawsuit if the agency hired the person without doing their due-diligence.
Even when working with an agency, it is a good idea to do your own research to find out as much as you can about the caregiver. Ask the agency questions about the background checks that were completed, and the steps that were taken to ensure the quality of the caregiver.
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