Help for caregivers
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Questions to ask when hiring an
• What kind of arrangements will be made if the caregiver is ill or unavailable?
• Who is responsible for paying Social Security, federal taxes and unemployment insurance?
• Is the caregiver legally eligible to work in the United States?
• Who is responsible for medical and other costs if the caregiver is injured?
• Has the caregiver's background been checked, including criminal history?
• Is the caregiver bonded and insured, in case the client is injured, or in case damage or theft occurs?
Source: Right at Home, a private home health care agency
These nonprofit organizations provide advice for caregivers. Some also offer support groups:
• Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas:
• Senior Helpline, Pinellas: (727) 217-8111
• Senior Helpline, Pasco and Florida: toll-free 1-800-861-8111
• Elder Options, the Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging (includes Hernando and Citrus counties): www.agingresources.org;
• West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging (includes Hillsborough County):
• Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services: www.hillsboroughcounty.org/aging; (813) 272-6630
• Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (includes Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Hernando and Citrus counties): www.alz-tbc.org;
(727) 578-2558 or toll-free
• Family Caregiver Coffee Break, Hospice of the Florida Suncoast: www.thehospice.org; (727) 586-4432
(The hospice also facilitates a support group for caregivers or those who have a loved one in health care. This group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the third Monday of every month at Summerville at Beckett Lake, 2155 Montclair Road, Clearwater. For more information, call Christine Fanelli of the hospice at (727) 586-4432.)