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Help for caregivers

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Questions to ask when hiring an

in-home caregiver

• 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

Helpful sources

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):;

toll-free 1-800-963-5337

• West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging (includes Hillsborough County):;

toll-free 1-800-336-2226

• Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services:; (813) 272-6630

• Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (includes Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Hernando and Citrus counties):;

(727) 578-2558 or toll-free


• Family Caregiver Coffee Break, Hospice of the Florida Suncoast:; (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.)

Susan Ladika

Help for caregivers 04/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:54am]
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