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By Mary-Frances, 8:00 am on May 6, 2014

Hiring a private caregiver is one option for seniors who need assistance. While private caregivers offer some families support, supervision and care, hiring someone privately comes with certain risks. Understanding these risks is important if families are to make educated decisions about their home care needs. Private caregivers are entrusted by seniors during a vulnerable time in life. Caregivers have access to the home, spend time alone with the senior, and are sometimes privy to personal financial and relationship information. When caregivers are hired privately, care recipients and their families often forgo background and reference checks because the process of completing them can be confusing, complicated and frustrating. This brings about the potential to unknowingly hire a less than honest caregiver who may harm the senior in some way. Even…

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