BOCA RATON, FL, January 21, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Florida has over 2,000 so-called "companion sitter" companies operating in the state and providing in-home care to the elderly and infirm. These companies are registered with the state agencies that oversee in-home care, but are not required by law to be licensed for in-home caregiving services. This is a big problem to advocates like Lisa Kaufman, a longtime provider of Boca Raton home care services, because the lack of licensing means that over 2,000 providers are not required to prescreen their employees by giving criminal background checks or other proof of integrity before allowing them access to patients' homes and valuables. Kaufman believes regulation is already long overdue.
Lisa Kaufman is the founder and CEO of Boca Home Care, a licensed Boca Raton home care services provider consistently ranked in the 90th percentile of Medicare certified in-home care providers. She worries about the relative lack of policing that is currently going on in the "companion sitter" companies, and seeks to require that these providers of Boca Raton home care services
be licensed and vetted by the state, and that their employees be required to undergo the same strict background checks that all his own employees undergo as providers of Boca Raton home care services.
"For the health and well-being of the vulnerable people who require in-home care, as well as the peace of mind and security of their loved ones who care and worry about them from afar, we owe it to our elderly and infirm to tighten the measures we use to determine who is able to provide in-home care," Lisa Kaufman was quoted as saying. "The Boca Raton home care services
industry will benefit as a whole from an improved reputation, as these potentially sinister organizations are weeded out and the reputable companies remain. There is nothing to lose by implementing stricter measures in this area, and much to gain."
Kaufman Boca Raton home care services company Boca Home Care is certified and accredited by a national organization of home care providers who self-police, ranking each member organization according to a number of metrics including thoroughness of background checks performed on employees. Given that an in-home caregiver typically will have access to a home in which the owner is unable to perform basic life functions on their own, let alone defend themselves against violence or theft, Kaufman is not alone in believing that the screening process is absolutely vital to ensuring the integrity of the industry and the safety and security of those involved.About:
Lisa Kaufman is a provider of Boca Raton home care services
with over 20 years of experience.