Home health care workers are those that come into the home and care for our elderly. In many cases, these individuals are very well respected and are above all illegal activity, however, there are those that get past the interview of the individual or the company that are not so upright and honest.
In a recent study, one hundred home health workers had been convicted of some type of crime between 1996 and 1999. You may have even read in the news about Patrick Dwyer, owner/operator of Dependable Home Health Care, Inc. was indicted for stealing approximately $160,000 in funds from the New York State Insurance Fund. This was believed to occur when he stole a patient's identity in order to file bogus claims.
Today, it is hard to trust anyone whether they are a company or if you are the person performing the interview. If you are in this situation, you will want to ensure that the person you are inviting into your home to help with household chores, running errands in your vehicle, etc... is trustworthy and professional.
The way in which to do this is to perform a background check. This can be easily accomplished online. Today, there are companies, such as Public Records Pro that offers a searchable database that will allow you to search by name and social security number. You will be able to learn if the person has a criminal record as well as other pertinent information like previous employment. Using this database will help find the best possible home health care worker after performing a thorough background check.