I would value a few opinions about this issue. My mother, aged 90, is quite physically challenged with Parkinson's but of full mental capacity. She lives in a retirement flat independently, but we have used a local agency to provide her with a carer for an hour four times a week to help with shopping, cleaning, tidying, laundry and general domestics. She doesn't yet need personal care. She has of course developed a close and chatty relationship with the regular carers and they have been telling her how hard life is managing on minimum wage.
Of course, the hourly rate she pays the agency is about double this, but I feel it is important that the agency provides us all with peace of mind. Mother now wants to stop using the agency and just pay the girls cash directly. Would cost her less and give them more. She is very cross with me that I do not agree. I should add that she can well afford the current situation, it is not a case of limited resources.
I am very worried on several counts. The agency provides insurance cover and background checks on all staff. The agency complies with all employer obligations, I believe that just paying cash direct is regarded as the black economy and is illegal. If there is any problem I can require the agency to sort it out.
What do others feel?
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