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My name is Daniela Filmer and I'm a self-employed Private Duty Caregiver, serving the Senior Communities of Albany, New York and it's surrounding areas. I have cared for many people over the years, in independent living facilities, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, as well as private residences.

A little more about me:

I have been providing home care since 2007 and have built an excellent reputation for providing quality compassionate and reliable care to my clients.

I have cared for numerous patients on hospice care in private residences. I have also been caring for clients who reside in other independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities in the area, in addition to private residences.

SERVICES PROVIDED
Elder care; companion care, palliative and hospice care; errands, accompany to doctor's appointments.
Transportation provided for certain clients, depending on their mobility, as my vehicle is fully insured for transporting clients. 
Referrals to caregivers when I am too booked to take on a new case.

$25/hour is charged for day rates
, with a minimum two hour charge, within Albany. For cases outside of the area, 4 hour minimum, or more, depending on how much farther out from Albany the case is located. Cases farther away require a gas stipend to be paid separately from the invoiced amount for care each week. GasBuddy.com is typically used to calculate the amount charged for gas stipend. 

RE: Minimum charge: if your loved one is settled & situated before the minimum hours are over, and caregiver is dismissed for the remainder of the shift, the minimum charge would still be invoiced.

$30/hr - $35/hr is charged for hours between 11 pm-7am, depending on the activity level of the shift. 
(Completely awake overnights are always 35/hr.)

$35/hr - $45/hr for Couples, depending on the level of care and how extensive needs are.

Time and a half is charged on the following holidays:
  •  12 midnight - 12 midnight Easter, July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving 
  •  7am Christmas Eve Day through Christmas Day, until 7am Dec 26th
  •  7am from New Year's Eve Day through New Year's Day until 7am Jan 2nd
CANCELLATIONS  100% of the booking is charged for last minute cancellations. 
48 hrs notice is needed for no charge to be incurred. 
47-25 hrs notice is billed at 50% of the booking. 
Anything less than 24 hrs notice is billed at 100% of the booking.
This makes it fair where we meet in the middle.

FOR CASES THAT ARE ONGOING, REGULARLY BOOKED HOURS: If the family member becomes hospitalized, or ends up in rehab, it is assumed that the schedule of care will remain, and your family member will be accompanied throughout the hospital/rehab experience. This is typical in this field. It's great to have someone there advocating for your family member, since being in the hospital or rehab can be a lonely and challenging experience. 

Otherwise, if the schedule is discontinued during the hospitalization or rehab, the average weekly amount the family has typically booked for care will be invoiced, in order to keep your loved on on the schedule, so that the time slot will remain reserved for your family member upon discharge.

The same applies if the  family member goes away on vacation, or away for some extended period of time and if family still wishes to keep the same caregiver booked upon their return. The average weekly amount will be invoiced, to reserve that space in the schedule for availability upon the family member's return home.

* Of course, family has the option to discontinue the schedule indefinitely, with the understanding the caregiver(s) will likely be booked elsewhere once the family member is off the schedule. Another care team can be created (as long as availability allows with other caregivers in the network), upon discharge, if that is what the family prefers.

Please note: there is no cancellation policy when the client passes away.

Fill-ins provided on an as-needed basis. Since life can be unpredictable and things happen, please know that I am acquainted with numerous excellent caregivers and am happy to refer a fill-in, unless the family would rather handle such occasions.

All clients are encouraged to file a 1099 at the end of each tax year.
An invoice will be emailed to you every week, usually late on Sunday evenings, or, worst case scenario, on Monday mornings. I welcome checks being mailed, left at the home, or direct deposit into my checking account, so please indicate how payment would be made weekly.

Background Checks. I have 3 background checks on file with Care.com, one from July 2016, Apr 2015 and one from Nov 2014.  Upon request, you may also initiate a background check request and have first access to the results of the background check. In this day and age, anyone can mock up anything on a computer, and make it look official. This way, you can rest assured that the results are legitimate and 100% real. Also you will be reimbursed for the cost of the background check up to $75.00. (Most background checks cost between $20 - $50).

Drug Testing. I am willing to submit to drug testing (including a hair follicle drug test) at any time, random or otherwise.

PLEASE NOTE: Homes with firearms will not be considered.

Do you have any questions? Feel free to ask anything.

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