A Friendly Welcome
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.
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 - 50/hr is charged for day rates, depending on the case, # of clients (couples, for example), level of care and how extensive needs are, with a minimum two hour charge. 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 may 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 - 40/hr.)
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.
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, or even consider using a payroll service.
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. I'm also happy to be paid through a payroll service, such as GTM or PayChex.
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.