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Affordability and higher quality of life are two of the most attractive attributes of nonmedical homecare for the elderly. For a reasonable hourly fee, a reputable homecare agency will place a properly trained, adequately screened and legally documented caregiver in the elderly consumer’s home to assist him or her with activities of daily living and provide the much-needed companionship many seniors require.

Particularly in the case of around-the-clock help or “live-in” companions, agencies can make quality homecare affordable to seniors and still derive a modest profit in part because, under current law, “companion” workers are exempt from payment of overtime and minimum wage law under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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