Oregon Home Care Commission

Who is a Consumer Employer?

A consumer employer is an individual who employs a homecare or personal support worker to provide their in-home care.

STEPS to Success with Homecare/Personal Support Workers

Steps to Success promotes successful working relationships between consumer-employers and homecare workers. You will learn about being an effective employer and gain insight, information and skills to help you make the most of your in-home services. Get more information and find out if you are eligible to participate in Steps to Success.

Manuals and Guides

Resources for Private Pay Consumers

People who use their own money to pay for help at home often use the Commission’s Registry to find and hire a caregiver as his or her employee.  All workers on the Registry have passed thorough background checks.

To find information about the legal requirements of being a household employer, please review IRS Publication 926: Household Employer’s Tax Guide on the IRS website. The guide includes information about obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN), withholding and reporting state and federal taxes, forms an employee must complete, and keeping important records.  The IRS can also be reached by phone at 1-877-777-4778.

To find information about other in-home service options, please visit the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon​ (ADRC)’s website​ or call 1-855-673-2372.

Consumer Employer tax information

Consumer/Employers of Homecare and Personal Support Workers fall into one of two categories:

  • Consumer/Employers receive Medicaid or OPI services through the Department of Human Services (DHS). All applicable tax withholdings are automatically withheld from the homecare workers provider check and sent to the appropriate agency.
  • Domestic Employers/Private Pay Consumer/Employers pay for in-home caregivers with their own funds. These employers may be responsible for paying state unemployment insurance and other state taxes, as well as federal, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and may also need to complete other documents. 
For more tax information see the publications below and contact the agencies if you have questions.

​Looking for in-home support? Try the Registry!

The Registry is a powerful tool for persons who experience disability, their families, and those who work as a Personal Support Worker or Homecare Worker. 
Here’s how it works:
  1. A worker creates a Registry profile.
  2. A person hiring a worker creates a Registry profile.
  3. Registry matches the profiles to create a list of workers
  4. Person hiring worker either:
    1. Calls worker for interview, or
    2. Not quite right? Place a help wanted ad!
    3. Worker responds to help wanted ad.
Create your account today and take a look around.