Senior Care Agency Vs Private Caregiver Pros And Cons

One of the questions that we often times get asked is the benefit of a senior care agency vs private caregiver to provide in-home care for your loved ones. While it may seem cheaper to go with a private caregiver, consider following points before deciding what you want to do.

Home Care Agency

Independent Personal Attendant

Caregiver backup for emergencies We are ready and able to fill the need with one phone call. None. Home care backup is extra stress to your family.
Bonding, liability & workers comp. insurance Our staff are bonded and insured, giving you peace of mind that if the caregiver hurt themselves in your home they would not sue your home owners insurance policy. Usually none. It’s your responsibility to investigate any insurance held by these individuals. Private individuals can sue your home owners insurance policy if hurt on the job.
Quality control & supervision of home care staff • All cases are carefully monitored and supervised by our supervisors and management team.
• Random visits made regularly.
• Family members kept informed on a regular basis.
These individuals are completely independent and lack formal supervision.
Continuing caregiver training We provide continual mandatory in-service caregiver training. These individuals may or may not continue to build upon their knowledge and skills.
Payroll, taxes, and IRS We assume responsibility. You are responsible for reporting and remitting state, federal, and FICA taxes to the proper tax authorities.
Criminal background and reference checks Our employees are carefully screened at the time of hire with several layers of thorough background checks. Approximately 90% of applicants do not meet our high standards. It is your responsibility to check the background of the individual.
Flexibility of home care services Your home care service requirements will rarely stay the same. If the skill level or amount of care that you require increases or decreases, we can accommodate your needs. Skills are fixed to the particular individual, and you pay for the skills they can perform rather than the skills you need.
Experience Our caregivers have been delivering quality home care to satisfied clients for an average of over seven years. Variable.
General availability We can provide home care services to you and your family 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. Your caregiver is available on weekends and holidays. One person means limited days and hours. You are responsible for staffing a replacement for sudden sickness, time off, emergencies, and vacations. Employment transitions mean that you start all over again.

Taking care of your loved ones is a long term decision and is often a stressful one. Make sure you consider all the above points before deciding between going with a senior care agency vs private caregiver. Contact us to discuss your senior care needs or if you have more questions

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