When it comes time to seek outside care for an elderly or disabled loved one, families are left to choose between using a privately owned elder care company or hiring an independent caregiver. This choice is not one to be taken lightly, as the care of a loved one is at stake.
We recently interviewed a professional caregiver who had dealt with homecare management in the past, and it was no surprise to find out the lack of understanding she had (and still has) about regulations, structures, and rules in the industry. The following is a re-cap of one of our discussions with a professional caregiver.
What Caregivers Are Saying About Working With Homecare Agencies
Our interviewee told us, "When first working for Ezra Home Care, there were a lot of questions on my part about PR and marketing, as well as the basics of this industry. One big question of mine was 'Why should one choose an elder care private agency rather than hire an independent caregiver?' "
"After much research using Google, I found some good answers, but with most people leading such busy lifestyles today, there really isn't a lot of time to go off searching. Hours tend to be more precious and filled up these days. Although I was able to find my answers, the information was so vast and complicated that I'm happy to condense it into one lump for easy-to-understand reading."
Private Elder Care Agency vs. Independent Caregiver
The caregiver we interviewed shared a few pros and cons with the hope that it will help others who find themselves in need of homecare services. If one hires a private homecare agency, such as Ezra Home Care, they will typically receive the following benefits:
- Caregivers that are insured and bonded
- Guaranteed continuous coverage
- Caregivers specifically selected to match the client’s personality and needs
Private home care services that provide elder care are also responsible for:
- Payroll taxes
- Background checks for all caregivers
- Workman's Compensation coverage in case of on-the-job injury
Private Elder Care Agencies are able to look after everything for you because they work under a business model, using scheduling programs in addition to a reputable system of homecare software, such as ClearCare Online, enabling them to keep everything in order and provide excellent service.
After outlining the pros and cons, our interviewee summed it up well "...Choosing an independent caregiver makes you totally responsible for all of the above. Not especially something one needs in their busy lives when they want the best care for their loved one!"