Grand Junction, Colorado
514 28 1/4 Rd Ste 5, Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 232-2165
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Types of Home Care

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Types Of Home Care For Seniors

Comfort Keepers offers an array of home care options for seniors

Before you start exploring quality care options for your senior parent in Grand Junction, CO, you’ll probably want to know what types of home care for seniors are available and how they differ. We’ve compiled the following information to help you determine what type of care would be best for your aging loved one.

To begin, the most common home care services include:

  • Companion care includes a wide array of activities, including light housekeeping, laundering, meal preparation, medication reminders, running errands, incidental transportation, and companionship.
  • Personal care includes help with personal hygiene, bathing, grooming, toileting, incontinence care, dressing, and feeding for those who are unable to feed themselves.
  • Specialized services for older adults with advanced care needs, including 24 hour home care, transitioning home, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and end of life care.

Different Business Structures

The US caregiving industry branches into three different business models: employment-based agencies, registries, and independent providers. Now, let’s take a closer look at how these different models operate.

Employment-Based Agencies

An employment-based agency can be either a corporation, a subsidiary or a franchise. Hiring professional home care for seniors through an agency may be the best solution for your family since this option offers many benefits to the client. Agencies cover all fringe costs, including tax and insurance, run thorough background and reference checks before hiring caregivers, provide further training for their employees, and meet other requirements that ensure a high quality of service.


On the other hand, registries act more like a matchmaking service. This means registries run background checks and manage databases. However, they do not employ, train or oversee professional care providers in their system, they just act as intermediaries between clients and registered caregivers. In fact, registered caregivers are categorized as contract laborers whose employment arrangements may vary from case to case.

Before hiring home care for seniors through a registry, you might want to check a caregiver’s qualifications and credentials and determine which party is responsible for fringe costs like employment and insurance policy.

Independent Caregivers

An independent caregiver can be basically anyone who is not registered or employed by an agency. It can be a close friend, a trustworthy neighbor or someone who was recommended to the family through word of mouth. If you opt for independently provided home care for seniors, bear in mind that in the vast majority of cases, you are legally considered the caregiver’s employer, which means you are the one responsible for employment tax, deduction and insurance policies, and any other hidden costs. You will also be the one conducting background and reference checks in this case.

For guidance or any additional information, please get in touch with our Grand Junction, CO, office today at {{phoneNumber}}. Our caregivers are all employed, bonded, and insured by the Comfort Keepers franchise. We are here for you!