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Types of Home Care

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care in Palatine, Illinois.

Best Home Care Options From Comfort Keepers in Palatine, IL

Your guide to discovering the best home care options for your senior loved one

Exploring the best home care options for a senior loved one may leave you wondering what types of home care exist and what their main differences are. The following information can help you determine what type of care would best fit both your loved one and your family.

Overview of Common In Home Care Services

  • Homemaking and companion care encompasses a plethora of activities, such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundering, running errands, medication reminders, incidental transportation, and of course, companionship.
  • Personal care including assistance with personal hygiene, such as bathing and grooming, toileting, incontinence care, and help with feeding when necessary.
  • Specialized services, providing support for clients with advanced care needs and including around-the-clock care, transitioning care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and end of life care.

Differences in Business Structures

There are three different business models within the US caregiving industry, including employment-based agencies, registries, and independent providers.

Employment-Based Agencies

This type of agency can act as a corporation, subsidiary or franchise. Hiring a professional caregiver from an employment-based agency may be the best home care for your senior loved one. This option offers many benefits since agencies cover all the fringe costs for their employees, such as insurance and all taxes, run background and reference checks of the candidates, provide training, and meet all other requirements to ensure the highest quality of service.


Registries manage databases, run background checks, and act as intermediaries between clients and registered care providers. Registries do not employ, train or oversee professional caregivers registered in their system; they just provide matchmaking services. Registry members are categorized as contract laborers whose employment arrangements often vary from case to case. If you are considering hiring a home care provider through a registry, make sure to check who is responsible for hidden costs, such as employment tax and insurance, and what training and certification caregivers possess.

Independent Caregivers

An independent care provider can be anyone who does not belong to any organizational structure, such as a company, agency or registry. This can be a trustworthy friend, someone who is active in the community or someone you’ve found through an advertisement in the local papers. Before hiring an independent caregiver, note that in the majority of cases, the client is responsible for employment taxes, deduction and insurance policies, and other fringe costs. Moreover, the client also checks the background and references of the independent caregiver.

If you require guidance, advice or any additional information when choosing the best home care option for your senior loved one, please contact our Palatine, IL, office today at (847) 250-9179. All of our caregivers are employed, bonded, and insured by the Comfort Keepers franchise. We are at your service!