Assessing Comfort Keeperss Senior In Home Care Options in Charlotte, NC
Senior in home care services are not all the same
There are many senior in home care services and providers available and choosing the right option for your loved one can seem daunting. Before selecting an organization or individual to provide care, it helps to do research and learn about the differences between the options available in Charlotte, NC.
Typical Services for Senior In Home Care
Before choosing a provider, consider the care services your senior family member needs. Caregivers typically provide a mix of the following services:
- Companionship and homemaking: Services such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, medication reminders, and transportation.
- Personal care: Includes bathing and grooming, hygiene assistance, dressing, toileting, and incontinence care.
- Specialized services: These can include dementia and Alzheimer’s care, 24-hour care, respite care for family caretakers, transitional care during recovery, and more.
Home Care Business Structures
There are typically three types of business structures for senior in home care: employment-based agencies, registries, or independent providers. These differ primarily by who is considered to be the caregiver’s employer and who is responsible for liability insurance, tax deductions, and other fringe costs.
Franchises, subsidiaries, and corporations are employment-based agencies. The benefit of choosing a caregiver from this type of agency is that the organization will take care of background checks, interviews, hiring, training, insurance, and other associated costs for the caregiver.
Registries are like a database of caregivers and are not responsible for caregiver training, but some do background checks. Clients who hire from a registry are considered the care aide’s employer, so if you do so make sure it is clear who will be withholding employment taxes and providing liability insurance as the registry may not handle this in all cases.
When choosing to hire an independent caregiver, understand that you will legally be considered the employer. This means that you will be accountable for the same responsibilities that an employment-based agency would have concerning the caregiver’s employment, insurance, and other costs. Independents can be found in the classifieds, but often are hired due to knowing the client personally beforehand.
To learn more about your options when choosing senior in home care providers in Charlotte, NC, we will be happy to help. Contact us or call (704) 980-7620 to speak with a Comfort Keepers care specialist today.