Benefits of a Home Care Agency vs. a Private Caregiver
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As people age, they may start struggling with activities of daily living like running errands, dressing, bathing, or cooking. In most cases, family members will not be able to care for their elderly relatives on their own and may have to seek external help.
If so, the family will have two options: a home care agency or a private caregiver. Taking a closer look at the many benefits of a home care agency can help you decide if this is the best option for you.
Some benefits of a home care agency over a private caregiver include:
A Whole Team's Support
Choosing an in-home care agency is a big decision, but there are some amazing benefits. At Comfort Keepers, we match our clients with caregivers based on their unique needs and personalities. We also have a team of caregivers who can help. If any caregiver can't make it to work, a care coordinator will find a substitute to cover for them. This will ensure the clients are always being cared for.
Caregivers working for an in-home care agency, like Comfort Keepers, must undergo stringent screening. When you hire us, you can rest assured knowing your loved one is in safe hands. At Comfort Keepers, we also screen our caregivers for empathy.
Private caregivers don't have to prove their qualifications or experience because there are no background checks. You never know what type of person you will be working with.
Supervision and Monitoring
There is no supervision with private caregivers, but at Comfort Keepers, we monitor and supervise our caregivers for quality assurance. Additionally, we provide ongoing training for our caregivers to ensure they keep up with industry standards. Furthermore, if a caregiver is not performing as expected, they can be replaced. All these ensure that our clients get high-quality care.
Benefits and Payroll
As a home care agency, we take care of our caregivers, ensuring they get fair pay and benefits. We also deal with matters of time off and pay raises, ensuring the caregiver is happy and motivated. At Comfort Keepers, our caregivers are important to us!
Private caregivers are paid directly by those who hire them, meaning it would be your responsibility to handle their taxes, vacation days, benefits, and payment schedule. This can lead to disagreements if some parts of the agreement are not met.
Types of Care
Comfort Keepers offers a broad range of support and care for our clients, ranging from grooming, dressing, bathing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, and companionship. We can also help with errands, meal preparation, and shopping.
On the other hand, independent caregivers offer only a limited amount of support and care services. Additionally, these private practitioners may lack the capacity to deal with emergencies or adapt to the level of care required as your loved ones' needs change over time.
As you can see, there are many reasons to opt for a home care agency. If you want more information about in-home care, contact Comfort Keepers of Philadelphia now. We are here to help!