State College, Pennsylvania
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Types of Home Care

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Types of Home Care Services in State College, Altoona, Clearfield, PA, and Nearby Cities

Find information about the different types of home care and providers of care in State College, Altoona, Clearfield, and the surrounding area

In home care services are an incredible resource for older adults and can help seniors live safely and comfortably while enjoying their golden years in the comfort of their homes. If you've noticed that your loved one is beginning to need additional care around the home, it may be time to consider all of your options. Finding the best services for your loved one will take some time and will depend on a number of factors and we understand that the process can be overwhelming. 

Understanding the differences between the services will help you make the best decision for your family. To help you in your research, we’ve put together a brief guide of the types of home care services available in and around State College, PA.

Standard Home Care Services

The majority of home care service providers offer homemaking and companion care as well as various types of personal care, and specialized services such as 24 hour care and more intensive care for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia. They usually operate as employment-based agencies, registries, or independent providers. The business structure that ends up working out best for you and your loved one will depend on their particular needs and resources.

Employment-Based Agencies

These sorts of agencies can be corporations, subsidiaries, and/or franchises. The major benefit of these business structures is that the agencies themselves take care of background checks and thorough vetting and costs like insurance and taxes. At the same time, since seniors are not directly employing any caregivers, they are not burdened with employer laws and requirements.


Registries are basically very extensive databases of senior caregivers. They do not employ senior caregivers, but rather connect them with clients. Most often, caregivers from registries work under temporary contracts, and your loved one would be responsible, in most cases, for taking care of their taxes and insurance coverage. If you decide that a registry is the best option for you, be sure to ask a lot of questions, carefully read contracts, and know everything there is to know about this sort of arrangement going forward. Using a registry may not be the best option for seniors who are dealing with chronic health conditions or the loss of a partner.

Independent Caregivers

Independent caregivers can be just about anyone. This category includes both family caregivers and amateur caregivers with no certification. It can also include professional and experienced caregivers who are self-employed. These home care providers are not vetted, so that aspect of employment would fall on you.

Do you have more questions about the different types of home care services that we provide in State College, Altoona, Clearfield and the surrounding areas of PA? Contact us online or give us a call now at (814) 283-6162