Hiring Independently VS Agencies -Pro's/Con's For Both

Yes, I will tell you the pro's and con's of BOTH. In most companies, this would be considered insane since it would take away from KHOBCARE, LLC. However, everyone cannot afford the care services like others. As soon as I opened this company, my goal was to assist as many families as possible. In fact, I have assisted families with independent home health aides in their area of choice. The appreciation and gratification I received ended up being worth the effort. So let's dive into this blog just a little closer:

Once you decide your elderly loved one needs a caregiver, you'll need to decide whether you'll hire an independent caregiver or enlist the help of a home care agency. Throughout this article, we'll discuss the pros and cons of both private and agency caregivers so you'll know the differences between the two.

Personal caregivers must be hired directly by the family without any intermediary. Non-medical care is typically provided by private caregivers, except in extremely rare cases.

Pros of Private Care

  • Personal Selection: When searching for a private caretaker, you have full control of the entire selection process. However, you have this control but with less of the work when you choose Active Senior Care, as we send caregivers for free interviews with clients.

  • Lower Cost: You can negotiate a lower salary for the caregiver and determine how much you’ll pay as well as the terms of payment.

  • One-on-One Relationship: While it’s possible to develop a stronger and long-lasting relationship with a private caregiver, you can also develop long-lasting relationships with home care agencies or nurse registries. We have many clients who have had the same caregiver for years.

Cons of Private Care

  • Hiring Is Time Consuming: No matter how well you search and how many referrals you get, finding a reliable and experienced private caregiver is a very difficult process. Many clients don’t even know what makes a great caregiver, so it’s difficult for them to find one.

  • Private Professionals Are Scarce: Most of the professionally trained caregivers that can offer medical care do not work as independent caregivers.

  • Hidden Expenses: You must treat your caregiver as an employee, so you need to manage payroll logistics, comply with IRS regulations and pay various taxes.

  • Responsibility for Liabilities: You must bear the cost of all work-related injuries and accidents. This means you need to pay for liability insurance.

  • Backup Plans Are Needed: Caregivers work hard, and they could get sick or need rest at various times. When this happens, you must have a backup plan to get someone to take care of the recipient.

Agency Caregivers

Caregiver referrals can be made through Home Care Agencies and Nurse Registries. Professional caregivers are recruited and screened before they are sent to the home of your aging loved one. If you are considering hiring a home care agency or a Nurse Registry over private caregivers, one of the main advantages is that a home care agency can provide non-medical care, such as meal preparation, eating, bathing, and assistance with mobility, as well as medical care.

Pros of Working With Agency Caregivers

  • Large Pool of Caregivers: Agencies recruit and hire different types of professional and non-professional caregivers, so there’s a constant supply of experienced caregivers to take care of your elderly loved one.

  • Background Checks: Agencies know the important characteristics of caregivers. So they can take the responsibility for medical examinations, drug screening, background checks and verification of licenses and qualifications so you can receive a caregiver into your home with peace of mind.

  • Minimal Paperwork: You don’t need to get bogged down with endless documentation and filing of employment and tax papers.

  • Liability Reduction: Agencies insure all their caregivers, so you don’t need to pay for liability insurance to cover damages, injury or theft.

  • No Need for Contingency Plans: If a caregiver falls sick, another person will be available to replace or stand in for them.

Cons of Agency Care

  • Higher Cost: The cost of hiring a caregiver through an agency may be higher than the lower fees charged by independent caregivers. In comparison with other agencies, we are the most affordable.

  • Schedules Are Defined: Caregivers provided by agencies usually work fixed schedules, so a patient may be seeing different caregivers at certain times if their main caregiver is not available during a rescheduled time. However, 24/7 care is usually available when necessary.

Do not be stunned by this information, as there are a lot of families who also have the same questions, so trust that you aren't alone. Why are we sharing this information? Many families are scared to ask the important questions because they don't want to appear indifferent. Having helped so many is the cherry on top of our "we've helped so many" claim. There's a real genuine passion for helping, and we're committed to supplying those in need with reliable Home Health Aides. As of 2022, 6 companies in the healthcare industry have closed their doors after 10+ years. Taking the time to speak with a company just to ask what struggles they were facing? One couple told me they struggled with lack of reliable care staff.

Does this sound familiar? If seeking independent care staff and managing Human Resources on top of trying to manage your own day-to-day isn't a pickle, "we get it.". Healthcare providers and facility operators alike face challenges. I hope that the information provided here is helpful to whoever reads it, Chow!

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