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Types of Home Care Aide for Seniors in Centennial, CO, and Surrounding Areas

Comfort Keepers home care aide providers offer various in home care services

Although hiring a professional home care aide may be one of the best care solutions for your senior loved one, there are many legal considerations and other details you need to pay attention to before deciding on a certain option. Informing yourself in advance about different care options can help you provide the best quality of care for your senior mom or dad.

A General Outline of Services

The majority of agencies and independent contractors provide a customized combination of services that can include personal care (hygiene assistance, incontinence care, etc.), companionship care and help with activities of daily living (house maintenance, meal preparation, running errands, medication reminders, incidental transportation, etc.), and specialized care (24-hour home care, transitioning home, dementia care, end of life care, etc.)

Difference between Business Structures

Typically, the market of home care services consists of three subdivisions which include employment-based agencies, registries, and independent care providers. When considering viable care options for your loved one, it is very important to know the difference between the three, making sure you are aware who the caregiver’s employer is. Before opting for a home care aide, find out who is responsible for fringe costs such as taxes, workers’ compensation, insurance coverage, and liability insurance. This can save you a lot of money. Let’s try to clarify things.

An employment-based agency can either be a corporation, a subsidiary, or a franchise. This solution offers many benefits for clients. Employment-based agencies cover all the fringe costs, run background and reference checks, and provide training, certifications, and more.

A registry acts as an intermediary between the clients and available caregivers. They manage databases and often run background checks, serving as matchmaking services for clients and care providers alike. Usually, professional caregivers who are registry members are often categorized as contract laborers with different employment arrangements. If you are considering hiring a home care aide through a registry, you should know that in some cases the client is the employing party, meaning that they have to cover taxes and insurance. Furthermore, unlike employment-based agencies, registries do not provide training for caregivers. 

As for independent caregivers, virtually anyone can fall into the category - a trustworthy friend or acquaintance, a person from the neighborhood or a home care aide who is not a part of any organized caregiving structure. It is important to note that the client is responsible for the independent caregiver’s employment, taxes and deductions, and general liability and insurance coverage. The client also checks the background and references of the person they are about to employ.

For any further information, feel free to call our local Comfort Keepers office today. We treat our personnel as employees, meaning they are fully bonded, insured, and covered by workers’ compensation.

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