Senior care at home is becoming an increasingly popular option for many families as more and more individuals wish to age in place. Private caregivers within the home is a viable option for those who wish to remain in their own home, even if they need assistance with daily activities. Hiring a caregiver is completed in two ways. One may hire a caregiver by going through a home care agency or by using a nurse registry.
A home care agency seems to be the safer route versus a nurse registry. However, with increased comfort comes higher costs. Caregivers within a home care agency are employees of the agency. Caregivers within home care agencies also receive:
One of the many concerns for families when hiring a private caregiver is the fear of a no-show. What happens if the usual caregiver is unavailable? Home care agencies are able to provide back-up caregivers in a moments notice, where are nurse registries cannot make the guarantee.
A nurse registry provides a caregivers at a lower cost because the caregivers are not employees of the company, rather independent contractors. The nurse registry is not responsible for the caregiver due to the nature of employment. Nurse registries may be beneficial because:
Unfortunately a nurse registry does not have the oversight to guarantee a new caregiver should a caregiver be unable to show. Where a home care agency would provide a staffed caregiver, the nurse registry may not be able to provide a caregiver that matches a the needs of the family.
Finding the right care team for your family may take some time. It’s important to understand what your needs are as a collective unit. Keep in mind, there is no harm in starting the search process over and over again. Afterall, the right caregiver can make all the difference for you, your loved one and your entire family. Don’t stop until you’re absolutely satisfied.