Using A Home Care Agency Vs. Hiring an Independent Personal Attendant
|Home Care Agency||Independent Personal Attendant|
|Caregiver backup for emergencies||We are ready and able to fill the need with one phone call.||None. Home care backup is extra stress to your family.|
|Bonding, liability & workers’ comp. insurance||Our staff are bonded and insured, giving you peace of mind that if the caregiver hurt themselves in your home they would not sue your homeowners insurance policy.||Usually none. It’s your responsibility to investigate any insurance held by these individuals. Private individuals can sue your homeowners insurance policy if hurt on the job.|
|Quality control & supervision of home care staff||
||These individuals are completely independent and lack formal supervision.|
|Continuing caregiver training||We provide continual mandatory in-service caregiver training.||These individuals may or may not continue to build upon their knowledge and skills.|
|Payroll, taxes, and IRS||We assume responsibility.||You are responsible for reporting and remitting state, federal, and FICA taxes to the proper tax authorities.|
|Criminal background and reference checks||Our employees are carefully screened at the time of hire with several layers of thorough background checks. Approximately 90% of applicants do not meet our high standards.||It is your responsibility to check the background of the individual.|
|Flexibility of home care services||Your home care service requirements will rarely stay the same.
If the skill level or amount of care that you require increases or decreases, we can accommodate your needs.
|Skills are fixed to the particular individual, and you pay for the skills they can perform rather than the skills you need.|
|Experience||Our caregivers have been delivering quality home care to satisfied clients for an average of over seven years.||Variable|
|General availability|| We can provide home care services to you and your family 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.
Your caregiver is available on weekends and holidays.
|One person means limited days and hours. You are responsible for staffing a replacement for sudden sickness, time off, emergencies, and vacations. Employment transitions mean that you start all over again.|