When your elderly loved ones start aging up and you could not have the time or the experiences to help them. Families start to deciding between an independent caregiver and a professional caregiver who is hired through a home care agency.
The differences between both of them that the independent caregiver will be someone like a friend, neighbor, or a family member. However, on the other hand, the caregiver hired through a home care agency has more experiences and knowledge.
Home Agencies are licensed Businesses
Home care agencies are licensed businesses that employ caregivers send them to the home of your loved ones. The caregiver who is hired through a home care agency is more professional. They could provide to your loved one’s medical care and non-medical care.
Professional medical care is such as nursing or nursing assistant or medical care. Non-medical care is daily activities such as meal prepping, eating, bathing. All of those tasks could be provided without any professional training.
Differences between independent and professional caregivers
It is a challenge to found an independent caregiver who is professional and also licensed. However, home care could provide a professional caregiver that is licensed. The professional caregiver could provide services as injections, disabilities, assist with meals and nutrition.
The difference between the independent caregiver and the professional caregiver. When a family works with a home care agency decides that they are unhappy with the quality of care they are receiving. The family can simply request a different caregiver from the same home care agency.
In contrast, families who have hired an independent caregiver. When the family is unhappy with the quality of care. They must go through the process of searching, hiring, and training a new independent caregiver.
Cost Differences and Why?
Home care agencies are more expensive than independent caregivers, but as mentioned before that they are more professional and licensed.
The average hourly rate for home care through a home care agency is around $21 per hour. On the other hand, independent caregivers are much less they will receive around $15 to $17 per hour.
They are significant state and regional differences in the hourly cost of home care. These differences will be the hours that the family will put in hiring and management.
Therefore, the home care agency helps the family by many free matching services available to find a good match for them.