Home Care Agency Benefits – Know The Differences

Cleaning the house. Preparing meals. Getting groceries. Is accomplishing daily household activities becoming a challenge for you or a loved one? Even bathing and dressing, without someone nearby to assist, can be worrisome.

We often turn to family members to help with care needs. However, sometimes that can be burdensome or even impossible. Outside support may be the answer, but how do you determine the best options?

There are many home care providers to choose from. Comparing the options is an important step to making a decision that best fits your needs.

Use this chart to guide your decision. Designed to help you compare the various forms of care available, it will help you reach an informed conclusion. The table illustrates the differences between three common forms of caregiving options:

  • Home care agencies
  • Employment agencies
  • Privately hiring a caregiver
  Home Care Agency Employment Agency Private Hire
Train and supervise staff Yes No No
Conduct background checks Yes Maybe
Not Required
No
Drug screenings Yes Maybe
Not Required
No
Licensed, bonded, insured Yes Maybe
Not Required
No
Governed by state regulations Yes No No
Withhold employment taxes Yes No No
Provide workers compensation coverage Yes No No
Insurance and taxes are managed eliminating the liability for the patient or family  Yes No No

In the state of Illinois, all Home Health, Home Care and Home Nursing agencies must be licensed. These standards have been set up to protect seniors that require these types of services. It also serves as a safeguard, because elder abuse is all too common.

Fortunately, there are good options for you to consider. Home and Hearth Caregivers is a full service provider of non-medical home assistance in the greater Chicago metropolitan homes of seniors living in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties in Illinois.

Our goal is to provide your with safe, effective affordable care, all while in the familiar comforts of your own home. We deliver personalized service in familiar surroundings with the memories you hold dear.

 Contact us for a free home assessment to determine if home care is right for you.