Raleigh Geriatric Care Management offers Pros and Cons of Private vs. Agency Home Health Care

When people start out giving care to a sick family member, they usually assume that they will be able to handle the responsibility on their own and on an ongoing basis. In reality, however, this is seldom the case. Often, people who require care deteriorate in their health, and as time passes, more and more care is needed. If the patient requires care because of a chronic injury, although their situation may not get worse, it will certainly not improve over time. No one can commit to giving care alone for the rest of their lives. Part of being a good caretaker is enlisting help when you need it. When you need sustained, long term help to take some of the burden off of you, you have two main choices: agency health care and private health care. Each decision has its pros and cons – the right one for you depends on your needs and situation.
For many people, agency health care is the way to go. When you deal with a health care agency, it is similar to dealing with a temp agency or employment agency. They will have a number of caregivers on their books that they have vetted for qualifications, and they can send you the kind of person you need to help out. Most of these agencies have people with different qualifications, such as people who have experience dealing with dementia patients or people who are used to dealing with a patient who requires complete personal care like bathing and dressing. You can let them know your priorities and they can send someone to meet your requirements. Because they have already done the legwork for you, if you find a reputable agency, then you can relax in the knowledge that the caregiver you are hiring is dependable, safe and will give the patient 100% care and compassion. The agency also handles the paychecks and the taxes, which takes another burden off of you and keeps your own tax situation simple. Some insurance plans will cover part of the charges of working with one of these agencies.
There are some downsides to using an agency, however. First of all, although you can certainly speak up and say you don’t like a particular caregiver, you still have to choose from their pool of works instead of finding people yourself. Also, you are unlikely to deal with only one caregiver when you work with an agency – they may send a different person daily. While this means you never have to worry about being left in a lurch when someone is sick, it can also be confusing to the patient to see a new face every day.
If dealing with an impersonal agency is not for you, then you may want to consider your private health care options. With private health care, you are in charge of finding the caregiver yourself. You do the interviews and the background checks, so you get the peace of mind of knowing that you have checked everyone out to your satisfaction. Working with one private caregiver means you and the patient can bond with them and feel comfortable depending on them.
The downsides to this approach, however, are some of the things that also make it attractive. Sure, you get to choose the caregiver yourself – but do you really know how to check those references adequately? Since you are the boss, you’ll have to handle contracts, wages and taxes. Having one caregiver is ideal, but if they’re sick, you’re stuck. Also, insurance seldom pays for private home help. There are no easy choices when hiring care giving help, and the final decision depends on your circumstances. Researching both options is the best way to figure out what will work for you.


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