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Exploring Home Care Assistance Options In Maple Grove, MN

There are many different options for receiving in home care assistance for your senior loved one

If you are looking for quality home care services for your senior mom or dad, you may want to consider doing a little bit of research in order to know what questions to ask when you speak to agency representatives or independent care providers. The following information can help you understand the difference between various caregiving business structures and determine what type of home care assistance would be most appropriate for your senior loved one.

Most Common Home Care Services

Both agencies and independent contractors offer customized services that are usually a combination of the following:

•           Homemaking and companionship care - This can include a range of activities such as light housekeeping, laundering, meal preparation, medication reminders, grocery shopping, incidental transportation, and more.

•           Personal care - This comprises of home care assistance with hygiene, toileting, incontinence care, transferring and positioning, and special diet/meal preparation and feeding.

•           Specialized services - Specialized services generally provide support for seniors with special care needs. Specialized types of care include 24 hour home care, transitioning home, end of life care, and dementia care.

Business Structure Variations

Most US caregivers operate under one of these three business structure models:

•       Employment-based agencies

•       Registries

•       Independent providers

Employment-based agencies

An employment-based agency can either be a corporation or a corporate affiliate such as a subsidiary or a franchise. Some of the benefits of hiring professional home care assistance through an employment-based agency include:

•       Agencies are responsible for all fringe costs such as insurance and taxes.

•       Agencies run thorough background checks and require references before hiring.

•       Agencies provide training to ensure a high quality of service.

•       Agencies have a large roster of caregivers and can easily provide replacements when primary caregivers are not available.

Registries

Registries are in charge of managing databases and running background checks. It is important to note that registries only act as matchmaking services, meaning they do not employ, train or oversee their caregivers. Registered caregivers are filed as contract laborers whose employment arrangements may vary. If you’d like to hire professional home care assistance through a registry, we strongly advise you to inquire about training, certifications, and fringe cost before making a final decision.

Independent Caregivers

An independent caregiver can be virtually anyone outside the agency/registry business-organizational structure – a trustworthy friend, someone from the community you know personally or someone who advertises their services in the local papers. If you hire an independent caregiver, it is important to know that, in most cases, all fringe costs befall on the client. You will also have to run background and reference checks, oversee the caregiver, and provide additional training if needed.

If you need any additional information or guidance, feel free to call our Maple Grove, MN, office today. We are happy to help!

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