Home Care Agency vs. Private Caregivers

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Families that are in search of home care for their aging loved ones usually have numerous questions regarding their options. One of the biggest struggles is deciding whether to hire a home care agency or a private caregiver. We take a deep dive into the key differences and benefits to hiring a home care service over a private caregiver.

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When you work with a home care agency, you have a team of people looking after your loved ones. There are numerous people who can help or offer support to clients and families with whatever concerns or questions they have.

Elsa* is 71 years old and was recently discharged from the hospital after a fall where she injured her arm. Though the fall was not as serious, Elsa’s family wanted to ensure mom was safe in her home. Elsa’s children are unable to be primary caregivers for their mom and therefore looked into home care assistance.

They chose Nurse Next Door for a number of reasons. The care services center (the customer service call center) was available for the family to call for information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for one. Some of Elsa’s children also lived out of state and therefore, were able to arrange for weekly reports on their mom’s progress even though they were unable to visit her regularly. Another big deciding factor was that numerous people from the care services specialists, the care designer (care manager) and caregivers, all worked together to bring the best care to Elsa, giving the family peace of mind that no details would be missed.

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Robert* asked his daughter to help him look for some home care assistance after realizing that daily tasks such as making meals, or even maneuvering the buttons on his shirt were no longer as simple as they once were.

Although Robert needed a caregiver to come in twice a week to help him with light household tasks and security when he went to do his errands. The difficult part was Robert’s changing schedule. The family knew that it would be a challenge to find a caregiver who was available twice a week at varying times and days.

Nurse Next Door became a perfect fit. Robert became familiar and comfortable with a few Nurse Next Door caregivers who were able to meet Robert’s needs in scheduling. This was a huge relief to the family and allowed Robert’s daughter to be at ease when it came to her concerns about her father.

Joannie* was very skeptical about who she allowed in her home. Although her son wanted to get her extra Home Care Agencysupport, Joannie was very resistant to accepting care. Although numerous private caregivers were qualified to take on the tasks at hand, no one seemed to put Joannie’s concerns to rest. It wasn’t until the family invited a Nurse Next Door care designer to meet Joannie, that there was a glimmer of hope.

Care designers ask a series of questions covering both medical needs as well as information that is required in order to find out what makes the client feel happy. So when Joannie met her caregiver Beth* the connection was just about immediate. Beth and Joannie shared a love for performing arts and theatre, understood the importance of tea time and also lived the same part of Ireland at one time in their lives. It was as if Joannie had met her new best friend.

Now, three years later, Joannie and Beth still spend time together and it was all due to the Perfect Match, matching engine that Nurse Next Door used to create a successful pairing between client and caregiver.

So many private caregivers do an amazing job but their resources are limited, to no fault of their own. When clients hire an organization, there are systems in place, policies in order and a full team pushing forward to bring the best care possible to clients and their families, and therefore, ultimately the most comfortable decision for even the most difficult of client care plans.

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  1. Iris

    I am looking for help with meals as my mom does not wish to continue cooking anymore. What kind of services do you provide and at what cost?

  2. Jocelyn Martinez

    I would like to be your private nurse or caregiver, i have already a wide experience in providing care with elderly person.I can prepare the meals nutritiously. Just pay me in a proper wages in accordance with the law..thanks

  3. Jessie Brown

    My mother is 95 years old and will be coming home from a skilled nursing home soon…She will be with us for awhile and then return to her own home where she will be living with my daughter and husband…They will be caring for her needs, but would kike someone to come for 1or 2 hours a day if needed to help her bath and take care of her colostomy bag…Can you help and at what cost? We would like you to start here at our house and then be able to continue at her home…Thanks, Jessie

    • Crizel

      I sir this is Crizel I just wanna know if you are still hiring as a caregiving I am certified caregiver 6years experience doing feeding.bathing.cleaning.cooking.i am sweet.honest.hard working pls call me sir thank you

  4. Carline miclisse

    I have moved from montreal to reside here in vancouver. Im a RN with 14years in ER.If I can work part time for you…

  5. Divine Sibayan

    I am looking for a job to be a private nurse. And I am caring person and it’s an honour for me to be part of someone’s life specially when they help.

  6. Claudia Fierro

    I’m a care giver for long time in Phoenix Arizona …
    I’m looking for private caregiver job..where I have to apply?

  7. Stella

    Hi, I’m looking for a male nurse in DC for my brother who is recovering from a hip replacement surgery. I’d need someone for 7 days (70 hrs at least). Thanks

    • Nurse Next Door

      Hi Stella,
      Thanks for contacting us. We’ll have someone contact you shortly with more details. Have a great day!

  8. Regina Tetteh

    Pleases iam looking for Live-IN if you have pleases contact me my number is 571 490 1728 I hope I will hear from you thanks

    • Nurse Next Door

      Hi Regina,
      Thanks for contacting us. If you’re looking to apply for a job, you can apply here: http://www.nursenextdoor.com/career/. If you’re looking for care, please contact us at 1.877.588.8609 or let us know and we can have someone follow-up with you. Have a great day!

    • Nurse Next Door

      Hi Delgadit,
      Thanks for contacting us! We’ll have someone contact you shortly with more details. Have a great day!

  9. Brenda

    I am looking for a weekday caregiver for my teenage daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Part time during the school year. Full time during the summer. We live in Edmonton, AB.

    • Nurse Next Door

      Hi Brenda,

      Thanks for contacting us. We’ll have someone contact you shortly with more details. Have a great day!

  10. Sheila Bawuah

    Hey Sheila
    I’m a Care give for long time in Senior living. I have been working for 10 good years, so i have the experience. I ‘m looking for private Caregiver job

  11. Theresa Prior

    I would like to work Nurse Next Door.
    Please let me know when you have an office in Georgia. Thank you

    • Nurse Next Door

      Hi Theresa,
      Thanks for contacting us! We keep our Careers Page up-to-date so you can find all our job postings by area here: http://www.nursenextdoor.com/career/. Unfortunately, we don’t have a location in Georgia at this time but we hope to have one soon!

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