Types of Home Care & In Home Care Services

Learn more about the Pittsburgh home care and in home care services available.

Home care is designed to help aging adults live a safe and fulfilling life in the comfort of their own home. If you’re considering home care options for your senior loved one, you must understand that there are a wide variety of services and service providers available.

Prior to choosing a company or professional to care for your senior, you should gain a thorough understanding of all of your options. Read on to learn more about the types of in home care services and providers you can expect to find.

Home Care in Pittsburgh, PA

Many home care providers and professionals offer a long list of services. They can assist your older loved one with personal care tasks such as bathing, dressing, and toileting as well as companionship care duties like medication reminders, grocery shopping, errands, and incidental transportation. In addition, specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, those who have just returned home from the hospital, and elders who are in their last moments of life may also be available.

When searching for an in home care provider for your senior, you will come across employment-based agencies, registries, and independent providers. In each of these business structures, the caregiver’s employer is different, meaning the caregiver may or may not be responsible for taxes, insurance, and other costs. Details on each of these providers are as follows:

  • Employment-Based Agencies: An employment-based agency employs caregivers so that elderly clients do not have to worry about employer laws. They conduct comprehensive interviews and background checks and ensure each caregiver is bonded, insured, and covered by worker’s compensation.
  • Registries: The purpose of registries to develop and manage a caregiver database rather than actually employ caregivers. Although caregivers from registries often serve as contractors, employment arrangements differ from registry to registry.
  • Independent Providers: Independent providers are caregivers that can be a friend, relative, or acquaintance of a senior or those that are found in a newspaper ad and not part of a larger organization. The senior is considered the independent caregiver’s employer and is therefore held accountable for employment taxes and deductions.

If you’re unsure of what type of in home care option is ideal for your aging loved one, contact Comfort Keepers today. We’d be happy to help you make an informed decision that has a positive effect on your senior’s life.

 

Comfort Keepers of Fox Chapel and Pittsburgh, PA provides leading in home care services to:

Allison Park, Apollo, Arnold, Blanchard, Blawnox, Cheswick, Freeport, Fox Chapel, Gibsonia, Leechburg, West Leechburg, Lower Burrell, Natrona Heights, New Kensington, Oakmont, Springdale, Tarentum and Verona, PA

 

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