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Types of Caregivers

  • Non-certified Aide (Home Helper, Personal Care Aide, Homemaker, Companion)
  • Certified Nurses Aide (CNA) / Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) / Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Physical Therapist (PT) / Occupational Therapist (OT) / Speech Therapist (ST)
  • Social Workers (SW) / Medical Social Workers (MSW)

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Types of Home Care Agencies

  • Home Health Agency
  • Non-Medical Home Care Agency
  • Registry / Staffing Agency

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Pros and Cons - Agency vs. Private
Private Caregiver vs. Home Care Agency

Most elderly people need some type of home care assistant to help with personal care and activities of daily living. In most situations, a nurses aide can provide this type of care. The question now becomes whether to hire this aide through a local home care agency or to hire them directly.

Understanding Home Care
4 Things You Should Know About Home Care

There are distinct variations among home care agencies regarding types of ownership, services provided, caregiver skills, payment options, and management. Understanding these differences will better prepare you to choose the best home care agency to fit your needs.

Affording Home Care
How to Afford Private Home Care for Elderly

Non-skilled home care, for example bathing and meal preparation, is typically paid for out of pocket. There are 6 ways to reduce the cost and make home care affordable. The bottom line is, private home care is preferred by loved ones, so it's worth investigating how you can afford this option.

Finding and Interviewing a Private Caregiver
Finding Private Caregivers to Interview for Your Home Care Job

When hiring a private caregiver, first determine what type of aide your loved one needs based on their level of independence, preferences, and financial means. Focus on finding someone with the appropriate qualifications and experience that can properly care for your elderly family member or friend.

Finding and Interviewing a Private Caregiver
8 Tips to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

Once you've spent the time searching for, interviewing, and hiring a caregiver that you are pleased with, then taking care of the caregiver is a top priority. Here are some tips to enhance your caregiver relationship, help things run smoother, and prevent caregiver burn-out.

Home Care Safety Checklist
Printable Home Care Safety Checklist

Review this checklist prior to starting home care for an elderly loved one. It will walk you through general home safety precautions and senior-proofing the home entrance, living area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and stairways.

Signs of Elder Abuse by a Caregiver
Signs of Elderly Neglect or Abuse by an In-home Caregiver

In the home, you are the ears and eyes on your elderly family member or friend as there may be no other willing or capable person. Act as an advocate for your loved one's basic rights of quality care by familiarizing yourself with the following signs and symptoms of elderly mistreatment, neglect or abuse.

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