Agencies vs. Contractors

Recognizing when a loved one needs assistance at home is hard. While the prospect of hiring a caregiver is appealing, concerns about finding the right person can be tricky. Even more, these challenges often lead individuals to contemplate managing everything independently.

The good news is that the process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. While it may seem daunting, finding the right caregiver doesn’t have to be impossible. There are two primary options for in-home care: hiring through a home care agency or selecting an independent caregiver. At Liken Home Care, we offer compassionate and professional services as a leading Pennsylvania home care agency. Discover why agencies can be more advantageous and why you should partner with Liken Home Care.

Home Care Services

At times in life, you may have circumstances that require extra support. That’s where home care services become important. Whether recovering from an illness, managing a chronic condition, or aging, the need for assistance can arise. Liken Home Care understands the impact these moments can have on individuals and their families. Our dedicated team is here to provide the warmth of companionship, the assurance of skilled care, and the comfort of knowing that you or your loved one can continue to thrive in the familiar and cherished surroundings of home. We recognize that each person’s journey is unique. Moreover, our mission is to offer personalized, thoughtful, and empathetic care. This way we can enhance the quality of life and bring peace of mind to those we serve.

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Comparing Homecare Options

There are two primary options for in-home care: hiring through a home care agency or selecting an independent caregiver.  Opting for a home care agency can alleviate the burdens of independently managing a caregiver. Here’s why you should choose a home care agency for yourself or a loved one.

Home Care Agencies

Unlike independent caregivers, agencies provide a structured and regulated approach. Thus, we ensure a higher level of professionalism and accountability. Here are some of the biggest advantages of working with a home care agency:

Professional Screening: Agencies conduct thorough background checks and candidate screenings. As an agency, we handle the following:

  • Candidate screening,
  • Background checks, and
  • The entire hiring process.

Multiple Options: You can interview several caregivers to find the best fit for your needs. In addition, we offer free in-home interviews.

Peace of Mind: Agencies ensure caregivers are licensed, insured, and bonded. Additionally, agencies supervise and monitor caregivers. Ultimately, ensuring they provide quality care.

Liability Coverage: Agencies assume total liability for provided care, including accidents.

Continuity of Care: Agencies provide replacements if your primary caregiver is unavailable.

Independent Caregivers

At first glance, hiring an independent caregiver might seem more cost-effective than going through a home care agency. However, the apparent financial benefits may be overshadowed by various complexities. When you engage an independent caregiver, you essentially become an employer. Therefore, triggering the need to comply with employment laws, handle taxes, and potentially obtain additional insurance.

  • Federal and state employment taxes
  • Special insurance requirements
  • Legal responsibilities for accidents
  • Detailed job descriptions and employment agreements
  • Thorough background checks and credit reviews
  • Verification of state licensing requirements

Navigating these complexities can be time-consuming and costly. To understand the tax implications, contacting the state employment department or referencing IRS Publication 926 for federal requirements is crucial.

How We Can Help

Liken Home Care is your trusted partner in providing comprehensive and compassionate home care services, offering numerous advantages for individuals seeking dedicated support:

  • Personalized Care Plans: We understand that every individual has unique needs. Liken Home Care tailors care plans to address specific requirements, ensuring personalized and effective assistance.
  • Highly Trained Caregivers: Our team comprises highly trained and compassionate caregivers who undergo rigorous screening and specialized training. This ensures the delivery of top-quality care to enhance well-being.
  • Comprehensive Services: From personal care assistance to medication management, meal preparation, and light housekeeping. We offer a wide range of services to enhance comfort and independence.

Request an In-Home Interview

Consider Liken Home Care, where we prioritize your peace of mind and offer compassionate, professional caregiving services tailored to your unique needs. In conclusion, independent caregivers may seem initially cost-effective. However, the support offered by home care agencies, like Liken Home Care, makes them a strong choice for most individuals seeking reliable in-home care. Contact Liken Home Care today! Schedule a free in-home interview today ‌to learn more about our home care services.

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