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Discover Different Types of Senior Care in Homes

Comfort Keepers personalized care in homes promotes independence for seniors in the Los Angeles area

Professional care in homes is the most appropriate option for your aging parents or relatives if you want to allow them to continue their daily routines in the comfort of their home. Choosing the best service, though, can be quite overwhelming. We've comprised this comprehensive guide to familiarize you with the caregiving industry and help you make the best decision for your loved ones.

Modern care in homes includes agencies and independent caregivers with a wide variety of care plans. Their portfolios usually include the following services:

  • Personal care – grooming, toileting, bathing, and incontinence care
  • Homemaking/companion care – housekeeping, running errands, meal preparation, laundering, incidental transportation, medication reminders, and companionship
  • Specialized care – 24-hour home care, dementia care, transitioning home, and end-of-life care home


Care Business Models

In the US, care in homes is provided by employment-based agencies, registries, and independent caregivers. Below, we'll cover all three models to help you decide which one works best for you.

Employment-based agencies

These can come in the form of corporations or subsidiaries/franchises, operating under a larger parent company. This option can provide a multitude of benefits for your senior. The most prominent benefits of opting for a homecare agency go as follows:

  • Conduct screening/reference checks and make sure the candidate responds to all position requirements
  • Caregivers are not treated as contractors but as employees, which results in both bonding and the safety offered by worker's compensation
  • Agencies have sufficient manpower to provide adequate and timely replacements if the primary caregiver becomes temporarily unavailable
  • Agencies stay competitive by constantly educating its staff through additional training and mandatory classes



Registries are basically "phonebooks" of available caregivers, but they are not their employers nor provide overseeing or training. Registries will usually match you with contract laborers who offer different varieties of professional care in homes. This, however, means that you may have to pay the cost of employment taxes/deductions and insurance policies. Before hiring a registry caregiver, we strongly recommend asking the following set of questions:

  • Who handles the employment taxes and fringe costs for the caregiver's services?
  • Are there any background checks and overseeing mechanisms?
  • Does the caregiver have relevant training and certification?


Independent caregivers

This is basically any person who provides home care services but doesn't belong to any agency or registry. It can be your friend or family member, a person active in the local community or just someone advertising in the local papers. Note that you are the employer of the independent caregiver and, therefore, responsible for any costs this relationship incurs (taxes, insurance...). You are also in charge of performing any background checks and confirming a caregiver's licensing, references, and expertise.


If you have any questions about senior care and the options available in Los Angeles, CA, please contact Comfort Keepers today! We’re happy to assist you in any way we can.


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