Find Care: Compare Agency & Private Caregivers

Comparison chart, agency and private caregivers

For many families and seniors needing care, the choice between and agency and private caregiver can be a difficult one. The chart below compares the two across the most relevant criteria to help you make your decision:

Tasks and Responsibilities Agency Caregiver Private Caregiver
Screening, hiring, managing your caregiver Agency bears responsibilty for:

- Recruiting
- Screening
- Background/reference checks
- Credential checks
- Hiring/firing
- Salary negotiation
- Day-to-day management
Care Recipient/ family bears responsibity for:

- Recruiting
- Screening
- Background/reference checks
- Credential checks
- Hiring/firing
- Salary negotiation
- Day-to-day management
Paying your caregiver Agency pays wages, withholds taxes, files required reports with state and federal government Care Recipient/ family pays wages, withholds taxes, files required reports with state and federal government
Insurance in case of caregiveraccident/injury Agency carries policy covering caregiver Care Recipient/ family carries policy covering caregiver
Accept Long Term Care or Medical Insurance? Many accept insurances for payment Almost none accept insurances for payment
Back-up available in case of no-show? Yes No
Cost (range) $11-$30/hr $8-$20/hr
 
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