Registry or Agency?…When Choosing In-Home Care
There are two types of models being used by in-home health providers that offer consumers more options. In some cases, they may offer both.
In a Registry model, caregivers are screened, trained and set up with contracts as independent contractors. The actual relationship is between the caregiver and the family or patient. Because the Registry cut is smaller, the caregiver makes a better wage. In the Agency model, caregivers are hired, screened, trained and supervised by the Agency. The agency has control over placement and whether a caregiver is removed. Some Agencies have both offerings.
Whether a family prefers one model over the other is dependent on the amount of time they have to caregive and the amount of supervision they are willing to offer to the caregiver. In some cases, the partnership formed with the caregiver can be invaluable to improving the quality of the older adult’s health and well-being.