Agency or independent hire?
Learn more about your options for finding a caregiver, specifically the pros and cons of hiring a caregiver independently, through an agency, or via a referral service.
Great question—undoubtedly the most important question to ask before setting up home care for yourself or a loved one.
The answer to this question can vary wildly, depending upon whether you hire a care professional through an agency, locate a caregiver via an online marketplace or referral agency, or find and an independent caregiver on your own.
If you’re working with a reputable home care agency (and seeking non-medical care), your caregiver will most likely have a background, education, and training in one of these three areas:
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is trained to assist with the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and personal care. To become a CNA, a caregiver must complete an accredited or approved training course then pass the licensing exam in their state. CNAs often work in hospitals or other medical facilities as well as in private homes. When working in a home care setting, CNAs are limited to performing tasks that could be performed by a person without a certification.
A Home Health Aide (HHA), also trained to help with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and personal care, generally has more training adapted to the home environment than a CNA. HHA requirements can vary by state. When working in a home care setting, HHAs are limited to performing tasks that could be performed by a person without a certification.
In many cases, excellent caregivers have paid professional experience without a certification or specific degree. Often a professional caregiver gets into the field by caring for a family member or other loved one, learns they have a passion for caregiving, and develops skills and knowledge through on-the-job experience.
If you’re not working with a reputable agency, you’ll know quickly if you ask the right questions.
Be sure to ask for specifics about background, training, and professional experience before hiring any caregiver. If the answers you get leave you doubting the person’s qualifications or abilities—or make you feel uncomfortable in any way, move on. There are plenty of qualified care professionals in your area with skills and training you can trust.
Honor Care Professionals are a diverse team of outstanding caregivers, reflecting a wide range of cultural backgrounds, languages, ages, and life experiences. The one thing all of our Care Pros have in common—they genuinely love caring for others. We make sure of it. That unique passion and commitment shows in the work they do every day.
Honor matches your needs with the best Care Pro to meet your needs. We always send a skilled professional with the right training and experience—a caregiver we would trust to help our own parents. Care Pros with a CNA or HHA certification or training are limited to personal assistance tasks that could be performed by a non-certified person when working with Honor.
We guarantee the person who arrives at your home is qualified to provide you or your loved one with the highest level of care, personalized to meet your needs. Many of our Care Pros are licensed Certified Nursing Assistants, some are certified Home Health Aides, some have other health-related credentials or certifications. We also select many care professionals who may not be accredited but have something equally valuable—experience.
At Honor, we value professional experience. Our Care Pros are always qualified—and truly care.
Some people learn better by doing a job than by studying in a classroom. We value that. Others may have completed their classroom training then started working before getting a license or certification—and just kept on working. We value that too. Regardless of training, certification, or experience level, every Honor Care Pro has been thoroughly background checked, interviewed and screened in-person as well as vetted to verify their references, professional skills, and knowledge.
Learn more about Honor Care Professionals and our thorough screening process.
Once selected to be an Honor Qualified Care Professional, our Care Pros receive additional training in the best practices of care to support people with specific illnesses, including Cancer, Alzheimer's and dementia, Parkinson's, COPD, and other conditions related to aging. Our partnerships with national organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and the National Parkinson's Foundation, enable our Care Pros to bring expert knowledge directly into your home.
Still not sure what to look for when hiring a professional caregiver? Want more details about Honor Care Pros and how they can help your family, please give us a call at (800) 227-2345.