By Wendie Nemeroff,
Community Liaison at Masada Home Care

What is the difference between a Home Care Registry and a Home Care Agency? For seniors who need services delivered in their own homes, and their loved ones caring for them, it can be difficult to figure out the differences between the choices available. This information should be helpful:

A Home Care Registry (sometimes called a private duty registry, independent contractor agency or staffing service) provides contracted home care workers. They are not employed by the registry but do have to clear a drug and background screening and up to date certificates. However, the registry is not responsible for the contracted worker once they are employed in the client’s home.

A physician’s order is not required for this service. The registry basically serves as a middleman, providing a list of possible candidates for the job.

Once the worker is hired, the relationship with the client and the agency usually ends. When you hire from a registry, you become the caregiver’s employer and have to assume certain responsibilities, risks and liabilities. Click here to learn more.

A Home Care Agency, such as Masada, provides homemakers or companion services and must meet requirements set forth by the agency and state of Florida. The agency is responsible for having the caregiver licensed, bonded and insured. They have ongoing in services and training to ensure the best professional care for the client.

As one of the few licensed non-profit home care agencies in Miami-Dade County, Masada employs Registered Nurses, Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants and Companions who are trained to provide quality care. Our caregivers receive specialized cultural sensitivity training, have multiple language skills and must undergo pre-employment drug testing and level 2 back ground checks.

Masada Home Care offers a number of payment options to make services affordable. Find out how Masada can meet your individualized and personalized requirements. For a no-obligation telephone consultation call 305.672.2648. (Staff fluent in the following languages are available: English, Spanish, Creole, French, Hebrew and Yiddish.)