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VNA vs. Registry vs. Private Hire

Before you enlist the help of home care services, know who is providing you the care.

When you hire a home care professional, you should know if this person is an employee of an agency, part of a registry or a private hire. There are distinct differences among these three categories which can affect the safety and protection of you or your loved one. Before you employ home care services from a provider, it’s important to understand who you are hiring.

VNA vs. Registry vs. Private Hire

The VNA is a licensed and accredited company that employs its staff. As an agency, we are responsible for the actions of our staff and implement policies to protect our clients. VNA staff undergoes background screenings, driving checks and are randomly drug tested. In addition, the VNA provides its staff with ongoing education opportunities to ensure that our nurses, home health aides, clinicians and staff have the most up to date information available.

A home care registry is an employment service. A registry will connect clients to independent contractors, but the registry is not responsible for those who go into your clients’ homes. Some independent contractors carry personal insurance to protect their clients, but it isn’t always a requirement of the registry.

A private hire is simply that – someone who is autonomous and works for themselves without any reporting to supervisors. When it comes to hiring a private caregiver, the responsibility of doing a background check, drug test and purchasing insurance falls solely on the client.

VNA Private Care provides clients with the most protection. Our trusted caregivers must meet our strict standards to go into our clients homes and care for their loved ones.