Choosing a home health care agency that can provide the right level of care and support to your aging loved one can be tough. To make it easier for you, here are the top five factors you must consider while selecting a care agency:
- Determine the location
There are several methods to find a senior home health care agency, and one of the first options is to conduct a search on the Internet. Depending on the size of your city or town, many listings may appear in the search results and even if the care agency does not have a website, the agency may still be listed with an address and a phone number.
- Do a cost-comparison
Call three or four agencies and find out how much they charge for home care services. The slightest difference in hourly rates could make a big impact on your monthly bill.
- Inquire about nurse aide shift-changes
If the home care agency offers only one-shift change per week, this can add up in cost-savings. It can also eliminate a lot of confusion that occurs when there are three different nurse aides moving in and out of the house in one 24-hour period.
- Legal matters
Find out if the home care agency is licensed and bonded in your state. This shows legitimacy and trustworthiness, as well as protects you from theft, incompetency, and illegal practices.
- Interview the agency
If possible, sit down with the home care provider and explain your situation and your needs, so that they may do an assessment and know your home care situation needs. Tell them about your physical challenges, or your loved one’s physical challenges, as well as your daily routines, your daily errands and tasks, your personal preferences about cleanliness, and your general household layout. This will enable the care provider to find the nurse aide that is right for your environment and possibly, your personality.
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