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What to Look for in a Home Health Care Agency

Choosing someone to care for you or a loved one is one of the most important decisions that you will make. You’ll want to be sure that they are qualified, trustworthy, and experienced. If you are thinking about hiring a home health care agency, there’s much to consider. We here at Quality of Life Home Care and Hospice have compiled a list of things to look for when planning for your next steps.


1. Determine your needs


When it comes to in-home care services, it’s important to determine the type of assistance that is needed. The services typically vary between skilled nursing and non-medical support. Skilled nursing focuses on patients who may have ongoing health conditions that need medical attention, such as chronic illnesses, disability, or injuries. Non-medical support often focuses on daily tasks such as personal care needs, meal prepping, and light housekeeping duties.


2. Establish a budget


It’s important to consider the costs associated with home health care services and if it aligns with your budget. Many times insurance can help cover costs. You’ll want to inquire about what insurances are accepted.


3. Inquire about staffing procedures


When enlisting help for yourself or your loved one, it’s understandable that you don’t want to trust just anyone. It’s important to ask questions about the caregivers. What is the screening process like? How many years of experience do they have? What are their qualifications? Does the agency provide background checks? These are all important questions to ask.


4. Consult your family as needed


Planning for home care services is often a decision that involves the whole family, especially when it pertains to an older adult. The caregiver will not only be interacting with the patient, but immediate family and household members as well. It’s important to meet with the family to outline and expectations on both parts.


What are some qualities that you are looking for in a caregiver? Let us help you! Contact us today for your home health care needs!

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