If you are, then we have some tips for you to help ensure a safe home health care experience.
By Lenny Verkhoglaz
As the Boomer generation ages, the need for quality health care services increases dramatically. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there are 44.7 million senior citizens in the United States, representing 14.1 percent of the population. With that number expected to increase by 19 percent by 2030, these seniors and their families are looking for compassionate care options.
Are You Considering Home Health Care For A Loved One?. Here are some important questions I recommend asking when considering home health care:
Does the agency have the correct licenses as required by the state?
Many states require home health care agencies to be licensed in order to provide services. Some states, however, do not license home care agencies. Check with BBB or your local consumer affairs agency to find out if there are any negative reviews.
Does the agency have a nurse on staff, and do they develop a customized Plan of Care for your loved-one?
Plan of Care is developed by a Registered Nurse before providing services in cooperation and agreement with the client and client’s representative. Plan of Care is based on a client’s needs and outlines each task and activity to be performed by a caregiver. Make sure you choose the agency that has a nurse on staff.
Is the agency available after-hours and on weekends?
Professional home health care agencies must be available 24/7 to answer questions and respond to client or caregiver issues and problems. Before choosing an agency, call them after-hours or on a weekend and see how they respond.
Does the home health care agency offer “one-size-fits-all” solution?
Professional home health care agencies must offer solutions that fit client’s needs and meet their expectations. Because each situation is unique, it is the agency’s job to be flexible and offer solutions that fit the need.
Above all else, make sure you are choosing an agency that you feel the most comfortable with to provide safe, trustworthy care to your valued family members.
Lenny Verkhoglaz is the co-founder of Executive Care, a Hackensack, N.J. based home care franchise that offers skilled medical and non-medical care.