Making the Best Choice for Your Loved One
Seniors have a wide variety of care choices to choose from. These options range from assisted living to private home care. Today more patients have chosen to receive treatment in their own homes by a Caregiver. How can you ensure that you choose the company that best suits your needs? To assist with this task, we have provided a few steps for you to evaluate.
- Which Services Do You Need? One of the first steps is to evaluate what type and how much assistance is desired. Many companies only focus on offering specific types of support. At Allegiance, we provide all services in order to better aide our patients. Key questions to ask include:
- Does the patient need a live-in caregiver who will be present 24 hours a day?
- Would he or she prefer a nursing aide who will visit a few times each week?
- Are you looking for a physical therapist to help speed up recovery after surgery or a stroke?
- Will your diabetic parent need a nurse to visit every day, or only a few days a week?
- Do you want a companion and homemaker to help your loved one feel more connected with the world?
- Finding the best home health agency. After deciding upon the frequency and type of care that is proper for the patient the next step is to research potential providers. Ways to do this include:
- Research home health agencies for feedback and reviews from unbiased websites, consumer organizations, and the healthcare community.
- Ask companies if they use independent contractors or direct employees. The law and the IRS prevent independent contractors from being supervised including continuing education and training. Note: All Nurse Registeries are only allowed to use independent contractors.
- Ask the company if they are Medicare Certified which has stricter regulations than just being licensed by the State.
Contact the Companies. After creating a list of potential companies it’s time to schedule a visit to discuss details and learn more about the services. You can do this by preparing a list of questions. Questions to ask include:
- How long has your organization been in business?
- What are the different kinds of services that you offer?
- What professional organizations does the company belong to?
- What are the qualifications for workers?
- Do you require background checks of your staff?
- Don’t Be Shy. Gather as much information as possible. Ensure that you feel secure and comfortable with the company. If all goes well this agency will be responsible for protecting the health and safety of your loved one!