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It’s true that the baby boomer population continues to get older and older, and their loved ones will be faced with making a series of important decisions. Arguably the largest of these decisions is where they will find in-home health care on the behalf of their elderly family members.
Here are the two most common reasons for requiring in-home health care:
In either case, the concerned family member who has power of attorney over their loved ones affairs, will need to start planning for their eventual in-home healthcare needs.
The first step to finding a home healthcare professional is to start screening multiple agencies at the same time. This will give you a good idea of the options ahead of you.
As the process of selecting a home healthcare agency ramps up there are a few important things to remember. First you shouldn’t settle for the first agency you interview or seem to like. It is important that you find the right agency to meet the needs of your family. The right agency should fit with your needs almost completely.
You should also be sure to ask for multiple references from each of the health care agencies that you interview. By doing this you’ll be able to get a feel for their policies and the type of care they provide.
Here are some questions to ask during your screening process. If you have anything to add to them be sure to do so:
Medicare pays for in-home health care for a short period of time. Typically, private insurance fills in any gaps that medicare won’t cover. Also, private insurance can pay for care that goes past the period of time that medicare covers.
With this said, it’s important to ensure that one’s insurance plan is accepted. If the provider bills the insurance company directly, this should be noted as well.
Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association
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Ridgefield, CT 06877
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