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As the ones closest to us continue to age, more and more people are being forced to tend to their needs and make difficult choices on their behalf. One of these decisions will likely be who to turn to for in-home healthcare services. There are quite a few pitfalls associated with choosing a in-home healthcare provider which is why we wrote out this quick guide. It should act as a good starting point and help you get underway.
If you’re at the start of an in-home healthcare agency search there are a number of things to consider. The first of which is the best way to carry out the screening process. We suggest screening multiple agencies at the same time. This provides several benefits. It will help you get a better feel for what’s out there and it will also expedite the process. And while we’re sure you would like this process to be over as soon as possible it is important to take your time with it. This is a big decision and it should be treated as such.
To this end you should resist temptations to rush through the screening process, either by not being as thorough as you should be or by settling on one of the first companies you survey. You want to take this decisions seriously mainly because it will have ramifications that your family will be dealing with for some time to come.
An important part of the screening process is asking for references from each of the agencies that you speak to. These references will give you a lot of information about what kind of services will be available at each agency. Knowing this, as well as the quality of the care provided, will make or break a decision.
The following are the type of questions that in-home health care screeners should ask about specific care, and in-home health care provider protocol:
Medicare will pay for in-home health care for a small period of time. Usually, private insurance fills in any duration that medicare won’t cover. Also, private insurance can pay for care that goes beyond the period of time which Medicare covers.
Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association
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Ridgefield, CT 06877
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