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As the Baby Boomer population continues to age into their elderly years, more concerned family members will be faced with making crucial decisions on the behalf of their loved one, such as health care decisions. Specifically, they’ll face the need to find in-home health care for their elderly loved one.
In-home health care is needed for the following reasons:
In both cases, concerned family members who have power of attorney over their loved one’s health care needs will need to begin the process of selecting an appropriate health care agency, based upon the following criteria:
As the process of selecting an in-home health care agency begins, there are steps that the family members involved in the screening process must begin. First, if nothing else, they need to screen multiple agencies at the same time.
They should never settle for the first agency they interview, or seem to like. It’s crucial that the right agency meets the needs of the family, and the patient. The right agency should prove the be the best fit on all levels.
Next, the family members performing screening duties should ask for multiple references, and follow up on them. If any red-flags make themselves apparent during the reference screening process, they should not be disregarded or ignored.
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 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.
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