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As our population grows it should come as no surprise that more and more people are making it to advanced ages. And because of this more and more family members are being faced with making tough decisions on behalf of their elderly loved ones. Chief among these decisions will likely be how to secure in-home healthcare for their loved one. On this page you will find a short guide filled with helpful tips and advice for selecting the right home healthcare agency.
The first step is to interview a number of home healthcare agencies. This process can seem daunting at first but it is important to be thorough. What we mean by this is that you shouldn’t rush the process because of the role this agency will play in the future of your family. So don’t settle on the very first agency you interview and really just use this time to comparison shop. Make sure that you receive references from all of the agencies you interview. This will help you make an informed choice. And if you find something while you’re checking up on references that you don’t like don’t hesitate to allow that to influence your choice. But more than just references you have to ask good questions. And to help you with this phase of the screening process we prepared a selection below to help get you started.
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.
Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association
27 Governor Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
F: 203-431-6583, or