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With continued advances in medical science and rising trends which are helping people be healthier, it is no surprise that our life spans just keep getting longer. Therefore, it should also be no surprise that more and more concerned family members are faced with making important decisions on the behalf of their loved ones. Specifically questions concerning the need to find in-home health care on behalf of a loved one in need.
This is likely going to be a stressful time for you and having to go through the process of selecting a home health care aide isn’t going to make it easier. While the process shouldn’t be grueling it will pay dividends if you do your homework first. What this entails chiefly is screening a selection of healthcare agencies in order to select the one that best fits your needs. The main thing to remember during this process is to resist the urge to rush and to settle. The more you put into the screening process the more you will get out. Take the extra time to ask good questions and to really check up on the references you receive. You may be surprised by what you find out. At any rate, this information gathering stage is vital to not only finding the best care available for your loved one but acclimating yourself to this process.
Many of the most important questions will fall on the payment side of things. Medicare pays for in-home health care for a short period of time. Usually, private insurance fills in any gaps that medicare won’t cover, which means 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.
Here are some of the questions that you should ask about specific care, and in-home health care provider protocol:
Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association
27 Governor Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
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