What to Look for in a Home Health Care Provider

What to Look for in a Home Health Care Provider

Home health care providers are becoming increasingly popular. Why go to the trouble of traveling to a specific place –hospital, clinic, rehab center, etc.– to receive care or treatment when you can benefit from that treatment in your own home? Part of this popularity is simply our society’s general move towards convenience. However, for seniors, there’s more to it than that.

Home Health Care

You don’t have to go far into the past to find a time when, if a senior required care of some sort, they almost invariably moved out of their home and into a senior care facility of some kind. Assisted living communities and nursing homes are great for some seniors. But it’s preposterous to think that all seniors who require care want to leave their homes for these facilities. That is why a great number of seniors now utilize home health care.

Home Health Care Providers

Home health care is not just for seniors, of course. Home health care can benefit young people living with developmental disabilities or other conditions, as well as just about anybody recovering from a serious surgery or injury. And now that home health care has become widely available to seniors all over America, the next step is to diversify the services that can be provided with home health care. The best home health care providers have already achieved this.

Home health care providers are tasked with helping a huge number of people. And all these people require different types of care and assistance. One-size-fits-all will not do. But that’s a great feature of home health care: it’s inherently personal. When a caregiver is working with a client in that client’s own home, it is fairly easy to establish a rapport and get to know their needs. Furthermore, any decent home health care provider should offer a customized Plan of Care designed to help each specific client.

Home Health Care Services

A good home health care provider should offer a swath of different home health care services. This makes it more likely that they are equipped to help with the specific needs of the senior in your life. Furthermore, many seniors’ care requirements change over time. You want to make sure that your elderly loved one can be looked after even when their needs change. Look for a health care provider that offers a wide ranging list of services that covers everything from personal care, to homemaking, to companionship services.

Home Health Caregivers

A home health care provider is only as good as the caregivers that they hire. First, you want a home health care provider that hires their own caregivers, not one that contracts them out to a third party. This means they won’t try to pass the buck if an issue arises. Second, you want a health care provider that has an intensive pre-employment screening process, which includes a criminal background investigation, verification of references, and employment history. Caregivers are also subject to all state and federal health requirements and should be bonded and insured.

Get In Touch

Executive Home Care has a long list of home health care services and all of our caregivers are bonded, insured, and skills tested. To arrange a free assessment where we can create a personalized Plan of Care for the senior in your life, please contact us today.

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