A new website aims to make a family’s search for a home health agency a little easier, while also providing tips for hiring a caregiver.
Through HomeCareChoice.com families can find various home care agencies in their area, featuring providers of medical home health care, non-medical home care, companion care as well as hospice services.
“While being discharged form the hospital, the first home care agency given is tropically just a suggestion,” says Katharine Ross, vice president of sales and marketing for Seniors Guide and SeniorsGuideOnline.com. “There can be multiple local area home care agencies that may be a better fir for the patient.”
Medical home health can be similar to the level of care provided in a nursing home, whereas non-medical home care could be simply caring for an individual who needs help with activities of daily living.
Seniors Guide, which also publishes HomeCareChoice.com, offers help to families so that they might find the right level of care, however, the location of home health agencies is restricted only to certain Virginia and Ohio areas, as well as Indianapolis, Indiana and Raleigh, North Carolina.
While suggestions are a point in the right direction for families looking for a home health agency, many factors of into finding the right companion or caregiver, according to Senior Guides.
“It’s important that you and your family feel comfortable with anyone whom visits your home, but especially with a home care aid or caregiver,” says Ross. “Talking to the caregiver over the phone or meeting them in person prior to the first visit can help put everyone at ease.”
Additionally, for those seeking the help of a caregiver for their loved one, Senior Guide recommends heading over to its Q&A forum,”Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Home Caregiver.”
Written by Jason Oliva