Three Things Every Senior Should Know About Finding In-Home Healthcare

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Finding a good in-home health care provider can be one of the most important decisions a senior citizen can make. Wherever possible, all family members should be involved in the process. This is the best way to ensure that fear, uncertainty, or other emotions do not color your decision. Not all in-home health care providers are made alike. Here, we’ll discuss several factors to consider in selecting a home-health service that’s right for you.

Since state law varies for home-health and hospice providers, it’s important to consider what local providers can do for you based on where you live. For instance, some home-health providers offer massage therapy to their patients, which is permitted in certain states. This isn’t universally the case, however. Your local hospice and home-health provider can discuss care options with you that may be specific to where you live. This also applies to medicare coverage.

1. Know the difference between home-health and hospice. Hospice care is palliative care for the terminally ill and those at the end of their lives. This kind of care, like in-home health care, involves home visits, but the purpose is not curative. Hospice care is designed to make the terminal patient more comfortable and ease some of the burdens on caregivers. In-home health care services allow seniors to receive the health care they need if they are unwilling or unable to leave their homes for doctor visits.

2. In-home health care services are businesses, providing services on a free-market basis just like a medical center or hospital. They have every incentive to earn your business, even if your services are paid for by Medicare or some third party. Don’t take it for granted, then, that all in-home health care providers are made alike. Keep this in mind as you comparison-shop.

3. The World-Wide Web can be your best friend when it comes to consumer information. There are several resources for seniors looking for reliably good services and facilities.  Consumer information sites  can go a long way in taking some of the guess work out of choosing a provider. Remember that not all providers are included in the surveys, so don’t, necessarily, take the absence of a certification as a bad sign.

Dealing with the natural changes that come along as life goes on can be difficult, and having to look for an in-home health care provider is no different. Following a few smart tips, however, and doing your research will help you feel confident you are making a good decision.

Contact Pure Home Care Services at (586) 293-2457 today!  If you live in Macomb or the surrounding area, we can help you care for your loved ones.

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