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Choosing The Right Home Health Care Provider

Aug 16

Home Health Care is a type of healthcare that provides medically-necessary support to help patients recover from illness, injury, or surgery at home rather than in a hospital. Often, these services are prescribed by doctors and reimbursed in full or in part by private or government-sponsored programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Choosing the right home health care provider can be a daunting task, but with diligent research and guidance from professionals, finding an affordable solution is possible.

Some people who require home health care are discharged from a hospital before they are fully healed or ready to return home, while others may have chronic diseases that require ongoing monitoring and health care interventions. Often, these individuals are more comfortable receiving their care in the comfort of their own homes. Home health care can also be less expensive than the cost of inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

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Home health care includes a wide variety of services, from medically-necessary support such as wound care and medication management to personal homecare services including assistance with bathing and dressing, and meal preparation and transportation. Many Northeast Ohio Home Health Care providers are licensed and regulated by state agencies, which means they must be trained in providing safe and effective care to their patients. The best way to find a quality home care provider is to ask for referrals from family and friends, or from other medical professionals who have provided care for the patient in the past.

A good home health care provider must be dependable, responsible, trustworthy, and kind. They must respect a patient’s right to privacy and his or her rights to freedom of religion, speech, and choice. They must also be able to communicate effectively and enjoy working with people. Finally, they must be able to follow doctor’s orders and work well as part of a team.

It’s also important to note that while the home health care provider must be licensed and regulated, their assistants and aides do not have to be. However, it is always a good idea to check references and speak with the candidate’s previous employers before hiring them. This can give you insight into the individual’s punctuality, work ethic, and overall performance on the job.

Many people are hesitant to consider home health care because they think it will be expensive, but it is usually far less costly than inpatient hospital care and can be covered by private or public insurance plans. In fact, Medicare typically covers the majority of the cost of home health care (provided it is short-term and intermittent) as well as 80% of the cost of equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers. However, Medicare will not pay for 24 hour a day care or live-in care.