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Home Care Services – Questions to Ask

The choice between home health care and a hospital or a nursing home can be a difficult one. The cost, the medical needs of the patient and the impact of home care on the rest of the family are all factors that should be considered. Here are some questions to ask when exploring home health care options.

  • What is home care?
    Several businesses provide home care for seniors, the disabled, or anyone who needs help recovering from a medical procedure. Some hire a qualified nurse, while others will send a professional caregiver who may not possess a nursing degree, but can provide many of the basic home health services.

  • What services do home care professionals provide?
    Services will depend on each individual patient. Typical services include preparing meals with dietary restrictions, making sure mediation is taken, assisting with physical therapy, encouragement and support, and providing a respite for other members of the family.

  • Are caregivers insured and bonded?
    Even non-medical personnel should qualify with their employers for caregiver positions, by passing a background check and being covered by general liability insurance.

  • What is home hospice care?
    Hospice care is a special discipline of nursing care and support for patients in the final stage of a terminal illness. Many seniors facing these circumstances prefer to remain at home, where they are visited by professional caregivers that tend to their physical, psychological and spiritual needs.

  • Who pays for home health care?
    Check with Medicare or Medicaid to see if they will cover home care services. Often these programs provide a respite from health care costs for low-income families. Private insurance may also cover home care.
  • National Association for Home Care & Hospice
    Our leading trade organization represents the interests of hospice services, home care, and more. Find out more about how we are committed to furthering the industry to provide the best care for our patients.
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    Family Extensions Inc Write review for this local business
    419 Grove St, Worcester, MA 01605
    (508) 767-0033  
    We offer our helping hands to families in the surrounding area. Come to us for exceptional elderly care and much more. Call for more information on our services.
    Specialty Personnel Services Inc
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    790 Charles St, Providence, RI 02904
    (401) 455-0111 Write review for this local business

    "Specialty Personnel Services. This is a wonderful, helpful, reliable agency, professional staff, great office personnel. ..."
    Favorite Healthcare Staffing Write review for this local business
    333 Washington St Ste 856, Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 557-4534  
    Medical Management Resources, Inc. Write review for this local business
    Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 982-2666  
    Women's Educational & Industrial Union Write review for this local business
    356 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 536-5651  
    Eastern West Company Home Care Health Products Write review for this local business
    24 Oxford St, Boston, MA 02111
    (877) 426-5550  
    Independence Homecare Write review for this local business
    21 Custom House St, Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 722-0134  
    Boston Institutional Services Write review for this local business
    60 State St, Boston, MA 02109
    (617) 223-5600  
    Karl Nurse Communications Write review for this local business
    100 Huntington Ave Ste 15, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 236-1020  
    Me You Health Write review for this local business
    1 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 391-0507  
    Health Support Write review for this local business
    185 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 261-1987  
    Preferred Global Health Write review for this local business
    155 Federal St Ste 1000, Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 670-8208  
    Jespersen & Associates Write review for this local business
    129 South St Ste 500, Boston, MA 02111
    (617) 292-4776  
    Health Effects Institute Write review for this local business
    101 Federal St Ste 500, Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 488-2300  
    Backworks Therapeutic Back Center Write review for this local business
    34 Batterymarch St, Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 451-2225  
    Christophers Haven Write review for this local business
    1 Emerson Pl Apt 2N, Boston, MA 02114
    (857) 233-4178  
    Personal Health MD Write review for this local business
    137 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 585-1500  
    Streamline Health Care Solutions Inc Write review for this local business
    185 Devonshire St, Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 670-1611  
    Primary Care Progress Inc Write review for this local business
    89 South St Ste 203, Boston, MA 02111
    (857) 350-3998  
    Companion Health Services Write review for this local business
    284 North St, Boston, MA 02113
    (617) 227-0830  
    Medical Resources Write review for this local business
    359 Boylston St Ste 302, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 424-8344  
    Xpress Natural Gas Write review for this local business
    30 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
    (857) 233-5329  
    Healthbox Write review for this local business
    1 Cambridge Ctr, Cambridge, MA 02142
    (617) 494-0750  
    Hope For Living Homecare Write review for this local business
    265 Franklin St Ste 1702, Boston, MA 02110
    (781) 267-7326  
    If you are searching for an agency offering home care services, you want to be sure to choose a company that is safe, reliable and trustworthy for yourself or your family members. You can begin your search by creating a list of as many caregivers, companions, and nursing companies that you can find in order to contact them for further information and care services. First, ask friends and members in your community that have been in a similar situation what medical providers or health support agencies that they have used to care for their senior family members. You can also use the phonebook or internet as additional resources to find nurses. Once you have compiled the list, begin to contact the companies and ask them about the services that they offer. Do they have companions that will assist your elderly family member with bathing, taking medication, and maintaining a proper diet by consuming balanced meals? Do they provide in home, personal nursing care? Also ask each agency if they are affiliated with hospice care, as this might be a necessary, and possibly more affordable, option. If you are the primary caretaker of the patient, it is your responsibility to ensure that the medical staff that comes to the home, or the facility where the senior may be residing, is helpful and respectful, as well as being affordable. Ask all of the questions necessary, and also ask the company for references. When you contact the references, ask about the company's record for customer service, private health care, assisted living, and about the nurses that they have working for them. Be sure that you are comfortable with the choice you are making before committing to one service.


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