Home Care Confusion

Elderly Home Care St. Louis

In Home Care, At Home Care, Elder Care, In Home Senior Care, Home Health Care and the list goes on and on and on!!
I have found myself saying this phrase more times than I like to admit.  I like to think of myself as a fairly independent and capable individual who when faced with an unfamiliar task can easily read up, ask around and research my way into a comfortable place!  NOT SO MUCH IN THE WORLD OF HOME CARE PROVIDERS!
When I was searching for homecare for my dad I became very overwhelmed by all of the choices and information out there…..and I AM A SOCIAL WORKER!  
When faced with a touch decision (What is going to be best for mom or dad?) it is really best to just follow some basic guidelines!  Below are some of the basics that I found helpful when I was searching for home care for my dad!  This list is a good starting point but is by no means complete….Home Care Solutions St. Louis will continue to post information/questions to ask to help you so stay tuned!  In the meantime……
Feel confident to ask:
1.    Does the home care provider supply literature explaining its services, fees does it have a “Patient Bill of Rights?”
2.    What kind of payments does the home care agency accept? Medicare, private insurance, private pay?
3.    What range of home care services does the agency provide? 
4.    Can they meet any special needs you may have (e.g. language or cultural preferences)?
5.    How does the provider select and train its employees? Does it perform background checks?
6.    Does the provider assign supervisors to oversee the quality of care that clients are receiving in their homes?

This list of questions is just the tip of the iceberg when becoming informed about home care options.  I am so proud to be part of Home Care Solutions St. Louis where we are dedicated to quality of our care and helping YOU become an expert in your loved ones care!   What question do you have?  Send us an e-mail and Home Care Solutions St. Louis would be more than happy to help you navigate the world of home care in St. Louis for your loved one! Happy Friday everyone, have a safe and happy weekend and thumbs up for doing your research and getting involved!