home health careEvery year, more than 8.7 million people receive home health care support from long-term home health agencies. There are many reasons why so many senior citizens opt for home health care. If you believe that your elderly loved one should seriously consider receiving home health care services, you should know what questions to ask.

    1. Are nurses responsible for evaluating the home care needs of your loved one? — If the working professionals who are coming into the home aren’t consulting with their patients’ doctors and other medical professionals, they will not know what solutions and methods work best for that particular patient. You wouldn’t want your elderly parent or loved one to be cared for by someone’s who doesn’t take doctor recommendations or other important information into account.

 

    1. Does the home care provider have a “Patient Bill of Rights”? — Making sure that the organization you’re working with has some sort of literature explaining the services they offer is essential before making any decision. You should go over all the rights and responsibilities the providers will have and check to make sure they are keeping up on all the latest elderly care educational materials.

 

    1. What kind of experience does the home care provider have? — It’s important to ask exactly how long the agency has been providing elderly assistance and use this information in your decision. You and your elderly loved one might not be comfortable choosing a company that has only been in business for a few months. You want the best possible service for your loved one and they certainly deserve as much.

 

  1. Will the family and/or client be involved in developing the care plan? — This is another important question that should be asked before anything is signed. Some providers work hand in hand with the family and client to develop a personalized care plan, which is best. And some companies just do what they know, which could provide some complications, as everyone has varying needs.

If you and your elderly loved one are in need of qualified senior caregivers, contact Family Tree In-Home Senior Care today.