Choosing a Home Care Provider
Reviewed by: MySeniorCare Staff
Finding the best home care provider for your loved one will require preparation, effective research and some interviewing. We'll explore the options for home care services, insurance and cost analysis and the best ways to find quality care.
Before beginning your search for a provider, you should start to think about what services you will require the provider to perform. Based on your needs, you can begin to narrow your search down to the agencies, or private caregivers that fit your needs.
Examining and Assessing Your Home Care Needs
While the need to bring in outside assistance for your loved one may have been a result of procrastination, it could also be the result of an unexpected medical emergency, death of a loved one's spouse, or other life changing event. You, or someone very close to your loved one should spend some time with them to view first hand what tasks or activities of daily living they may require assistance with.
Geriatric care managers, discharge planners at hospitals and social workers are skilled at assessing needs. You can also use our home care test to get an idea of the level of services required.
Locating Potential Home Care Providers
Some of the best sources for finding quality home care are right in your community. Doctors, hospitals, and state resources such as departments of health, aging and social services. These local resources, including your local county or regional Area Agency on Aging can provide you with a list of accredited home care agencies and local assistance programs in your local area.
Family members, friends and co-workers are likely to have either been in the same situation themselves, or know of someone who has searched for home care before. If so, try to find out as much as you can about how they found the provider, and what their experience was like.
If your loved one is being discharged from a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation center, the discharge nurse, social worker or administrator may be able to recommend agencies in your area. As applies when shopping for anything, it is always best to review several options rather than hiring the first agency or private caregiver you come across.In addition to the resources above, MySeniorCare.com has created the most comprehensive senior care provider directory online. By prescreening all care providers, it is a great way to find local home care providers in your city.