The National Association for Home Care & Hospice offers so much great information on their website! Here is a checklist that you can use when interviewing home care providers:
How do I select a home care provider?
What can I expect from home health care? What services are provided?
Home health care includes a wide range of health care services for an illness or injury. Home health care helps patients to get better and regain their independence. Read more about what to expect from home health care.
What will home care cost? How is the billing handled?
Home care typically costs a lot less than in-patient care and provides a more comfortable, personalized experience for the patient and their family. The cost is often based on the level of services required. For instance, a new mom may need housekeeping and personal care assistance from an aide while a patient with a chronic condition may require more extensive assistance from a nurse or therapist. Insurance and Medicare often cover much of the cost for home health care. To learn more, read this information on standard billing practices:
Is home care covered by Medicare? What about therapy?
Home health care, including intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, continued occupational services, and more, is covered by Medicare if the patient is under a doctor’s care. The patient’s plan of care must be established and regularly reviewed by your physician. Homemaker and personal care services are not covered by Medicare but may be covered by insurance so check with your insurer. Read more of the details from Medicare:
Choosing a home care agency is complicated. How can I compare them?
Medicare offers a handy one-page checklist that covers many of the most important questions you will want to ask any of the agencies you are considering. At Northern Rose, we are available at any time to answer your questions and set your mind at ease.