In our last blog post, we gave away tips on the process of vacating one’s home and moving into a senior home care living community in New Jersey. This time around our focus would be on care that can be administered in the comfort of your home by a home health care agency in New Jersey.
As this is still a very popular service and a preferred choice by many people, we believe that just like any other decision one makes when it comes to adopting a healthcare service there are penitent questions that needs to answer. So we have listed 5 key questions you should ask before employing a home care health agency.
1)Is the agency licensed by the state?
By law, all agencies are allowed to have a license. It is important to do all the necessary checks to make sure you are using an agency that has been licensed by the state of New Jersey to carry out the home health care. If in doubt, ask
2) Is the agency insured and bonded?
Apart from having a license every health care agency in the sate of New Jersey is required to be insured and bonded. Make sure that you have confirmed that any agency you use fulfill this criteria. Again, if you are not sure whether this is the case, always ask the relevant person in the agency you intend to use.
3) Can the agency provide the services required?
This can lead to you asking questions such as: What services does the agency provide? Does the agency service the area in which you live? Can the agency provide all the services you need? Are services available 24 hours, 7 days a week? Would services begin immediately? If not, how long is the wait?
4) What is the Cost of care?
Cost is a very vital part of health care and it is beneficial for all parties to understand the cost before entering into any contract with any New Jersey Health care agency. When it comes to the issue of cost, the following questions can help make better and informed decisions. What are the total costs of the services you require? Does the agency aspect Medicare, Medicaid, VA Benefits and insurance companies? Are you required to use the services for a minimum number of hours per day or per week?
5) How good is the standard of the Agency Staff & Training they are provided?
The quality of the employees used by any organisation determines the quality of the service they would provide. The Best Health Care Agencies in New Jersey when would easily answer these questions: Does the agency require and verify employee references? Does the agency do a background check on all employees? What are the employee qualifications and their specific job descriptions? Do the employees receive special training related to caring for home health patients? Is the training ongoing?
The key here is not to rush into any decision you make. Always make sure you are asking for references and talking to the right people during the decision making process. The process of selecting a home care agency can be hectic and if care is not taken the wrong decision can lead to dire consequences for the person receiving the care. If you would want to know more about we can help you make the right decision for your home care needs, fill out our contact form by clicking here. We would be more than happy to assist you.