The 3 Things to Know Before Hiring a Home Health Aide

We already established in previous posts that deciding on whether or not to go for home health care is tough. It’s a decision that requires a lot of thought. Unfortunately, most people who require the services, either for themselves or their loved ones, do not know very much about hiring a home health aide or home care agency.

In this post, we will be looking at three important things you need to know should you ever need a home health care provider.

1. The first thing you need to know is whether or not you need home health care in the first place. This seems like a simple enough question, but the truth is most people don’t really know. A home health aide will provide personal care for you at home, but will not provide medical care services. If you need help with minor household assistance such as cooking, running minor errands, or even companionship, then you should consider the services of a homemaker (or personal care assistant) instead.

2. Once you have determined that a home health aide/ agency /care provider is what you need. Congratulations. The next step will be, figuring out which agency, there are hundreds upon hundreds of licensed home health care agencies in New Jersey along (thousands all over the US). The next question is how do you decide on which one to choose. You should probably start with making sure they, at the very least, meet all of the licensing laws of the State you’re in. Also, make sure they have an agreement for services you can sign before they start working. A few years of experience wouldn’t hurt as well.

3. Money! Make sure you have enough. As we’ve discussed in a previous post, Medicare will not pay for certain home health care services. So, if your needs do not meet the Medicare eligibility criteria, you’re going to have to be paying out of pocket, and depending on the services you’re getting, and the agency providing them, these costs can vary. So, before you start, make sure you have enough coverage.

Before we conclude, it would not be right of us if we don’t mention that Elite HomeCare is a licensed, Insured and bonded home health care agency in New Jersey. Our care providers are well trained and experienced, and our rates won’t have you breaking the bank.

If you want to learn more about how we can be of service to you, or if you just have any questions about home health care, you can give us a call on (732) 964-0062. Or you could just send us an email at [email protected] We would love to hear from you.

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