Regardless of how safe we become in our homes- regardless of how prepared we become for the unexpected accident or emergency - we may need someone to help us in our home. Whether it’s simple household chores or 24/7 medical attention, choosing the “right” care provider requires research and attention to your specific conditions and needs AND the quality and integrity of the home care service provider.
Here are three websites that provide information about home care providers:
The Eldercare Locator (http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.NET/Public/index.aspx), a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services. Whether an older person needs help with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction. Eldercare Locator provides online chat with an Information Specialist Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm ET, call 1.800.677.1116.
Home Health Compare (http://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/search.html) is the official US Government site for Medicare with searchable information about the quality of care provided by “Medicare-certified” home health agencies throughout the nation. “Medicare-certified” means the home health agency is approved by Medicare and meets certain Federal health and safety requirements.
HomeHealthCareAgencies.com (http://www.homehealthcareagencies.com/) was created to give consumers a resource where they can research Medicare-certified home care agencies, private duty home care companies and hospice care services in their area, as well as learn about various state regulations and other home health care information. They have compiled a home health care directory, with a list of home care companies by city and state. You can search for all agencies within your given area, then conduct research to identify the best possible home care companies for your needs.
If you or a loved one needs help at home, then these sites can assist you in your research to find trustworthy, quality caregivers. The information from any of these services should be reviewed carefully. Gather as much information as possible about home health agencies. And talk to your doctor or other health care provider about their knowledge of home care providers.