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 four of our favorite websites that provide information about home care providers:
Seniorly.com is an online tool to help families find and connect with senior housing providers. They connect people and providers of independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities. They empower people to make their own choices by giving the an easy to understand and use streamlined search process with tools and a secure space to collaborate with family and friends. We like Seniorly because they are genuine, real people that will answer as many questions as you have to ensure that you and your loved ones are making a choice that is best for you and your life. Contact them at info.seniorly.com or call (415)570-4370
The Eldercare Locator is 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 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. The information in Home Health Compare should be looked at carefully. Use it with the other information you gather about home health agencies. Talk to your doctor or other health care provider about the information on Home Health Compare.
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. *Note: Fall prevention efforts can reduce the risk of falling. Caregivers and older homeowners can become knowledgeable about what needs to be done to make homes as fall-proof as possible. Check here often and search for product ideas that can make you safer in your home!