Do Your Home Care Homework
If you have never received home care services the odds are you don’t know much about them. Home care is a subject that tends to be discussed only after the immediate need arises. At that point you don’t have time to research agencies or to learn about available services and potential benefits that may cover some of the cost. Too often this scenario leads to an unhappy experience. At Advantage we recommend you do your homework ahead of time.
The most important step is to start gathering information before you need it. After all, most of us wouldn’t wait until we are on the operating table to seek a surgeon. You don’t have to look far to find a wealth of information about both services and agencies. Just as when searching for a doctor or attorney some of the best advise can come word of mouth. Who do you know who has had experience with home care? Would they recommend the agency that provided their care? Your local Area on Aging has a list of the home care providers in your area, as does the phone book. We recommend you call several agencies and request they send you information. Keep that information in the same place you keep all your healthcare related documents so that you, or a family member, can find it when the time comes.
Preparing for the day when you may need help is too important to leave until you are in the position of having to take potluck. An informed healthcare consumer is much more likely to make appropriate choices and to receive what they want. Don’t wait for somebody else to make your home care decisions for you. As a patient you have the right to decide who will provide your care. To be able to do that, you’ll need to do your homework first.