Where would you rather recover: a hospital environment or your own home? Advances in medicine have allowed patients from all over the Victor Valley and Inland Empire recover in the comfort of their homes.
Home health recovery encompasses many facets:
- Senior care
- Post-traumatic events such as stroke and heart attack.
What many people considering home health care may not know is that, in many instances, it must be doctor approved. A home health agency will be referred and work closely with your doctor on a plan of care. The plan of care will include a battery of services, licensed health care professionals, and suitable medical equipment. To facilitate a smooth transition, agency health care providers such as Registered Nurses (RNs) will instruct friends and family members to implement the plan of care.
For those patients who have the option, the question remains: “How do I find the right home health care provider?” There are many fine agencies located in Victorville and the Inland Empire that employ Registered Nurses as well as other licensed professionals. Culling the many options requires thorough u diligence. If an agency has been referred to you by Medicare, there is a handy tool on the Medicare website called Home Health Compare where you can evaluate approved home care organizations. If you are searching for a local agency on your own, the yellow pages and the Internet are good places to start.
When interviewing prospective home health care providers, a holistic approach may be best. Start with the company’s website. If they do not have one, that should be a yellow flag. Agencies or any business for that matter that does not have a website lacks a certain transparency. Lack of transparency leads to lack of trust. Information on prospective care givers should be readily available in all mediums—print and electronic. Once you have narrowed the list, conduct on-site interviews with the director and other employees. Trust your instincts. Request referrals from clients and follow up with them. A little homework can pay big dividends when selecting an in-home care giver.