It may take time to find an appropriate home care provider. First, it is necessary to determine your loved one’s specific needs. For guidance in assessing needs, family members may consult with their loved one’s physician, a hospital discharge planner, or a social service organization, such as an Area Agency on Aging. Once the assessment is completed, the family will be able to identify the type of home care services needed and which type of provider would be most appropriate.
Home care providers are often listed in the Yellow Pages under “home care,” “nurses,” or “hospice.” Local organizations, such as the local Area Agency on Aging or a local chapter of the United Way, may also serve as a resource for information and/or referral. For more information about these organizations, visit www.n4a.org and www.unitedway.org. The National Center for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Home Care/Hospice Agency Locator contains the more than 20,000 home care and hospice agencies. This comprehensive resource can help individuals or family members find all the agencies in any particular area of the country. Visit NAHC online at www.nahc.org for more information.
Long-term care insurance can help cover expenses associated with home health care. Policies vary, but in general, they provide a set amount of coverage that can be used for nursing home, assisted living, or home care expenses. Such coverage can help promote independence and increase options for care.