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Nursing Home care vs. In Home Healthcare

Some cases there is not a option to be able to take care of your loved ones in your own home. We turn to the knowledgeable and educated staff of a nursing care facility. We all have jobs, kids, and plans that can prevent us from being able to take care of our family members. You would like to be able to have them at home with you so you know that they are being taken care of accordingly. We ask ourselves these questions every time we think about our families safety and health.

Q: How do you know that you can trust some one to come in to your home?

A: You don’t really know. Home Healthcare agencies are required by law to do background checks on all of their employees. Most agencies only employ people that have respectable references and clean backgrounds. When you are considering a Home Healthcare agencies request a one on one interview with the considered home health care nurse and aide. This will give you a little piece of mind going into the situation. Ask specific questions that pertain to your families needs. Make sure you are comfortable with the staff.

Q: Is it cheaper to hire a Home Healthcare agency instead of putting them in a Nursing Care Facility?

A: Pricing varies from state to state as well as what your needs are. This is something you will have to go through when you are looking for a provider. Medicare, private insurance, and private pay will make the cost vary as well.

Q: Will insurance cover it?

A: This is something you will have to contact your insurance company about. Most insurances cover nursing home care as well as home health care. Each insurance company is different in what they will and wont cover. You can call your insurance provider and talk to them about it. They might be able to tell you where and who to talk to. You may also talk to your doctor or the doctors nurse. They are very knowledgeable about how to go about placing a loved one.

Q: What is the difference between the two?

A: Nursing home care is defined by 24 hour 7 days a week nursing care. They have staffing around the clock to be able to take care of your loved one. They have Dietary staff, Housekeeping staff, Laundry staff, Nursing staff, Care Planning Team, etc. They all have a roll in keeping your loved one safe and happy.

In Home Healthcare is just that. Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants come in to your families home, take care of them in the comfort of there own surroundings. This is a lot better for the person that needs one on one attention for the condition that they have.

Q: How do I know what I am doing is the best thing for my family and myself?

A: This is a very sensitive matter and isn’t the easiest decision to make. You know what is the best for your parent, aunt, uncle, and in sad cases children. Sometimes there are conditions that require 24 hour care that only a nursing home setting can offer. Make sure you talk to everyone including family members, insurance companies, and medical staff. There is all different kinds of Nursing Homes and Home Healthcare agencies. Sometimes it is difficult to decide what is best for the ones we love. Do your homework, discuss issues with family and friends, interview medical staff and research all options. Your family member will be better cared for.

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