A person’s sickness or injury, is not only the reason that healthcare homes are opted for, but study shows that they can also accelerate the healing process as well as giving a certain aura of peace.
How does one choose between the available healthcare home options; is the main question on everyone’s mind.
To start, an advice from family and friends can be a major help in one’s choice. If a close friend or a family member has ever been hospitalized, talking to a staff member at the facility can influence a decision. An alternative is to look up on the Internet.
As the actual type of care needed might has already been specified by physician, the search can be narrowed down easily.
Since, anyone can read the prescription or medicine labels, but a few can actually understand the available healthcare options, therefore, a couple of important questions to ask could be:
- Service Listing – Do the services provided fulfill the criteria of healthcare needed? Is there anyone who can provide the desired information about services, choices and funding sources?
- Training and Supervision – What are the requirements and qualifications of the members of the facility? What is the actual qualification of the supervising staff? How often is the evaluation of the staff done by the authority to make sure of the care given?
- Coordination and Documentation – Are the visits and care provided recorded? Are the family members of the patient allowed to view the documentation? Does the facility coordinate with the physician?
Direct Care Providers
- Duration of visits – What is the frequency of the care provider’s visits? Do they attend to the needs of the patient in evenings and on off days? Do the visits give a know-how of the personality of the patient and his condition?
- Availableness – How often does the agency and its members get in touch with the family and friends of the patient? Is the information specifying any change in the patient’s condition or his health plan shared and how swift is it?
- Rotation of care – Is the same member providing the services constant or is there a change in the rotation of members? If changed, what is the durational gap? Does the family receive optimal notification of these changes in advance?
- Special Costs – Is there any extra cost associated with any extra services? What about extension of current services? Are methods available for any out-of-pocket facilities? Are there trained personnel available for going over the financial costs of a health plan at the facility?
- Billing and funding – Are the facilities provided by Medicare or Medicaid? Does the facility provide printed statements of costs? How often is the care provided invoiced if there is delay in payment?
It should be taken into account that the agencies that are up-to-date in their technological advancements provide the most efficient and the best possible healthcare.