Tips for Choosing the Right Orlando Home Care Agency
Medicaid covers some home health care from skilled RNs and LPNs, home health agencies, and more. Figuring out Medicaid eligibility, and narrowing down your options and choosing the right option for your family member can be daunting. You need someone on your side who can help you make the right choices for your elderly family member and ensure Medicaid will cover the in-home healthcare. That is why you need an Orlando elder law attorney who can help.
At the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., we specialize in helping elderly clients and their families. Whether you need assistance with nursing home planning, Medicaid eligibility, or narrowing down in-home healthcare options, we are here for you. We take tremendous pride in helping our Orlando clients make important decisions about their long-term care needs.
Choosing the right home health care agency is just as important as selecting the right nursing home. You might assume it’s easier to find good in-home care because someone will always be around, but that’s not necessarily the case. When you are faced with an emergency like a stroke or other serious injury, you don’t want to select someone who isn’t going to take care of your loved one’s needs. Start researching options ahead of time, so you aren’t scrambling to make a decision when there’s an emergency.
Do Your Research
Start by jotting down exactly what type of home care you are looking for. Will you need someone who is there full-time, someone who can provide nursing care, dementia care, transport your family member, etc.? Before making any decisions, discuss what type and level of care are really needed so they can remain living at home safely. Maybe they only need a little help around the house, while others need assistance with daily activities like showering.
When you start searching for options online, remember the online results only tell a part of the story. Don’t rely on basic information you can find anywhere. Do a little digging, look for awards and accolades listed on their site. Research their reputation, check for disciplinary actions, etc.
Ask for Recommendations
You may not realize it, but you probably know people who can refer you to the best agency. Good places to start looking can include asking extending family members, neighbors, friends, and even colleagues. They may have a family member currently receiving home health care assistance.
Interview Your Top Picks
Just like you would tour a nursing home and speak with the staff, you want to interview your top choices for home care services. Make the most of your time by setting up a list of questions you can ask each agency to compare their answers before making a decision.
Understand Your Budget
Knowing what you can afford is another critical aspect of the process. You don’t want to pick one and suddenly release that you cannot afford them, even with Medicaid assistance.
Contact an Orlando Elder Law Attorney
If you need assistance with in-home care options for someone in your family, don’t go through the process alone. Instead, contact the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. today to schedule an initial consultation.