How to Find the Right Home Health Care Service Provider

By Sofia Coraines

The first step you need to take is to decide what exactly you need in order to find the right home health care service provider.

If you are looking for outside providers, then here are some guidelines to help you:

1.    Begin With Your Own Networks

Start collecting referrals from your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues first as they give the best ones at times. Then try your church and other social groups. You could ask those whom you know about any health care service providers that they have used and trust. You can also ask referrals from your doctors and other healthcare professionals that you know.

2.    Make Use of Adult Resources

You can also check with eldercare resources, senior centers, or agencies on aging. For home health care, you can check with your doctors and healthcare professionals to get your first referrals, and also find out what is covered by your insurance.

When you start looking for health care services, you will get referrals for independent providers, registries and full-service agencies. Which among these is actually your best option? Here are some points to consider for each of them:

•    Full Service Agencies

These are usually costlier, although sometimes that may not be as important. The applicants provided by them have been pre-screened and have undergone background checks already. As the caregiver is working with the agency, billing and tax issues will be lot simpler. You can check out the history of the agencies to see if they have negative reviews too. If the caregiver provided does not seem to be working out or quits or calls in sick, then there will be a replacement sent in immediately by the company with coverage.

•    Independent Providers And Registries

These are not as expensive as agencies although you will be required to carry out some careful log work. You have to constantly be fully aware of taxes and social security needs as you will be personally hiring a helper for home care in majority of the cases in the form of an employee. You must consider identity verification and background checks carefully as verification is not done independently in this case. There is no backup coverage if there is an event of illness or quitting. Even if you are considering it as an option due to a referral from a trusted person, knowing these things is always beneficial.

Sofia Coraines is a contributing writer for CoziCare In-Home Personal Care Service Inc. For more related articles about the Personal Care Services, Home Care Services, and Companionship Services, please visit

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