Do you need an in home care nurse?
If you are going through the process of hiring an in home care nurse or you are looking for a home health agency, it is important to ask pertinent questions regarding the qualifications of the nurse and/or the agency.
You can add the following list of questions to any questions you have already chosen to ensure you are choosing the provider who will best attend to your needs or the needs of your loved one.
How Long Has The Agency Been In Business?
You will want to find a home health agency that has been in business for several years and has an excellent reputation. An agency that has only been around for a few years may not have a track record established or any noticeable red flags.
Find out as much as you can about the company and the types of services the company offers. Also find out who owns the home care agency.
What Are The Qualifications Of The Nurses And Aides?
Your in home care nurse should have a current and valid license and proper training. Make sure the nurse provides you a copy of his or her credentials prior to performing services.
What Process Does The Agency Have In Place To Monitor Care?
The agency should have some measures of quality assurance in place. A reputable agency will send a representative to the home or call the home on a regular basis to monitor the level of care that is being provided by the nurse.
If the agency does not offer this service, find out how the client and/or family can offer feedback on the level of care that is being received, and who the family can contact at the agency to answer any questions.
Does The Agency Conduct A Home Visit Before Home Care Services Begin?
A reputable agency will offer a free home visit or assessment prior to the start of services. During this assessment the client, family members and an agency representative should meet and discuss how the agency can best serve the client’s needs.
An in home care nurse will help to fill a growing need in nursing care. As more clients choose to receive medical care in the comfort of their home, in home nurses will continue to be instrumental in dealing with the challenges.
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