Posted on Dec 12, 2012
Orlando Senior Helpers is the top Elder Care company in the nation. What many people do not know about home health care is that there are 4 main categories of home care providers, and each one is very distinct from the other. This blog is being written to showcase the four different types of care providers and to compare and contrast them so that one can make the best decision possible when seeking care for their loved ones.
The four types of care providers are: Independent caregivers, homemaker/companion organizations, nurse registries, and home health agencies (state licensed only and state licensed/ Medicaid or Medicare certified). What really makes each provider so different is the amount of regulation they follow. A home health agency (such as Orlando Senior Helpers) follows all of the regulations compared to Independent caregivers who have the highest risk factor due to the lack of regulation.
Here are a few factors to show you exactly what each type of home care provider does:
1. What services can be legally provided?
a) State licensed and Medicare or Medicaid Certified organizations provide all the services listed above as well as home medical equipment, social work, diabetics and nutrition as well as nurses in all certified registries who can perform forms of therapy and etc…
b) Sate Licensed Only agencies provide all the services listed above with the addition of a dedicated therapist
2. Can this provider offer hands-on personal care?
3. Care Provider Screening
4. Talk to me about coverage
In order to attain the services of these providers a patient must contact the agency and then either an agency provides the services through an employee or personnel (home health provider), or they make individual arrangements as with the case with an Independent contractor.
In the event of complaints, all agencies except for independent care givers are required to notify patients of how to report a complaint. Furthermore state investigations occur for all agency types once a complaint is made.
If non-compliance to the regulations occurs all the agency types are dealt with penalties and fines except for the independent contractor option. Agreements with Patient regarding the services they will receive are required for all company types with the exception of home maker and independent contractor agencies which are riskier.
A licensing or registration fee is required with all options except for independent contractors who do not need to be licensed to practice home health care. Furthermore staff training requirements in Alzheimers and disorders are a must for home health agencies and nurse registries but not for home maker and independent contractor services.
Overall the decision you make is yours, but it is a fact that the most highly trained and regulated home care option is to choose a home health agency like Orlando Senior Helpers. They can assure the quality and care your loved one deserves and have the full capability to provide any and all services they may need. If you would like to contact an elder care company such as Orlando Senior Helpers, visit our contact page.