There are many types of home health services, both traditional and non-traditional. Home nursing and assistant services, massage therapists that visit the home, physiotherapists, even beauty therapists who do face massage could be considered a home health service. Whatever home health assistance you need, there is probably a service or individual who is willing to provide it.
Online shopping for home health services can be convenient and easy, but you need to take some additional care before you decide on a service. Here are seven tips for shopping online for home health services.
EVALUATE YOUR NEEDS. Before looking for a health professional to provide in-home help, you need to clearly define your own needs. What exactly are you hoping to achieve? What sort of person do you think could best help you? What sort of tasks do you think they would have to do in order for your needs to be met? How much can you afford to pay? How much time do you think they would need to spend regularly at your home?
START WITH AN ONLINE SEARCH OF HOME HEALTH PROVIDERS IN YOUR LOCAL AREA. Look for agencies and professional organizations with members who work privately as well. Once you have them listed, check them out. Read the information on their websites and take down contact phone numbers so you can call them.
QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK. Do they have professional membership and if necessary, State registration? Do their employees or contractors have professional qualifications and professional memberships? Can you request someone of a particular gender? Are the service providers who visit the home covered by insurance?
PRICING. You need to ask about the costs of the service. You need to ask if there is a minimum number of hours charged whether worked or not. Some agencies, for example, will charge a minimum of three hours even if the work only takes one hour.
REFERENCES. Request references including contact numbers even if you are using an agency. Either phone the referees yourself, or have someone you trust make the calls for you. If you are going to have someone in your home providing a health related service, you need to be sure of their bona fides. Even though agencies have this role, you cannot be sure that they are fulfilling it. Contacting people who have employed the person you are interested in hiring, helps to prevent mistakes.
HEALTH INSURANCE. Do you have private health cover? If so check with your provider to see if they will cover all or part of the expenses. You might be surprised.
COMPARE SERVICES, PRICES AND QUALITY OF SERVICE BASED ON REFERENCES. Once you have all the information you need, make a decision. Look for the best combination of quality, price, reliability and guarantees.
Shopping online for a home health service can save time but also requires additional safeguards to ensure the genuineness of the provider. If you follow the seven tips given in this article, you are in a good position to find the best home health service for your needs.