Two Types of Caregiver Agencies

You have many available options when it comes to providing care for your loved one. When the time comes for you to make an educated decision on care, keep in mind there are two primary types of agencies that provide care for persons requiring assistance within the home.

Probably the oldest and most familiar provider of home care services is known as the home health agency. The home health agency is licensed, Medicare certified and accepts other 3rd party billing of health insurances. Medicare certification means that the agency has met specific federal guidelines and criteria regarding patient care. They offer skilled services which must be ordered by a physician, not custodial care. Those eligible must be homebound (require assistance to leave home) and have a need for skilled care by nurses, physical therapist, etc…

Non Medical Home Care is generally provided on a 2 to 24hr basis to provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Cypress falls into this category by providing non-medical supportive custodial care that is supplied by home health aides, CNA’s, homemakers and companions. The idea is to provide supportive services that will allow a loved one to remain at home. Services range from housekeeping, companion care and personal care. One point to clarify is that non-medical care is not reimbursable under Medicare and for that reason is most often paid for privately.

Make an educated decision on what care you choose and ask around to find out the reputation of an agency. Ask for references to previous customers and verify agency training practices. A great caregiver should be well-informed and knowledgeable of industry practices and standards.

Posted on October 1, 2010