Home Health Care and Hospice Information

CAUTION! When Medicare patients are discharged from a hospital and need home health care to recover, or if they need hospice care, Medicare will not pay for it unless it is provided by a Medicare-certified agency. But, less than half of home health care agencies are certified. Care at home can be very expensive if you have to pay for it out of your own pocket.
Remember: If you are discharged from a hospital and need home health care while you recover, ask if the agency is Medicare-certified BEFORE you hire them.
Tip: Many excellent home health care agencies are not certified by Medicare. But, it's not because they aren't good enough. Instead, they only provide services that aren't covered by Medicare, but which their clients need to remain in their own homes. Note: For more information about home health care products, or for clothing especially designed for the needs of the elderly, go to our page Home Health Care Products and Supplies.
Certified Senior Approved Services Certified Senior Approved Services
When you select a Certified Senior Approved Service, you can be assured that it is a safe, reliable company with a proven history of quality care. Each Certified Senior Business must have received a 90% or higher rating from seniors through their independent consumer driven survey process. In other words, they take the guesswork out of choosing a homecare company, an assisted living facility, and any other service that you or your mom and dad may need.
Comfort Keepers Comfort Keepers
Comfort Keepers provides non-medical in-home care to thousands of people, one person at a time.
medical equipment home health care products Daily Living Solutions for Mature Americans
For home medical equipment, home health care products for the elderly, and products that make life a little easier – whether you or a loved one needs a little help, or a lot – here are hundreds of practical and affordable solutions.
ElderCare Link ElderCarelink - Free Comprehensive ElderCare Referral Service
We have partnered with ElderCarelink to help you find the right local eldercare services for your loved one. ElderCarelink has established a nationwide network of carefully screened eldercare providers and facilities. We are pleased to bring this referral service to you free of charge. Last year, over 100,000 families used this service in their search for high-quality senior care. Let them assist you by filling out their brief survey.
Gentiva Health Services Gentiva Health Services
Gentiva Health Services is North America's largest full-service home health care company. They provide a broad range of services, from skilled nursing and rehabilitation care to personal care. While most of their offices are Medicare-certified, they also provide a few services that Medicare doesn't cover. But, it appears that they don't offer homemaker or companion services.
Hospice Association of America Hospice Foundation of America
This excellent educational organization conducts programs of public education and information and professional development for those interested in care at the end of life. It publishes a wide range of works for professionals and consumers in the areas of grief, bereavement and clergy education.
Hospice Association of America Hospice Association of America
More than 90% of the hospice services provided for terminally-ill patients and their families are based in the home, allowing families to be together when they need it most. This is the consumer section of the Hospice Association of America's (HAA) Web site. Their publication, "All About Hospice: A Consumer's Guide," is especially informative.HAA is a national organization of more than 2,800 hospices and thousands of caregivers and volunteers. About 2,300 of HAA's members are Medicare-certified; others are all-volunteer hospices.Since HAA is affiliated with the National Association for Home Care (NAHC), you can use their HomeCare and Hospice Agency Locator to find a hospice near the patient. After filling in the patient's City and State, it is helpful to check "Hospice" under Agency Classification. Refer to our comments below about the National Association for Home Care.
  NAHC Locator NAHC Locator
Hospice Patients Alliance Hospice Patients Alliance
The Hospice Patients Alliance (HPA) promotes quality hospice services whether a patient is enrolled in a licensed hospice or not, whether residing at home or in a facility. If asked, they can directly assist patients, families and caregivers in resolving difficulties they may have with current hospice services. Their goal — to protect the rights of patients, their families and caregivers, the bereaved and hospice staff.
Interim HealthCare Interim HealthCare
For more than 40 years, Interim has been one of the nation's leading providers of home health care services ... family centered care that helps people remain in the comfort of their own homes.

With our network of over 300 locations from coast-to-coast. Interim provides health care professionals at all skill levels, from registered nurses and therapists to companions and home health aides ... caregivers who are sensitive to the needs of both patients and their families.

Trusted by physicians and patients, Interim HealthCare delivers appropriate high quality care and treats each patient with genuine compassion, kindness and respect.

National Association for Home Care National Association for Home Care
This is the primary national association of home health care agencies and hospices. Use their Locator to search through a comprehensive database of more than 22,500 agencies nationwide. Important Note: Even though the Locator search form allows you to specify criteria such as payment options, Medicare and/or Medicaid certification and programs offered, it appears that much of this information has not yet been added for most agencies. As a result, detailed searches are not productive at this time. But, you don't have to complete the entire search form. We recommend that you search using only the patient's Zip Code (or City and State), then phone each identified agency to ask about their Medicare certification (if necessary), the type of care they provide, etc.
Senior Companions Program Senior Corps' Senior Companions Program
Created by Congress in 1993, the Corporation for National Service engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service. Its Senior Corps' Senior Companions Program helps adults who need assistance to live independently in their own homes. Senior Companions provide companionship and friendship to isolated frail seniors, assist with simple chores, provide transportation, and add richness to their lives. This section of the Corporation's Web site allows you to search for programs in your area.
Visiting Nurse Associations of America Visiting Nurse Associations of America
Visiting Nurse agencies (VNAs) provide skilled nursing care and rehabilitation therapy services that usually are covered by Medicare. They usually don't provide personal care and homemaker services. Their Web site includes a search function to locate VNAs in your area.
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