In the wake of healthcare reform, health providers are bundling services to link the ‘continuum of care’: the insurance companies contract with hospitals, hospitals with doctors, rehabilitation centers, medical providers and medical and non-medical home care companies. It is important for the consumer to know that they do have choices as to what providers to select – the consumer does not have to choose the ‘partner’ company. One of the patient’s Bill of Rights states that choices should always be given, and you – the patient – have the right to choose a different company from the ‘partner’.
These choices are sometimes confusing, and can be simplified by the services of a Care Manager. Think of the Care Manager as the ‘navigator’ through healthcare decisions. They also provide resource material to help you along the way.
When choosing personal home health care, be sure the company is Texas licensed and that the employees are their employees (as opposed to contract labor) and are fully vetted. Make sure their service area conforms with your needs (some franchises may operate where the hospital is, but not where you live). Flexibility, responsiveness, and caring professionalism are very important.
We are fortunate today that there are so many opportunities for good care, and that care can travel with you from the hospital bed into your home. Good home care helps gets you back on your feet more quickly and promotes the independent lifestyle you want and deserve.
There is no place like home!