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questions to ask when looking for home health agencies
Posted: Monday, December 28, 2020 9:43 AM
Joined: 2/14/2020
Posts: 23

I know I have seen it on here but cannot find in the archives. anyone to help me
Posted: Monday, December 28, 2020 10:37 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 19400

You are right. There is a great post about the questions to ask. I have never been able to find anything in the archives.

One thing you can do to eliminate facilities is to ask via telephone what the training program is. You want trained staff !  The training should be for new staff as well as ongoing and you should be able to look the program up online. Do not settle for "oh, our staff is well trained" or "we have our own program".

Another thing you can do is to look at a copy of their license application which will list in black and white the services they provide.

Posted: Monday, December 28, 2020 9:56 PM
Joined: 5/25/2020
Posts: 178

I can't help with the archive either, sorry. To add on to jfkoc's comment, I would add, ask whether they have aides with experience in dementia. 

Good luck.

Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 5:28 AM
Joined: 9/21/2017
Posts: 705


Even if they say we order criminal background and driving records, make them give you the dates of the last one for that person in their file before you interview them . The office staff maybe so eager for a placement bonus they skip that step.

Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 8:06 AM
Joined: 2/14/2020
Posts: 23

Thank you for the suggestions. I hadn't thought of the criminal record.  I am also looking online for other suggestions. I always come here and learn by reading everyone's experiences. Little leary about having someone come in home with the covid thing but need the respite time, even a little bit.