Caregivers and seniors often use the holidays as a time to reevaluate things. One of the most important things that a caregiver can do is create a better care situation for a loved one. That can often mean initiating home care services.
But how does home care get started? Here’s a step-by-step guide to establishing home care for yourself or a loved one:
- Set up an appointment with the primary care physician – Home care is typically established through a doctor’s referral. Doctors can refer a patient for reasons including a new diagnosis or condition, exacerbation of a previous diagnosis or condition, or a recent fall.
- Ask for a referral to Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services – Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services has existing relationships with medical professionals throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, but any primary care physician can set up a referral by phone or through our online form. This referral form is the beginning of the home care process, and is often completed within 24 hours of your visit with the physician.
- Attend an in-home evaluation – A Liberty staff member (typically a nurse, physical therapist, or speech therapist depending on the diagnosis) will visit your home and determine the frequency of home care visits. Those visits can be weekly or more often, depending on the needs of the patient.
- Finalize your schedule with Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services – Liberty personnel will arrange the schedule of home care visits, and will ensure that you or your loved one gets the attention that is needed and deserved.
This process can be completed with little paperwork, and visits can often be done for little cost to the patient. For more information, please contact Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services, and we will be happy to answer any questions about getting home care started.