How can I find a home care agency for a cancer patient?
Finding a home care agency that meets your needs may take some research, but it will be time well spent. You’ll want to review the quality of their care, whether the services you need are included, staff training and expertise, and your medical coverage of the needed services. Most communities have many providers to choose from. Here are some ways to start your search for names and phone numbers of agencies:
Talk with your doctor, social worker, or hospital discharge planner about home care agencies near you. They usually have worked with home care agencies and know which ones can be counted on to respond best to the needs of their patients.
Information and referral services may be offered through your local Area Agency on Aging, local United Way chapter, or the nearest chapter of your American Cancer Society. Other good resources are:
National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
Visiting Nurse Associations of America
Ask friends in your area about any home health care agencies they have used or heard about. You can also check your local yellow pages under “home care,” “home health care,” and “nurses.”
Contact your state’s department of health or social services to get a list of licensed agencies. If you’re looking for a Medicare-certified agency, call Medicare (1-800-MEDICARE [633-4227]) or check the blue pages of your phone book for your county or state health department.