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October 10, 2016   |    Blog, Health and Aging, In-Home Care

What to Ask When Choosing In-Home Care and Services

Nurse taking senior woman's blood pressure

To be successful, there are multiple factors to consider and plan for:

  • Who can best meet my prescribed in-home nursing care needs?
  • Who will help with daily household chores, getting to appointments, and out for groceries?
  • Can I manage home maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal?
  • What if I need more assistance than can be provided in my home?
  • Who has experience in senior care that I can trust to enter my home?
  • Who has a relationship with the local support systems so all of my potential needs are covered?

How do you choose a service provider when your doctor prescribes in-home health care to treat an injury or illness? What do you do when you need help with daily tasks? No matter how eager you are to get back to life as usual, going home with a new diagnosis, advanced illness or injury poses challenges. Your doctor’s office or social worker will provide you with an extensive list of choices but this offers no indication which services are best for your circumstances. Don’t leave your decision to a game of chance – after all, the provider you choose is responsible for your healthcare and will need to be trusted to come into your home unsupervised.

Wesbury offers the only local choice that has the combined solution to all of these concerns. To help you make the right choice, here’s what you need to know:

Home healthcare nurse, physical therapy with senior adult woman.In Home Medical Care

VNA Alliance, a partnership of Wesbury, Meadville Medical Center, Grove City Medical Center, St. Paul’s Home of Greenville and Concordia Visiting Nurses of Butler, provides in-home medical care as well as in-home physical, occupational, speech therapies, palliative care, and a medical social worker. These are medical services and require a prescription from your doctor and are typically covered by your health insurance.

Companion Helping Man with Walker Take Dog for Walk.Non-Medical in Home Care

Wesbury at Home offers non-medical in-home support with daily tasks such as assistance with hygiene, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, grocery shopping, and meal preparation or delivery. These services can be chosen anytime without your doctor’s involvement and are typically paid out of pocket. Financial aid may be available.

A Continuum of Care

Over time you may require more or less services. Wesbury offers a full continuum of services. You may transition from short term rehabilitation to home with VNA Alliance and Wesbury at Home to a move to maintenance-free housing, personal or long-term care. Wesbury and VNA Alliance staff work together to provide solutions, security, optimum health and wellbeing. As you journey through changes in health and circumstances, you will not have to face the question “Who do I choose?” With VNA Alliance you will be part of a full continuum of services that collaborates with the areas preferred service providers to meet your needs and who is partnered with Wesbury, the experienced provider who has cared for generations of families for over 98 years.

For more information on VNA Alliance, call 814-333-7000; for more information on Wesbury at Home services, call 814-332-9186 or submit an online information request.