Right at Home Palm Beach Gardens and Right at Home Palm Beach recently underwent a biannual state inspection in which we were found to have "No Deficiencies". Passing this inspection means that both of our home health agencies, Right at Home Palm Beach Gardens and Right at Home Palm Beach, are up-to-date and in compliance on all regulations set by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). When looking for home care in Palm Beach Gardens, there are a couple of questions to ask when hiring a home health care provider, especially regarding their previous state inspections.
What Is A Home Health Agency?
Before shopping around, it's important to first understand what a home health agency is. A home health care agency is an agency that provides home care services. These adult home care services are typically medical or non-medical. As a non-medical home health agency, Right at Home Palm Beach Gardens is licensed to provide Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).
ADLs are fundamental self-care tasks necessary to maintain independence. These activities include bathing, dressing, and grooming, and ambulation assistance (help moving around), transfers and positioning from bed-to-wheelchair or changing positions. IADLs are specific tasks needed to maintain independence. These tasks include transportation to and from doctor's appointments, light housekeeping, or meal preparation.
During state inspections, home health agencies are required to list the services they provide so it is important that you ask the following when identifying a home health care agency for your loved one.
Are They A Home Health Agency or Home Health Registry?
When shopping around, you may see some home care providers label themselves as registries. Many home care providers in the Palm Beach Gardens area are home care registries. Home care registries hire and refer independent contractors to provide senior home care assistance. As a result, you become the employer to that caregiver and may assume the responsibilities, risks, and liabilities of handling that caregiver's tax, background check, reference checks, and much more.
As a home health agency, Right at Home Palm Beach Gardens takes care of all of that for you. All our caregivers undergo a Federal Level 2 FBI background check as well as a state and local background check. In addition, we conduct professional reference checks and license verification, drug test before they enter your home, regular onsite visits, and much more. They are all licensed, insured, and bonded.
Staff Training on Alzheimer's Disease
Florida is home to a growing number of seniors with dementia. As a result, caregivers that provide in-home assistance for elderly with dementia in Palm Beach Gardens must have Alzheimer's training from an approved course from the Department of Elderly Affairs. These courses certify that caregivers have a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related disorders, know how to effectively communicate with those with Alzheimer's, and capable of promoting independence through activities of daily living.
What Is Their Quality Control Plan?
A lot of things can happen once the care starts. Ensuring care that quality home care is being provided is a continuous process. During state inspections, an inspector will ask for a copy of the agency's quality assurance procedures. At Right at Home Palm Beach Gardens, our office staff conducts regular unannounced onsite visits to ensure that our caregivers are providing the Right Care. In addition, our offices are always available if any issues arrive and work diligently to handle the matter.
About Right at Home Palm Beach Gardens
The Right at Home Palm Beach Gardens office of Right at Home is a locally owned and operated franchise office of Right at Home, LLC, serving the communities of Boynton Beach, Greenacres, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, and Wellington. For more information, visit Right at Home Palm Beach, or contact Bruce Gropper at (561) 440-2273 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.