Providing exceptional care for your patients or clients extends beyond the service you provide in your office. Oftentimes, older adults seek the guidance of a doctor or trusted healthcare professional before making the decision to receive in-home care services, and the number of seniors who require these services is growing. In fact:
40% of adults age 65 and up need daily assistance,
and 70% will need it at some point.
With the costs of healthcare climbing, many older adults find themselves in a vulnerable and worrisome situation when it comes to getting the assistance they need. In an effort to cut costs, some are turning to third-party caregivers for their home care, but does the cost savings outweigh the risks? Experts say, “No.”
In February 2017, a bill was introduced to the Illinois General Assembly attempting to protect older adults from this very issue. SB1676 is a Home Health Agency Referrals amendment that seeks to protect consumers from unqualified home care referrals and unlicensed third-party caregivers. In short it states:
A hospital licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act, hospital operated under the University of Illinois Hospital Act, facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, or health care provider licensed under any Act of this State that receives funds from the State may not refer a patient or the family of a patient to a home health agency, home nursing agency, or home services agency unless the agency is licensed under the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act.
Whether this bill passes or not, it raises some serious ethical issues. Do hospitals and senior living facilities have a responsibility to refer their patients/residents to qualified agencies? Do they have a duty to those they serve to outline the risks associated with hiring a third-party caregiver?
For your protection and the protection of the older adults you serve, only refer to qualified agencies that have the experience and resources to provide the care your patients need.
The LifeStyle Options Difference:
LifeStyle Options is RN-owned and independently-operated, and we have proudly served older adults throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs since 1989. Our extensive caregiver pool is carefully screened, selected and trained, so you can have complete confidence when you refer your patients or clients to us. In fact, LifeStyle Options has been rated in the top 5% customer satisfaction for over a decade. Check out our reviews on Yelp, Caring.com and BBB to learn more. We attribute this success to our exceptional staff, who are guided by our strong mission, which has remained unchanged over the past 28 years:
“LifeStyle Options’ mission is to provide reliable service of the highest
quality that encourages adults to be as independent as possible
and to live at home with dignity, comfort and security.”
LifeStyle Options is pleased to provide the complete scope of in-home care services to older adults throughout Chicago and the surrounding communities.
Rest assured, we will take exceptional care of your patients!