Home health care is a service where a client receives one-on-one assistance
from a qualified professional in the safety and comfort of their home.
Home health care ranges greatly and can cover a broad range of needs
- both temporary and permanent. Some times our clients require assistant
a couple of hours each day to help with bathing, dressing and activities
of daily living, while other clients require someone available around
the clock. By receiving home care services in their homes, clients can
live more healthy and independent lives. The personalized services that
clients receive both empower them and improve safety, well-being, and
overall happiness. Our goal is for clients to live comfortably at home
with the best care possible. If you think you or your loved one can
benefit from these services or if your family is simply unable to meet
the needs of a loved one who wishes to remain in their own home, home
health care may be the right choice for you.
Homemaker/companions are primarily that….a companion. They are
not permitted to do any “hands on care” to the client. The
primary role of a companion would be meal preparation, housekeeping
and shopping. If the client requires more assistance, like help with
bathing, dressing, walking, etc. then a Home Health Aide or Personal
Care Aide would be needed.
Recco Home Care Service, Inc. is licensed by the New York State Department
of Health. In order to maintain that license, we must adhere to strict
guidelines and regulations. We are also Accredited by The Joint Commission
and have earned their “Gold Seal” of approval.
New York State does require that all home care agencies be licensed
in order to perform “hands on” personal care. It does not,
however, require licensing of “Companion” agencies. These
unlicensed agencies are not required to follow any regulations to ensure
client safety. They are not required to do fingerprinting or background
checks on their employees. They are also NOT permitted to do any tasks
for the client like dressing, bathing, assist with walking, transferring.
They are only permitted to provide companion services. Once the client’s
condition changes and they need more direct care, they would then need
to be transferred to a Licensed Agency. Some licensed agencies also
perform companion services. This is the ideal situation when looking
for companion services. Using an agency that is licensed will make the
transition easier if the client’s needs should change and more
care is needed. The personal care services would then transfer over
seamlessly, without having to change agencies.
All our Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides go through a rigorous
application process with Recco. They are required to have a valid certificate.
They must be fingerprinted and their references are checked, as well
as up to date medical and immunizations before they are permitted to
work for any client.
There are many important factors to consider in choosing the best agency
to meet your needs. We feel one of the most important factors is …is
the Agency licensed by NYS, are they Joint Commission or CHAP Accredited,
How many years has the agency been serving your community? Is the agency
an approved Medicaid provider (if applicable)? Do they take your Managed
Care Insurance (if applicable)?
The time to consider home health care for you or a loved one is when
help is needed with some or all of the normal activities of daily living,
such as hygiene, housekeeping, cooking, shopping or even walking steadily
Other indications maybe that more help is needed than the family is
able to offer or there is an increase in forgetfulness that may prove
dangerous because of medications improperly taken or stove burners being
Home health care costs differ greatly depending on the individual case,
but are usually much lower than the long-term care facility alternative.
Often the costs are buffered or completely covered by a third party
such as insurance or special government programs designed to assist
handicapped, disabled or injured people and their families.
What's more is that home health care is billed
based on usage. That is to say that if you only use one hour of service,
you're only billed for one hour unlike a long term facility which bills
around the clock whether care is being given or not.