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So you’ve started looking into home care? Maybe your doctor recommended it, or perhaps a loved one who has been caring for you can no longer provide the care you need. Regardless of why you’ve started your search, you’ll want to consider all of your options. If you’re unfamiliar with home care, this is a basic guide for where to get started:


You’re obviously already on the Internet, and it’s a great place to start your search, so long as the source you’re learning from is reputable. ranks and awards high-performing home care companies using data collected through third-party research. Because this data comes from recent, anonymous client and caregiver reviews, can provide up-to-date unbiased recommendations for local providers who have proven their quality of care. If however, Best of Home Care award winners are not located in your area, other web searches can help, and visiting an agency’s website should provide basic care information and even allow you to read reviews from other clients. You can also request literature and find contact information to set up a consultation and learn about pricing options.

Ask a doctor

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals often have many clients with similar needs and have experience recommending them to certain trusted agencies. Professionals in the medical industry can frequently recommend local home care providers whose services fit your particular medical needs.

Ask a friend

If you have friends who use home care, they are a great source for honest opinions and detailed reviews. Friends can tell you which services they use—cooking, cleaning, medical, etc.—and help you get an idea of what their provider offers in relation to your needs. If you decided to use the same agency, many providers give discounts for clients who sign on through a current client referral, so it’s worth asking about when you contact the company.

Ask the local COA

Most cities have a council or commission on aging (COA). These groups have been created to address the needs of local seniors, and they can generally offer region-specific advice on home care. If you’d like to know what they recommend or what services are available in your area, their contact information is generally available online or through your city information office. You may even have a nearby office of the commission where you can go talk to a local expert on aging who can give you advice on care as well as information about other local services for seniors.

Ask your insurance provider

Insurance companies can tell you which providers fall under your plan and may even offer referral services to help you find the best care within your insurance plan. Your provider will also be able to talk with you about your long-term care plans and options.


Choosing a home care provider may feel overwhelming. While there are a lot of options and decisions involved in the process, finding information and help is simple.