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How can I find a home care agency?

Local resources
Talk with your doctor, social worker, or hospital discharge planner about home care agencies in your area. They usually have worked with home care agencies and know which ones can be counted on to respond best to the needs of their patients. Information and referral services may be offered through your local Area Agency on Aging, the local United Way chapter, the Visiting Nurse Association, or your local American Cancer Society. Your place of worship may also have information. Ask friends in your area about any home health care agencies they have used or heard about. You may also check your local yellow pages under "home care," "home health care," and "nurses."
State resources
Contact your state's department of health or social services to get a list of licensed agencies. If you are looking for a Medicare-certified agency, call Medicare or check the blue pages of your phone book for your county or state health department.
National resources
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice has a state-by-state database of phone numbers for state organizations that keep directories of home care and hospice agencies. The Joint Commission also has information on accredited home care agencies.

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