A Medicare and Medicaid Certified Agency
Established in 1970, Gold Coast Home Health and Hospice Services is a Medicare and Medicaid certified agency with accreditation from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAPS). Our staff of highly-qualified professionals has a team approach to care, developing an individualized plan for each patient and their family.
With a large full-time staff and volunteers, Gold Coast ensures quality and consistency of care for all patients, as well as the comfort of familiarity between patient and care provider. Our staff will work closely with the patient and their physician to develop a plan of care specially tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient.
Throughout the years, Gold Coast has maintained a solid reputation for quality and reliability in a dynamic industry. The Gold Coast commitment to excellence in patient care has led to the development of innovative programs to address patient needs. Some of these specialty programs are: Wound Care Specialists, Psychiatric Nursing Services, Palliative Care, and specialty rehabilitation services; such as Rehab on the Move and Stay in Balance.
Hospice could not have done anything better. Care was excellent! I can't say enough about the wonderful treatment my husband received.Alice, Fort Lauderdale
I would not hesitate to recommend this service to others. It was such a positive experience and thoroughly professional.Betty, Fort Lauderdale
You all are wonderful and I don’t know what I would have done without all of you. Many thanks.Catherine, Fort Lauderdale
Bless you all for your kind and loving help.Edger, Pompano Beach
All the people that came to my home were the best.Gisele, Plantation
Thank you very much for everything you did to ease our mother's death and to help the family cope with the process.Peter, Susan & Daniel, Lauderdale by the Sea
We sincerely appreciate the kindness and compassion you showed our father and both of us, as well. God Bless you all for the work that you do.Roberta and family, Plantation
They did the best of everything. Thank you for everything!Ruby, Fort Lauderdale
I can’t thank you enough for treating them like family and feeling love rather than “just another patient.”Sandy, Fort Lauderdale
Thank you for your support you gave my family.Wanda, Fort Lauderdale
How to Choose a Home Care Provider
This information is provided courtesy of: National Association for Home Care
Once you acquire the names of several providers, you will want to learn more about their services and reputations. Following is a checklist of questions to ask providers and other individuals who may know about the provider's track record. Their insight will help you determine which provider is best for you or your loved one.
- How long has this provider been serving the community?
- Does this provider supply literature explaining its services, eligibility requirements, fees, and funding sources? Many providers furnish patients with a detailed "Patient Bill of Rights" that outlines the rights and responsibilities of the providers, patients, and caregivers alike. An annual report and other educational materials also can provide helpful information about the provider.
- How does this provider select and train its employees? Does it protect its workers with written personnel policies, benefits packages, and malpractice insurance?
- Are nurses or therapists required to evaluate the patient's home care needs? If so, what does this entail? Do they consult the patient's physicians and family members?
- Does this provider include the patient and his or her family members in developing the plan of care? Are they involved in making care plan changes?
- Is the patient's course of treatment documented, detailing the specific tasks to be carried out by each professional caregiver? Does the patient and his or her family receive a copy of this plan, and do the caregivers update it as changes occur? Does this provider take time to educate family members on the care being administered to the patient?
- Does this provider assign supervisors to oversee the quality of care patients are receiving in their homes? If so, how often do these individuals make visits? Who can the patient and his or her family members call with questions or complaints? How does the agency follow up on and resolve problems?
- What are the financial procedures of this provider? Does the provider furnish written statements explaining all of the costs and payment plan options associated with home care?
- What procedures does this provider have in place to handle emergencies? Are its caregivers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
- How does this provider ensure patient confidentiality? In addition, ask the home care provider to supply you with a list of references, such as doctors, discharge planners, patients or their family members, and community leaders who are familiar with the provider's quality of service.
Contact each reference and ask:
- Do you frequently refer clients to this provider?
- Do you have a contractual relationship with this provider? If so, do you require the provider to meet special standards for quality care?
- What sort of feedback have you gotten from patients receiving care from this provider, either on an informal basis or through a formal satisfaction survey?
- Do you know of any clients this provider has treated whose cases are similar to mine or my loved one's? If so, can you put me in touch with these individuals?
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