Photo ID Cards and Home Health
By: Allen Richardson
During my last visit to the hospital with my mother, each and every
nurse and attendant showed me their picture identification card. Many
went further by saying that anyone that is attempting to administer
medicine or any kind of medical treatment must be wearing similar
identification. It was a feeling of comfort for my mother as well as
Presently both of my parents live in a home beside ours and several
medical personnel visit my parents to do some kind of therapy or to
just check on their overall condition. On a regular basis, there seems
to be a flow of home care staff that visits them at home.
Occasionally, based on their physical condition, there are people
visiting them on a daily basis and itís nice as we get to know the
Itís definitely surprising to see that most of them donít wear any
kind of identification card as part of their uniform. Both my parents
and I have come to accept them at their word as to who they are and
why they are there. Isnít that a shocking contrast to a stay at the
Now I am not trying to slam the quickly growing home care business. It
has been an invaluable solution for my folks and has prevented them
from taking many of their trips to the doctors and has prevented
several stays at the hospital.
What I am saying though is that the home care industry should start
working under the same standard as the hospitals. Simply by wearing a
photo ID card they would greatly add to the comfort level of their
Now it can be a large expense for small home care organizations to add
this as part of their overhead if they seek a solution through
purchasing equipment; however, there are other solutions such as
FullIdentity.com. This company provides both background checks and
photo ID cards through an online service at a reasonable price. Larger
companies can use a solution like this but it may be more cost
effective to purchase their own equipment.
Background checks and photo ID cards should almost be mandatory in the
home care industry, although as in many situations it doesnít require
government intervention if the industry takes care of the issue. It
has always been a better thing when an industry regulates themselves
without government imposing regulations that cost our tax dollars to
enforce and also quickly become outdated.
There were more than 228,000 home care organizations in the US in
2007. The industry has been climbing at a fast pace with our aging
society and recently passed $54 Billion a year. As a cost effective
alternative to nursing homes and extended hospital stays the home care
industry is here to stay. As time progresses, hopefully the home care
industry will begin to follow the standards that have been set by the
hospital administrators as it applies to identification cards.
Being the founder of Virtual Tournament
Allen Richardson has developed solutions for registration and
identification cards for over seven years. Additionally, he has served
as a consultant to Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway, Southwest
Airlines and many other organizations.
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