Today, seniors are electing to age in place, and for many, this option is very attainable. Unfortunately, many caregivers and family members are uncertain about just how home care can assist them. They may not know what questions to ask to ensure that they obtain the right fit.
In addition, there are literally thousands of websites on the Internet, some trustworthy and some not, that explain various aspects of home care. Truth is, most caregivers are often short on time and this search for answers can become exhausting. In this article, we’re going to cover the most common questions and answers for seniors needing home care.
How Does Home Care Determine One’s Needs?
While every home care agency is different, most agencies go through an assessment process. During the initial assessment, a professional will visit the home to learn exactly the level of care your loved one needs. They will likely assess the following:
- The safety of the home
- Physical and mental difficulties
- Fall and pressure ulcer risk
- Your goals for care and more!
How Are Caregivers Chosen For My Loved One?
During the initial assessment, the home care agency will gather the level of care your loved ones needs and learn your care expectations. For example, Caring People Inc. uses the information gathered at the first in-home consultation to select a caregiver that has the experience and skill-set required to handle your loved ones needs.
How Are Emergencies Handled After Business Hours?
Although the home care office may be closed after normal business hours, that doesn’t mean you can’t report an emergency. Clients should still be able to call the business line and connect with a professional. Most agencies suggest that clients call and leave a voice message. A professional will then call them back as soon as possible to address their concerns.
Are There Different Types of Home Care?
Yes, individuals that are new to home care may not realize that there are different types of home care available. Home care usually falls under these three categories:
- Companionship/Personal Care – used to help people remain safe and independent within their home.
- Private Duty Nursing Care – those who require 24/7 care for an injury or chronic condition.
- Home Health Care – physician ordered care that is usually short-term and used to help prevent or heal clients from injury or a preventable hospital stay.
What Services Does Home Care Offer?
Home care agencies provide a variety of services that allow seniors to age in place. Services may include:
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
- Dressing and grooming
- Monitoring vital signs
- Transportation arrangements
- Social engagements and more!
Seniors that receive care from Medicare-certified agencies and also meet the criteria to obtain Medicare payments, may receive the following services:
- Speech therapy
- Private duty care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy and more!
How Can I Pay For Home Care?
For those what do not qualify for Medicare, there are other payment options available. Home care is usually paid directly by the person receiving care. Long-term care insurance and Medicaid are also available payment options for those needing home care services.