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Home care has grown in popularity due to the overwhelming desire of our elderly loved ones to age in place. Most seniors not only prefer, but have every intention of growing old in the comfort of their own homes. Home care is designed for this reason to enable our aging parents to remain at home and avoid relocating to an elderly care facility. It's surely easy to understand why our parents choose to spend their golden years in their own homes that are filled with countless years of wonderful family memories. However, the reality of our parents' declining health frequently calls for getting help with activities of daily living through home care agencies. Hiring in-home caregivers is a fitting compromise to respect our aging parent's wishes and make staying at home a practical option.

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"Non-Medical" Home Care

Home care in reference to non-medical agencies encompasses a variety of custodial services including housekeeping, shopping, cooking, and driving to appointments. Hiring caregivers through home care agencies can help manage activities of daily living including personal care such as bathing, toileting, grooming, dressing, exercising and walking. Additional assistance from home care agencies may include companionship, medication reminders, and supervision of those with dementia. These services are not covered by Medicare or private insurance but instead must be paid for privately out of pocket. Alternative payment options include long-term care insurance or VA health care benefits. Regardless, home care is typically more affordable then other care options, and thus should be a first consideration to accommodate your senior's lifestyle choice.

To find an agency in your area, refer to our home care directory or accept help from our nurses who will coordinate a suitable home care match.

Home Care vs. Home Health

It can be notably confusing to understand the various types of home care, whether non-medical, skilled home health care, or even staffing and registries. Basically home health care agencies differ from non-medical home care agencies because they do not offer custodial care. Instead, nurses and rehab therapists (such as physical therapists) provide skilled care to patients reimbursed by Medicare and private insurance.

Types of Caregivers

Likewise it may be unclear as to the type of caregiver needed to care for your loved one, for example a certified nurse (CNA), companion, or homemaker. It's most sensible and cost effective to hire a caregiver that is not over or under qualified. Our nurses have devised an easy to use Caregiver Selector Tool to guide you through this home care maze.

Other Home Care Options

Adult Day Care programs are a very worthy home care option to consider accommodating our parent's aging in place with some added social benefits. Less expensive than home care or when used in conjunction with home care often makes it more budget friendly. Limited facilities in many areas, transportation issues, and health restrictions may limit eligibility.

Alzheimer's care is typically and best managed with home care and adult day care due to minimal disruption of routines and keeping loved ones in familiar surroundings. It's crucial from the start to recognize the need to hire in-home help or adult daycare to relieve you of burdensome caregiving responsibilities.

Hospice care is covered by Medicare and private insurances to give families support they will need on many levels to honor their loved one's wishes to die at home. Most of our loved ones near end of life strongly voice the desire to spend their last months at home. Home care agencies furnish additional caregivers including nurse assistants, companions and homemakers to complement hospice care already provided.

Privately hiring caregivers is another home care option in which you become the employer. Disadvantages of private hires are supervisory responsibilities, no back-up caregivers, and financial duties of employee wages and taxes. However, hiring private caregivers is usually less costly and offers more control over hiring and scheduling. You may refer to our website to place an employment listing for private job openings or browse resumes of caregivers seeking employment.

Home Support Services

The complexity of coordinating and managing home care services, coupled with expenses, and declining health, often calls for, and justifies the need to acquire some of the following home support services.

Home Care Supplies are available in our online store that has been compiled by our nurses over the years based on listening to what our family caregivers need. Fair and reasonable pricing along with our unique nurses notes reviewing products will help you make better decisions.

Home Modifications services help seniors adapt their homes to meet needs related to their declining abilities, such as building entry ramps and installing grab bars in bathrooms.

Meals Delivered to your senior's home provided by your local "Meals on Wheels" programs are nationally funded and designed to ensure your home bound loved one is getting daily nutritious meals.

Transportation services for travel assistance to doctor appointments and other errands are often arranged by local "Areas Agencies on Aging".

An Elder Law Attorney should be contacted when your parent needs legal assistance to plan advance directives for health care such as living wills and durable power of attorneys for health and finances. Hire an eldercare attorney to manage complex estate planning, guardianships, wills, and trusts.

A Financial Advisor may be consulted for help with decisions about long term care including long term care insurance, reverse mortgages, life and health insurance.

Use our handy Home Care Safety Checklist to learn ways to safely prepare your loved one's home or your own home when an elderly relative or friend is moving in with you.

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