Understanding Home Care
Home Care generally refers to professional caregiving services that are received in one’s home that allow for older adults to age in place and remain as independent as possible. Home care services can be provided anywhere from 1 to 24 hours per day.
Services assist the client with activities of daily living (ADLs), including but not limited to;
- Medication reminders
- Transportation and errand running
- Toileting/Incontinence care
- Meal preparation
- Mobility Assistance
- Dementia Care
How do I know if Home Care is right for me?
Although every situation is different, some situations that might indicate home care might be a good option are;
- Weight loss
- Inconsistent or decline in hygiene practices
- Decreased mobility or an increase in falls/accidents
- Inability to maintain home cleanliness
- Driving incidents or inability to drive safely
- Memory Issues
What to Expect when Contracting a Home Care Agency
When arranging home care services, the agency will typically schedule an in-home assessment where a personalized plan of care will be created for your loved one. The representative will consult with you about the requested schedule, costs and care needs. The agency care staff will monitor for changes and communicate with you regarding any care plan updates that may be needed.
Paying for Home Care
Home Care is generally paid for through private pay. Costs can range anywhere from $16-$35 per hour, depending on the location, care needs and schedule requested. There may be some options to assist with the payment of home care, such as Long Term Care Insurance and VA benefits.
What to look and questions to ask when choosing a Home Care Agency:
- What is the hourly minimum per day and scope of services?
- Are the caregivers background checked, insured and bonded? Does the agency drug test?
- What type of qualifications and training does the staff have? Are they CNA’s? Are they trained in dementia care?
- Can a manager be reached 24/7? What is their policy if staffing issues arise?
- What type of communication can be expected from the caregiver/company to the family and how often?
- How long has the company been operating and how are their reviews?
The decision to bring help into the home can be an important next step in helping your loved one age in place while providing the security and comfort of home.