In-home care refers to supportive care provided in the client’s home. It is also referred to as elderly care at home, homecare, or in-home elderly care and can be provided by either licensed healthcare professionals who provide medical care needs or by professional caregivers who provide non-medical daily care to help ensure that activities of daily living are met.

In-home care is an alternative to assisted living, where people with disabilities live in residences that provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living. These senior care residences also coordinate services with outside health care providers and monitor resident activities to help ensure their health and safety. Assisted living often becomes the best geriatric care option for those who simply can’t live independently in their own homes anymore. Examples may include those who need advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s care, or those whose arthritis or other health conditions make it impossible to function at home safely and comfortably.

Senior Partner In-Home Care has been providing clients in the Central Florida region with a reliable and affordable source of high-quality, non-medical home care and understands how to assist seniors with daily living activities. The company’s dedicated team is available to answer any assisted living questions you may have. Senior Partner In-Home Care also offers free in-home consultations. Please feel free to contact a Senior Partner representative at the number listed at the end of this article.

In the meantime, here are some other things you may want to know about in-home care:

Everything You Need to Know About In-Home Care

According to the AARP, more than 90 percent of older adults report that they would like to stay in their homes. Yet as people age, staying at home can become a challenge, so families often need to hire outsiders to help a loved one remain comfortable and independent, as well as maintain quality of life. If you need help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals or taking your medications, are recovering from surgery or are limited by another medical ailment, or are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, you might be in need of in-home elder care.

The AARP lists the following in-home caregivers that you may want to consider:

  • Medical Professionals. If you’re recovering from surgery or have another medical condition, you can arrange for a registered nurse (RN), physical therapist or a doctor to visit you at home. They provide skilled caregiving, therapy and medical services. If your doctor orders in-home health care, Medicare may cover part of the cost. A long-term care insurance policy can also cover costs when Medicare runs out.
  • Home Health Aides. Formally trained and competency tested, these people may be certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or personal care aides. These skilled professionals generally work for Medicare-certified home health or hospice agencies that are regulated by state and federal laws. Aides provide basic health services such as administering medications, changing wound dressings, checking your pulse and temperature, and helping with prescribed exercises. They can also assist with medical equipment and help you if you need assistance with your wheelchair.
  • Home Care Aides. If you simply need assistance with household chores and personal care, you may want to consider a home care aide, also called a homemaker or a personal care aide. No certifications are required for this position, but many of them are employed by agencies and supervised by a licensed nurse or social worker. Medicare will not cover homemaker services or personal care services such as bathing and dressing. Medicaid may pay for some of the services not covered by Medicare, but you should visit the Medicaid website to confirm this. Other custom care services often included with this type of home care include bathing, grooming and hygiene; mobility assistance; transferring and positioning; toileting and incontinence care; feeding and special diet care; conversation and companionship; meal preparation; laundry; light housekeeping; grocery shopping/errands; incidental transportation; and medication reminders.

The best way to hire a home care worker is through an agency. There are various kinds, which include:

  • Medicare-Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) – provides skilled services by Medicare and Medicaid and is licensed by the state.
  • Licensed Home Care Agency – licensed by the sate and can provide nursing and personal care services.
  • Non-Medical or Companion Agency – not licensed and not covered by insurance, but services include companionship and doing chores like picking up prescriptions.
  • Employment or Registry Agency – provides names of available nurses and aides.

Regardless of what type of agency you choose, you should ask for references both for the agency and for specific workers within the agency. You should also ask the following questions:

  • What credentials do staff members have?
  • What training does the agency offer to staff?
  • What are the coverage options?
  • Does this agency offer Medicare or Medicaid payment?
  • What emergency procedures are in place?
  • Do you offer hospice services?
  • What are the costs?

Simply stated, in-home care can be very expensive, and it’s important to look at all your options before making a decision on the type of care you want. The cost of hiring a home caregiver, for example, varies widely by geographic location, job requirements, level of skill and experience, and whether or not they are an independent agent or agency staffed aide worker. According to a recent Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of a full-time home health aide in the United States is roughly $46,000.

It is also important to note that under certain conditions, your health insurance company will cover the cost of particular home care services, but you should check with your health insurance company or with the home care agency to assess the particulars of your case before making a final decision.

The benefits of in-home care cannot be overstated enough. If you or a loved one wants to continue to live at home, and can do so safely and comfortably but need help with certain daily living activities, in-home care represents a great alternative to assisted living. If you are an aging senior and enjoy a modicum of independent living, you can maintain that and receive the daily assistance you need. If you are a family member or friend of an elderly person, in-home care can bring the peace of mind you need in knowing that your loved one is being looked after properly in the comfort of his or her own home.

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Senior Partner In-Home Care is locally owned and operated and has helped thousands of Central Florida seniors live safely and independently at home for over 16 years. Care is available wherever the client is residing 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is surprisingly affordable, with no extra charge for nights or weekends. It is licensed by the state of Florida and has been providing a better quality of life for seniors in Brevard, Osceola, Orange and Seminole Counties since 1998. Call 800.878.1928 for more information.