Home Health Care & Home Care Services
Designed to help seniors remain at home longer. Whether that is in independent living, assisted living, memory care community, nursing home or private home. Home care is non-medical support that helps with activities of everyday life from 2 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week and live-in services. In-home assistance based on frequency and level of needs, may include assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Home care may be appropriate if a senior needs minor assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) include bathing, dressing, and meal preparation but may also extend to assistance with transportation, paying bills, making appointments, and simply being there to provide companionship and emotional support. Some companies offer skilled nursing options, wound care, caregivers and over night caregivers. If the assistance they need is not medically related (sometimes referred to as custodial care) such as helping with medications or injections or therapy programs, (injections, i.e. diabetes/Proxy Care) a caregiver can provide the assistance necessary to remain independent
There Is A Difference Between Home Health Care & Home Care Services
Both can provide care in the home. Because each agency focuses on different tasks and services, they often complement each other. It is important that the two agencies communicate changes and observations to each other for continuity of care. It should be communicated to the home care agency if home health is providing temporary home health aids for baths to avoid overlapping services. Because home health is monitored by a physician, the plan of care should be followed as ordered. Home care schedules are set by the client or family and can be discontinued when they feel services are no longer needed. *This information is provided by CaraVita Home Care.
Pricing & How It Is Covered
Private Pay – Long Term Care Insurance, VA Benefits. Prices for Assisted Living vary with the number of hours needed. Prices range from $18 – $26 / per hour. No physician orders are needed to start home care.
Note: Medicare or Medicaid benefits do not cover home care costs.
Services Typically Include
- 24-hour staffing
- Assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s), such as eating, bathing, dressing, feeding, using the restroom, and walking.
- Bookkeeping services
- Engagement, such as going on walks and encouraging and participating in stimulating activities, creating meaningful activities/moments especially with memory impaired clients, creating a Life Story prior to care which gives caregivers an idea about their family, education, where they lived and hobbies.
- Family education
- Helping with correspondence to family and friends
- Health maintenance (proxy care), i.e. care with ostomies, catheters and feeding tubes
- Hospital to home programs – helping the senior either transition back to senior living community or private residence.
- Incontinence care
- Laundry services
- Light housekeeping services
- Meal Preparation according to client’s dietary needs, nutritional support & proper hydration
- Medication reminders & management
- Personal laundry services
- Pet care
- Providing care relief (respite) for family caregivers
- Providing socialization, friendship and support for the client
- Restorative/mobility exercises
- Social & activity programs
- Supervising ambulation and helping to prevent falls
- Support groups
- Transportation to medical appointments, shopping & errands
- Wide variety of non-medical services
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