For the majority of our nation’s seniors, the thought of needing to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility is an unpleasant one. And who can blame them; the comfort and familiarity of home allows them to decide independently when to fall asleep and when to wake up, what to eat for each meal, what activities to engage in, and more. Thankfully, it is a viable option for many seniors to age at home due to the variety of home care services that are now available. Below are four different types of care that can be provided right in a senior’s home:
- Private Duty: Private duty home care services are comprised of non-medical care that can include such assistance as companionship, house cleaning and meal preparation, transportation and errand-running, personal care, specialized dementia care, and more. Private duty home care is typically covered by the senior or his or her family members. There are, as well, some services that may be covered by long-term care insurance, workers’ compensation, or veterans’ benefits. Note, however, that Medicare does not cover private duty home care services when there is a long-term need.
- Home Health: Home health care includes skilled nursing assistance, typically following an injury or for chronic conditions, with services such as diabetes care, wound care, injections, blood pressure monitoring, and other treatments that require nursing skills. Home health care can also encompass therapy services, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Some home health care needs may be covered through Medicare, when specific conditions are met.
- Geriatric Care Management: Geriatric care managers (or Aging Life Care Specialists) assist with handling the details of a senior’s life and estate that are not covered by direct care providers, such as management of finances. They can also coordinate other care services for the senior, mediate family communications, and provide assistance with changing living arrangements or closing up of a household. Geriatric care management is almost always an out-of-pocket expense.
- Hospice: Hospice care is available in the home when patients are nearing the end of a terminal illness, and it is designed to provide comfort and support for both the senior and his or her family. Hospice offers a full range of services that can include nursing, emotional health, and spiritual needs. Hospice care is usually covered by most private insurance providers and through Medicare when the appropriate requirements are met.
Is one or more of these care options the right choice to allow your senior loved one to safely age at home? We’d love to talk with you further and share how Caregivers by WholeCare’s Nashville home care services can help enhance quality of life for your senior loved one. Whether the need is for personal care services such as bathing, dressing and hygiene assistance, planning and preparing meals, light housekeeping, escorted transportation to medical appointments or to run errands, or specialized care such as for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, we’re here for you, around the clock. Call us any time at (615) 997-1288 to arrange for a free in-home consultation to learn more.