Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What to Know When Considering Home Care

Determining if your parents are able to remain in their own home can be a challenge. Doing the research into their finances, current care needs, and determining if they really can take care of themselves can be a daunting task. Often aging parents, while they may admit they need help, whether it's financially or medically, they refuse to take the next step to an unfamiliar assisted living facility, continuing care retirement community or nursing home.

While each situation is different and a full evaluation should be done to assure your parents are receiving the proper care, an option to consider at this juncture may be Home Care.

Highlights of Home Care:
  • The ability to stay in one's own home while receiving some assistance.
  • Paid assistance is available from a few hours to entire 24-hour care.
  • Medicare and Medicaid cover some parts of home care.
  • Home health aides or nurses are usually paid by the hour or day
    • Home Health Aide $20+/hour and Skilled Nursing - $400 +/day.
  • If starting home care, be present during the first several aide visits.
Questions to ask if Hiring in Help:
  • What services are needed?
  • Will the same home health professional provide care?
  • How long has the service been in business? (and ask for references)
  • Does Provider do background checks, bonding, training classes?

Barbara McVicker
Barbara McVicker is one of the nation’s leading eldercare experts and national speakers for some of the largest companies, organizations, and healthcare institutions. Barbara is based in Columbus, OH. With additional offices in Roanoke, VA, Madison, WI and Los Angeles, CA, Barbara travels frequently and is available for taped or live appearance or phone interview upon request.

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