Dawn Smith: Hello! I am Dawn Smith with Kindred at Home. I am here to discuss the types of services offered by homecare agencies and to clear some misconceptions. This may help you take better advantage of these services.
Many families have stories about the struggles of carrying for aging loved ones. If you are among those who worry about elderly parents or grandparents, or beloved relative or friend, you are certainly not alone. Perhaps mom is missing some of her doctors appointments or dad rarely plays golf anymore and seems to be moving more slowly, maybe you are noticing changes in someones personality that might be an early sign of dementia or a loved ones home seems more cluttered and you are worried that he is not eating well.
Sometimes the need for assistance is sudden and obvious following a hospitalization. As your research care options, youll notice that there are many services available though the information can be confusing. The term home care is a general term that can include specialized services both medical and non-medical. To be more specific, medically related services are usually referred to as Home Health and include in-home nursing, physical therapy and other skilled medical services generally prescribed by a physician. They are usually covered by Medicare or other health insurance if the patient is homebound or has great difficulty getting out and about.
Personal home care assistance on the other hand includes non-medical home care services such as bathing, help with daily activities, companionship, light housekeeping, transportation and other services that are not covered by health insurance. They are usually Private Pay or covered by a Long-Term Care Insurance for Veterans Benefits.
The caregivers who provide these services might be unpaid family members, friends, paid professionals or a combination of these. The majority of home care agencies provide only home care assistant services. A smaller number limit their services to skilled home healthcare.
Kindred at Home, is an example of a full service agency that offers home health as well as personal home care assistance. A major reason to consider a full service agency is that it offers continuity of care and coordination of efforts as needs change.
Home care services both home health care and personal home care assistance enable people to recover and remain independent in their own homes. Call a few of them for an in-home visit to understand your options.