As we age or become ill, the possibility that we may require the services of a nursing home becomes a stark reality. Although nursing homes provide valuable and essential care, alternatives do exist that can allow you to remain at home, in familiar, comfortable surroundings. One such option, Private In-Home Care, can assist you with your daily living activities … all in the comfort of home.
What is Private In-Home Care?
Private in-home care generally refers to non-medical care provided by professionals in the privacy and comfort of home or wherever one resides, including assisted-living and nursing facilities. Services usually span a wide range of individualized care, can be provided day or night, and are available for both short-term and long-term needs. Services typically include assistance with personal care, housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, companionship, errands, and caregiver respite.
Who Can Benefit from Private In-Home Services?
These services can help people of various ages and stages of life, including:
- Patients discharged from the hospital after surgery, stroke, illness or injury.
- People living with chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, and diabetes.
- The frail elderly.
- People seeking end-of-life care following a terminal diagnosis.
- Individuals who are disabled or homebound.
How Do Private Services Differ from Medicare Services?
- There is little flexibility in the Medicare-defined services which people with an acute illness or post-surgery are eligible to receive. The private in-home care client maintains complete control in scheduling the services they require – from the specific tasks they want help with to the number of hours of support needed.
What Do I Look for in Hiring a Private In-Home Care Agency?
Look for a company that is reputable and licensed. Employees should be carefully screened, bonded, insured, trained and closely supervised. A good company strives to carefully match clients and staff, and provides services in a professional and compassionate manner.
How is Private In-Home Care Paid For?
Services are paid for patients or their families. Some long term care insurances will also pay for the services if the benefits are justified.
Sometimes an extra pair of hands is all that is needed in the home following a surgery, during an illness, or as part of healthy aging; it is what often separates home care from a nursing home. If your desire is to stay at home into your golden years, private in-home care can help you maintain independence, control, and a positive quality of life.
If you or a loved one need more information, please call Marlee Mason, CarePlus Manager at 770.1600 or toll free (800) 244.0568.