Private home care agencies offer both medical and non-medical services and support delivered right in a patient’s home or living environment (assisted living or skilled nursing community). A qualified nurse (RN or LPN), certified nurse assistant (CNA), caregiver or companion works in the home to provide as much or as little support as needed to help keep seniors living safely, securely and with dignity in their own homes.
Who Can Benefit from Home Care?
Home care is ideal for someone who might just need help with keeping up with the household chores, shopping or cooking. For family caregivers who need an extra set of eyes and hands because a loved one has dementia, having a trained caregiver can make a huge difference in quality of life for both the patient and the caregiver.
Home care also works well for individuals recovering from an illness, hospital stay, surgical event or accident that still needs support during recovery, but has been discharged from a primary care setting.
Who Pays for Home Care?
Unlike Home Health, which is covered by Medicare and has a defined time limit, private home care is paid for by the individual for as long as needed. Some long term care insurance policies help with home care expenses as well.
If your loved one needs a more social environment than living at home, or perhaps living with loved ones is no longer a safe option, Assisted Living, Memory Care or Skilled Nursing Care might be the next step.