When your loved ones get older, you may find yourself in the position of realizing that they need extra help. Sometimes you or a family member can provide that help. Many times, however, home health care or in-home non-medical care is needed. The key is to understand all of your options and making sure you make the decision that is right for you and your family.
Understanding Home Health Care
Home health care is personalized medical care that takes place in the privacy of your loved one’s home. You can choose from a variety of professionals, depending on the assistance needed. There are nurses, medical social workers, therapists, and home health aides. When you hire home health care, your initial visit will be an assessment of your loved one’s specific needs so that an individual care plan can be established.
Many times home health care is covered by Medicare. Eligibility requirements include your loved one requiring intermittent care, being home-bound according to Medicare criteria, and having home health care services ordered by a physician.
When choosing home health care, be sure that the professionals you hire are not only trained initially by the company, but receive ongoing education. Ask if company does background checks and fingerprinting, to ensure that your loved one is receiving the best care from the best people.
Understanding In-Home Non-Medical Care
In-home non-medical care can range from a few hours a day to 24-hour care. The goal is to provide non-medical services that improve independence and give you and your family peace of mind. There are many reasons your loved one may need in-home non-medical care – they may need companionship, an escort to appointments or shopping, light housekeeping, reminders for medication and personal hygiene, or other types of similar care.
In-home non-medical care is an out-of-pocket expense and is privately paid. When hiring this type of care, be sure to select a company with an excellent reputation and carefully screened staff. They should have initial and ongoing training, all should be employees of the agency (not contractors), and they should have CPR and first aid training.
Most of all, an in-home non-medical assistant should have a great attitude and genuine care for your loved one’s needs. An initial assessment should be performed, and a personalized care plan established.
Home Health Care vs. In-Home Non-Medical Care
When choosing which type of care is best for your loved one, be sure to consider all options. A visit with your loved one’s doctor will be a good starting point, and you can share all of your concerns at the appointment. From there, you should know whether you need home health care (includes medical care) or in-home non-medical care, and contact an agency you trust for help.
At times, your loved one will need both types of services. Someone with dementia, for instance, may need in-home non-medical care in the early stages, and as the disease progresses, you may need to add home health care as well.
Making these types of choices for your loved one can be overwhelming, but Team Select Home Care is here to help. We offer a wide variety of services throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma. We’re a Home Care Elite Top Agency, a Medicare, and Medicaid Certified Home Care Agency, and we hold ourselves to the highest standards. Call us today to review your options and learn more about home care!