If you or a loved one could use a hand at home with activities of daily living such as personal hygiene assistance, meal preparation, and transportation, considers utilizing a professional caregiver. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about personal home care assistance.
Personal home care assistance can best be described as assistance with activities of daily living, the common things that a healthy person would do for him/herself on a daily basis. This would include personal care (bathing, dressing, help with the bathroom), light housekeeping, laundry, linen changes, meal preparation, transportation, running errands, and medication reminders. It also consists of things like supervision and companionship.
Individuals of all ages and with a variety of personal care needs can receive personal home care assistance services. If you feel that you or a loved one may benefit from home care, we are only a phone call away. A member of our experienced staff can meet for a complimentary in-home assessment to determine if personal home care assistance is right for you.
Everyone ages at a different rate and many people can remain independent well into their 80s. Some things to look for when visiting an elderly loved one include: Is the house tidy? Do they have adequate groceries (not just frozen dinners)? Have you noticed any weight loss? Has personal hygiene declined? Are there any concerns with memory? These are just a few things to consider when you’re thinking about personal home care assistance. A great resource is the person’s primary care physician. Often PCPs will be the ones to initiate the idea that some help might be needed in the home.
Transportation, especially to medical appointments and procedures, is a popular home care service. It can often be arranged in a few hours, but the more notice given is always better. It is best, if possible, to give us 24 hours’ notice. This allows us to meet with the person ahead of time so that he or she knows what to expect and feels comfortable with the whole process. A regular planned schedule can be set up, or the caregiver can be used on an “as needed” basis.
Yes, we do. We first arrange a meeting with the family to conduct a thorough assessment and develop a plan of care. This is not only to fully understand what activities you would like to have completed for your loved one but also to get a sense of what kind of personality might best suit him or her. After this is completed, we will match the person with a caregiver. If at any time you would like to change your caregiver, this can easily be arranged.
This is a great question because veteran’s benefits are severely underused. Contact your local VA to learn more about the “Aid and Attendance” program. There are also several non-profits that work with veterans to process their claims. VA benefits are not automatically given; they must be applied for, and recipients must meet certain requirements. Veterans with spouses could receive over $23,000 annually toward personal home care assistance, assisted living, or nursing home care. Spouses of deceased veterans may be eligible for over $12,000 annually.
An upfront deposit is required before personal home care assistance services are rendered, generally covering about two weeks of service. The deposit will be refunded at the end of your relationship with the agency if all invoices have been paid. You will be charged on a semi-monthly basis. No long term contract is required, allowing maximum flexibility as needs change.