Your mom is getting older and is going to need some help with daily activities. When it comes time to look into home care services, there are often questions that arise. Here are six FAQs that home care agencies often hear from prospective customers.
How Does It Work?
Home care aides come to your mom’s home and provide her with the help she needs to maintain her daily routines. The goal of elder care is to encourage and help your mom stay independent for as long as possible.
Caregivers can help your mom with housework, laundry, personal care, transportation, meals, and more. The list is targeted to her needs, providing just enough support without taking over the things she can do on her own.
Doesn’t Health Insurance Pay for Home Care?
It’s a common misconception that health insurance covers the cost of home care. That isn’t the case. Long-term care services are not currently covered by Medicare or other health insurance plans. It’s only covered if your mom has long-term care insurance.
What Happens if a Caregiver Is Sick or Can’t Make It?
This is the most common question family members have. If your mom’s caregiver is unable to arrive on time due to illness, a car issue, or heavy traffic, what happens? Is your mom left alone? Do you have to take a day off to help her?
The caregiver alerts the agency and a replacement caregiver or supervisor goes to your mom’s house as scheduled. The supervisor remains with your mom until the initial caregiver or a replacement arrives. Your mom is never alone and left to struggle with her ADLs and IADLs.
Can’t a Home Care Aide Get My Groceries, Too?
You live next door to your mom and her caregiver is picking up her groceries. You figure you can just get the caregiver to pick up your groceries at the same time, but the caregiver says it’s not possible.
Caregivers are hired to work for your mom. The caregiver isn’t there to also do the chores and errands that the entire family needs. The caregiver isn’t paid for that. Remember that the caregiver helps your mom with her daily activities and no one else’s without that person signing on as a client.
Why Won’t the Caregiver Take Care of My Mom’s Insulin Injections?
Sometimes, family caregivers wonder why a caregiver cannot give injections. Caregivers are not allowed to do tasks of a medical nature. There’s a different level of service for that type of care.
Are the Care Plans Changeable?
Care plans can be changed as needed. Your mom fell and couldn’t do her housework on her own. You hired home care aides to help her.
After weeks of healing and physical therapy, she’s now able to walk around like she used to. Her caregiver’s to-do list is adjusted to allow your mom to return to her normal routine. If she no longer needs a caregiver at all, the services stop.
Do you have other questions about home care? A home care advisor is waiting to answer questions, go over availability and prices, and help you get started with home care for your mom.
If you or an aging loved one is considering Home Care Services in Arnold MD please contact the caring staff at Vital Sign Home Care today. (410) 814-0258
A Trusted Skilled Medical and Non-Medical senior home care provider in Annapolis, Arnold, Severn, Guilford, Towson, Brooklandville, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Columbia MD, and surrounding areas.
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