There are a significant number of benefits to having in-home care assistance for your loved ones. Whether your parents would like to stay home as they age, or someone recovering from a significant surgery, home care is a safe and affordable solution. It enables you to have someone in the house when you aren’t there to support the activities of daily living for your loved one. Although your parents may not qualify for residential care, they may not be able to stay on their own independently, placing you between a rock and a hard place.
Home care could be right for you and your family if your loved one is experiencing a recent exacerbation of a previous diagnosis or has had difficulty with a new medication. Those who have recently been hospitalized or come home from a hospital stay needing IV fluids or wound care also qualify for home health care. Your parent doesn’t need to be elderly, they may have had a recent hip or knee surgery, have fallen in the past few months or are experiencing chronic pain from a chronic illness. Each of these conditions may mean home care is right for you and your family.
What Can Home Care Do For Me?
Home care gives you access to skilled nursing care at home delivered by nurses who are knowledgeable about high-tech medical equipment. Your in-home care staff can support your family member by providing high-quality diet and nutrition to support their health and recovery. As many elderly have difficulty with memory and taking medications on time, your in-home care provider may assist with this as well. Multiple prescriptions can be confusing to manage and your in-home health care provider can help ensure your loved one receives the right medication at the right time.
In-home care providers also offer your loved one caring companionship. Research has demonstrated aging adults stay healthier and happier with social interaction, reducing the progression of dementia or cognitive decline. Home health providers may become trusted friends who take your parents for walks, play cards, watch movies and make meals. Research has shown those who receive in-home care have better clinical outcomes with fewer complications. In-home care is also an affordable alternative to residential care or a skilled nursing facility.
Can I Use Medicare and Medicaid?
To qualify for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, your family member must be considered homebound, require skilled care, be under the care of a physician who completes documentation and receive home health care from an approved agency. Most home healthcare agencies will walk you through the process of qualification for your loved one, as this is often a stressful time in which you are facing several challenges at once. Your loved one may qualify for nonskilled personal care to help them with daily activities like bathing and dressing, and health-related care, such as taking their medications.
Does Your Loved One Qualify For A Home Health Aide?
To determine if your loved one qualifies for home health care or a home health aide, contact us today! We’ll walk you through the process and help you find the best alternative for your family.