It’s becoming apparent that it isn’t safe for Dad to remain at home alone, and so naturally, you know just where to turn for answers, right? No? Rest assured – there are many, many others in your situation. Millions of Americans are encountering the same concern, and most people don’t know a lot about home care services until the need for care is upon them. If you’re in the initial steps of researching home care solutions, it’s helpful to have some insight into exactly what home care is and how it works. To help you in this endeavor, the professional team in senior care in Lincoln at Live Well at Home has put together the following frequently asked senior care questions regarding home care along with the appropriate answers to help you make better, more informed care decisions for your loved one.
Q: Is Medicare a payment option for long-term in-home care?
A: No. It is true that Medicare may be able to cover some home health care costs within very specific parameters, but it was never intended to cover long-term in-home care.
Q: Is it cheaper to hire a caregiver privately rather than working with a home care agency?
A: No. It may seem at first glance that hiring a caregiver privately is more cost-effective than working through a professional home care agency, but there are many hidden expenses when hiring an independent caregiver. Case in point: with a privately hired caregiver, you are the employer, which means it’s your obligation to pay for taxes, worker’s compensation, and more. When working with a home care agency, you never have to worry about or pay for any of these things.
Q: Is home care an option for a senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia?
A: Yes. Live Well at Home provides highly specialized, compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Roseville, CA. Our caregivers are provided with full training on the many challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, and are the perfect solution to give families the peace of mind and breaks from care that they need.
Q: What do ADL and IADL mean?
A: ADL, or Activities of Daily Living, includes activities that take place every day, such as taking a bath, getting dressed, transferring from the bed to a chair, walking, etc. IADL, or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, covers such activities as managing household funds, shopping, making and receiving phone calls, etc. ADLs and IADLs are evaluated when assessing the appropriate level of care for an older adult. Live Well at Home can help older adults with both ADLs and IADLs, resulting in a safer, more comfortable, and more independent lifestyle.
We know it’s likely that you have some additional questions about in-home care, and we’re always on hand to provide the answers you need. Call us any time at 916-459-3220 or contact us online to learn more about our senior care Lincoln families need and the other areas we serve in California.