There’s a moment when you realize mom or dad can’t take care of themselves anymore. Maybe it comes as the result of surgery or an injury, or it arrives near the end of a long, slow decline. Whatever the reason, this can often be a frightening time for those who have to step in and make sure basic needs are met. As you begin to explore your options, you’ve probably considered both assisted living and in home care. But how do you know how to pick the kind of care that fits your loved one’s needs? Before you do too much searching, ask yourself these three questions.
Do You Need Long or Short Term Care?
This question will help determine both the method of care your loved one needs. For example, if your dad – who lives alone – recently had knee surgery and is looking at a 6 week recovery window, he’ll likely only need home care . Conversely, if your mother is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and requires round-the-clock care, assisted living might be the right choice. There’s a middle ground here as well for long-term in home care but that will likely depend on the condition and wishes of the patient.
Do You Need Medical or Non Medical Care?
If you’ve decided home care is the right choice, now you need to determine which type. Non-medical home care provides assistance with chores, personal care and hygiene, or simple companionship. This care is typically provided by a certified caregiver rather than a medical professional.
In-home health care provides a full range of medical service such as medication management, disease management, or IV therapy, often to housebound adults. This type of care is administered by licensed medical workers. In addition, hospice care is another kind of medical in-home service that provides care to patients who have been given six months or less to live.
Defining your care needs within these three broad types will help as you begin to narrow your list of potential providers.
Insurance or Private Pay
How you’ll pay for in-home care is another important question to answer. Hospice and Home Health care are both covered by medicare and most private insurance policies. Non medical home care, however, is not. This may have an impact on the level of service you select, so it’s good to have an idea of your available resources before you begin shopping providers.
We Can Help
If you or someone you care about lives in the greater Phoenix area and needs more information about home care, Generations Home Care can help. Call us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or fill our our contact page. We’ll provide you with a free in-home assessment that will help determine the care level your loved one needs. If you’ve decided you need medical home care services, our sister companies Southland Home Health and Southland Hospice can also help.
Watching a loved one’s health decline is never an easy thing. But once you’ve settled on the type of care you need, you’ll be one step closer to providing the help they’re counting on.