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Home Health and Hospice Care

Home health and hospice are wonderful options for your elderly loved one to stay in their home while aging and still receive loving care from a professional. In-home caregivers are one of the fastest-growing and most requested services in the United States today. Agencies providing in-home care offer a range of different services from simple companionship to supervision and personal care.

In-Home Care, Home Health, and Hospice Care allow seniors to age in the comfort of their own home. In-home care plans include a combination of assisted living, or non-medical, services, and skilled health care services.

Non-Medical Care Services Typically Include:

  • Personal care
  • Companionship
  • Supervision
  • Laundry
  • Light housekeeping
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Shopping
  • Errands
  • Transportation

To determine what type of care may be covered by insurance for your elderly loved one, insurance companies and home health agencies often us and individual’s ADL (Activities of Daily Living) ratings to help determine the needs of your loved one. ADL ratings are based on six basic activities that show an individual’s abilities to provide self-care. These activities include walking, bathing, transferring, dressing, eating, and using the toilet. These activities help insurance companies and home health agencies determine insurance benefits for each situation. An IADL (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living) is another assessment tool that may be used to assess your elderly loved one’s needs to determine their care. IADL utilizes six tasks that determine the ability of an individual to live on their own in the home. These six tasks include: managing personal finances, taking medications, using the phone, shopping for food or clothing, light housework, and meal preparation.

Here are a handful of benefits of chosing In-home Care over an Assisted living alternative:

  • It allows the individual to benefit from one-on-one care that can be tailored to meet their unique preferences and needs.
  • Your elderly loved one gets to remain in the comfort of their own home or the home of a close relative as they get older.
  • Your loved one, along with you and their family and friends have the opportunity to choose the person who will be providing the care.
  • Instead of receiving care from many different caregivers, your loved one can get comfortable with one caregiver.
  • Depending on the care needed and the skill level of the care required, in-home care can be a more affordable option.
  • Different types of care can also be combined to lower overall costs

Home health and hospice care are wonderful options that are becoming more and more common with the desire for seniors to stay home growing. If you’re considering this option for your elderly loved one, it may be the perfect situation for them.

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