You’re concerned that Dad might require some support at home, and so obviously, you know exactly where to go for that help, right? No? Rest assured – you are not alone. Millions of people in the United States alone are facing the same quandary, and most people don’t know a lot about home care services until the need for senior home care develops.
If you’re in the initial stages of exploring home care options, it’s beneficial to have some insight into what exactly home care is and how it works. To help you through this journey, the trained and experienced team at Carolina Hearts Home Care, facilitators of Lumberton independent living at home and home care in the surrounding area, has gathered together some commonly asked questions about home care, along with the corresponding answers to help you make better, more educated care decisions for your loved one.
Q: Can Medicare cover the cost for long-term in-home care?
A: Not currently. Although it’s true that Medicare may pay for some home health care costs within very particular parameters, it is not meant to cover long-term in-home care.
Q: Is it more cost-effective to hire a caregiver independently than working together with a professional home care company?
A: No. Although at first it may seem that hiring a caregiver independently is more cost-effective than hiring a caregiver through a professional home care agency, there are many hidden expenses when hiring a private caregiver. For example, with a privately hired caregiver, you are the employer, meaning it is your duty to cover taxes, worker’s compensation, and more. When working through a home care agency, you do not have to worry about or pay for any of these things.
Q: Is home care the right choice for a senior with dementia?
A: Yes. Carolina Hearts Home Care provides highly trained, experienced Alzheimer’s and dementia care in central North and South Carolina. Our caregivers receive ongoing training on how to provide the highest quality support to seniors, giving families much-needed respite and peace of mind.
Q: What do ADL and IADL stand for?
A: ADL is the term for Activities of Daily Living, or activities that happen every day, such as bathing, dressing, transferring from the bed to a chair, walking, etc. IADL refers to Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, and covers such activities as managing household expenses, shopping, using the phone, etc. ADLs and IADLs are evaluated when identifying which level of care is ideal for a senior.
Carolina Hearts Home Care can help older adults with both ADLs and IADLs, leading to safer, more comfortable, and more independent lives at home.
We know you likely have some further questions about senior home care, and we’re here to provide the information you need. Contact us any time online or at 855-277-2005 to learn more about our companion home care in Laurinburg, NC and nearby areas.