What is Home Care?
More and more seniors are making the decision to age in place, where they are the most comfortable. The opportunity to live at home, despite health or memory care concerns, allows older adults to enjoy a happy and independent life, well into their senior years.
In-home care refers to any type of care that takes place within the home. This could include non-medical or skilled nursing care. Typically, in-home care refers to non-medical, personal assistance, whereas home healthcare is often used to discuss skilled nursing care within the client’s home.
Home care is also getting more in-depth and assistive in nature, meeting a new generation of seniors’ needs. Seniors with memory care concerns or chronic medical conditions that might have had to go to a nursing home previously can be safe in their own home with the assistance of both in-home caregivers and technological devices.
GrandPad is just one example of a device available through Comfort Keepers, which keeps your loved one connected, even when the family is far away. In addition to checking on your loved one whenever you want, you can also utilize the technology to play games, make phone calls, share images, and even video chat. Each Comfort Keeper family receives a discount on GrandPad.
Customized Services at Comfort Keepers
Comfort Keepers understands that no two senior’s needs are the same. Because of this, they offer a care plan that is tailored to the needs of each client. One thing is consistent among caregiving at Comfort Keepers, and that is that each client is treated with dignity and respect.
Comfort Keepers offer a wide range of in-home care services, easily meeting the most unique of client needs. Whether your loved one requires assistance with cooking and cleaning, or a little extra companionship throughout the day, Comfort Keepers can create a care plan that works for your you and family. Caregivers assist with all types of tasks including activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating. Comfort Keepers will also assist with instrumental activities of daily living, which include things like shopping, paying bills, completing chores, and preparing meals.
The Comfort Keeper brand is also a leader in the industry with useful memory care programs for seniors dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. They offer 24-hour care for customers who require around-the-clock care. Many locations also have short notice and as-needed schedules, so you can easily find a schedule that works best for you.
Each Comfort Keeper client will receive an individualized written Plan of Care. You can expect your Plan of Care to be confidential and customized to best meet the needs of your loved one. When creating your Plan of Care, it is a collaborative process to ensure that everyone is in agreement on the services needed. Then, you and your Comfort Keeper caregiver will continue to re-evaluate your Plan of Care every six months to ensure that everyone’s needs are continually being met.
Comfort Keepers can also assist with unique care assistance needs like transitioning from the hospital to home or interactive in-home senior care that includes both mental health care and physical well-being. Your caring caregiver can also provide additional monitoring and support during third-party visits, such as with physical therapists or speech therapy.
Paying for Home Care
Many families will begin their decision-making process determining how they will cover the costs of a private caregiver. There are a few options available, which include:
Medicare and In-Home Services at Comfort Keepers
Medicare does not often cover the costs of in-home care. While it can cover some long-term costs, eligible benefits are often limited. Instead, Medicare is designed more to assist seniors following hospitalization for a few weeks. Generally, Medicare coverage is limited to short-term skilled nursing care. In some cases, Medicare might cover minimum time in a nursing home center for rehabilitation.
Private Insurance and In-Home Care Services at Comfort Keepers
Seniors who have private or long-term care insurance might have in-home care benefits available. However, the benefits and coverages available will vary from plan to plan so it is important to check with your individual provider.
Medicaid and In-Home Care Services at Comfort Keepers
Medicaid might be an option for seniors who qualify for benefits. Some Medicaid programs do cover in-home care. Chances are, if you qualify for Social Security Income (SSI), you will also qualify for Medicaid. It is important to keep in mind that Medicaid is a state program, so qualifications and coverages will vary. It is best to check your state’s Medicaid requirements, as well as any other state programs that you might be eligible for.
In some cases, Medicaid will also allow family members to manage or participate in caregiving tasks. At Comfort Keepers, we can create a schedule that allows you to balance your time between caregiving duties and the services of one of our personal caregivers. Respite care is also available, allowing you to take a break when needed, knowing that your loved one is still receiving the home care services they need.
Veteran’s Insurance and In-Home Care Services at Comfort Keepers
Qualified veterans and their spouses may also be eligible for in-home benefits. Individuals who qualify for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits and who have served at least 90 days on active duty with minimum of one day during wartime might be eligible. Check with your nearest VA office to learn more about eligibility requirements.
In-home care costs, fortunately, tend to be much more affordable than other care options like an assisted living or nursing home. Without the convenience of in-home care services, many families’ are forced to manage caregiving on their own, losing out on necessary income. Comfort Keepers tends to be an affordable choice and can customize home care services to not only meet your seniors’ needs, but also your budget.
Choosing the Right Home Care Agency
There is a lot that goes into choosing the right home care agency for you and your families’ needs. Of course, the quality of care and the knowledge of the caregivers and licensed nursing professionals are important to consider, but in-home care is about much more than that. Comfort Keepers also aims to offer clients an enjoyable experience that reduces some of the inconveniences that can come with getting older. Comfort Keeper caregivers understand the risks of social isolation and in-home care companionship can help with that.
Comfort Keepers provides its customers will all the extras that truly make a difference in in-home care quality. In addition to the GrandPad technologies, Comfort Keepers has also partnered with the large, ride-share company, Lyft. Clients can easily find transportation to medical appointments or social interactions by calling their nearest Comfort Keepers location and getting a Lyft.
The available personal emergency response system can also offer you and your family added peace of mind by knowing that your loved one will receive immediate help if they fall. Other products available through Comfort Keepers include MedMinder, a device that remembers individual medication dosas and a customized, programmable pill dispenser. Comfort Keepers has always done a good job of recognizing the most common challenges of seniors and then coming up with solutions to them.
How Much Does Comfort Keepers Cost?
Because each Comfort Keepers location is independently owned and operated, the cost of in-home care services will vary. Other factors that can affect cost include the type of services needed and the scheduling needs for you and your family.
It is best to reach out to the Comfort Keepers location nearest you to learn more about the cost of in-home services.