What is Home Care?
An increasing number of seniors are deciding to age in the comfort of their own homes. Home care varies, depending on the needs of the client. To one family, home care might mean helping a senior get around their home. For another, it might mean providing them with daily companionship or transportation to complete errands.
Other in-home care services might include daily tasks like housekeeping, cooking, cleaning, or even just sitting and talking with the client. In-home care services can also mean providing respite for a family caregiver or helping a client transition from a hospital visit to home care. The day-to-day requirements of a family caregiver can feel overwhelming. In-home care services ensure that your loved one is taken care of properly, while allowing you to focus on developing your relationship with them.
Before in-home care services, many individuals would have to make the difficult decision to move to an assisted living home, even if they only required minimal daily assistance. In-home care can provide seniors and those with disabilities the added assistance and care they need so they can live where they are most comfortable.
In-home care services enable individuals, allowing them to maintain their independence while also connecting them with a caregiver that is carefully matched to meet their individual needs.
Customized Services at SYNERGY HomeCare
SYNERGY HomeCare recognizes that each client has their own in-home care needs. No two families are the same and because of this, they offer customized in-home care services based on the patient’s needs. If you prefer, you can also schedule one of the pre-set packages available through SYNERGY HomeCare. The Weekday Health Appointment Package includes a couple hours of in-home care each week with assistance to and from medical appointments. Caregivers will also take notes while accompanying the client to the doctors’ appointment, ensuring that they remember to ask all questions and follow all doctors’ orders.
The Rise and Shine Package assists seniors with their morning routine, including tasks like getting in and out of bed and dressing and grooming for the day. The Mealtime Check-In Care Package ensures that your loved one is consuming healthy meals regularly. This package will also include daily light housekeeping and companionship with the senior.
The first and most important step when choosing an in-home care company is determining how much assistance you need. With Synergy’s care needs estimator, you can determine and evaluate your home care needs. This quiz requests information to better determine the individual needs of the client, with questions that gauge the level of assistance already available within the house, along with the additional level of assistance needed.
SYNERGY HomeCare will also complete a comprehensive in-home assessment with each new client, which will give them not only a better idea of your loved one’s individual needs, but also their expectations and preferences. The goal at SYNERGY HomeCare is not only to care for your loved one in a dedicated and compassionate way, but to also improve their life enjoyment.
Whether you or your loved one needs short-term or long-term primary caregiving services, SYNERGY HomeCare can find a convenient schedule that works for you. The great thing about SYNERGY HomeCare is that they also understand that a seniors’ care needs often change. Because your working relationship with SYNERGY HomeCare does not require a contract, you can always increase or decrease your level of in-home care services.
In addition to determining the in-home care needs of the patient, SYNERGY HomeCare also completes an in-depth caregiving matching process. Once each caregiving employee has successfully completed their reference and national criminal background check, a SYNERGY representative will look at their individual skills and experience to determine if they are a good fit for a family. SYNERGY HomeCare even has caregivers that are specially trained in memory care conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia, so you can rest easy knowing that your loved one is receiving the care they need.
While SYNERGY HomeCare does not offer medical care services, they can be an important point of contact for medical alerts. Your caregiver will come to know your loved one, knowing when to alert their medical team for additional care.
Paying for Home Care
Many seniors and their families wonder how they will cover the cost of in-home care. Long-term care services are important to the overall health and wellbeing of your loved one, but they are not always covered by traditional insurance providers. Consider a few of these options as you begin to explore in-home care:
Medicare and In-Home Services at SYNERGY HomeCare
While Medicare does not typically cover in-home care services that are not medical in nature, some Medicare Advantage plans do include home care. Rules vary depending on your coverage and state. Fortunately, the representatives at SYNERGY HomeCare are willing to communicate with your Medicare representative to determine your coverage availability.
Private Insurance and In-Home Care Services at SYNERGY HomeCare
Seniors who have a private insurance policy might also have in-home care benefits available. SYNERGY HomeCare can work with your insurance company, helping you better understand your payment and coverage options.
Medicaid and In-Home Care Services at SYNERGY HomeCare
In some cases, Medicaid will cover the cost of in-home care services or assist with the costs associated. Medicaid is a state-specific insurance coverage, however, so it is important to check with your state’s office. Additionally, some family members might qualify for the Caregiver Child Exemption. This program can offer payment to eligible family caregivers.
Veteran’s Insurance and In-Home Care Services at SYNERGY HomeCare
As a veteran, you gave up a lot to protect your loved ones. In return, you might be eligible for in-home care benefits available through Veteran’s Affairs (VA). When you choose SYNERGY HomeCare, you might be eligible for even more including the Veteran’s Homemaker Benefits. SYNERGY HomeCare is an approved provider of VA benefits. You can learn more about your eligibility by reaching out to your nearest VA location.
Your nearest SYNERGY HomeCare representative can help you evaluate your in-home care payment and coverage options. In addition to considering benefits, SYNERGY HomeCare can also design a custom in-home care plan that meets your budget.
Choosing the Right Home Care Agency
When it comes to the health and well-being of your loved one, you want the best. No two senior home care agencies are the same, just as no two seniors are the same. In addition to reviews, it can also be helpful to carefully evaluate the individual SYNERGY group. We want you to choose a home care agency that makes you feel comfortable and that works with you.
The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare stand by the quality and dedication that they offer their patients with a no-contract policy. This means that if you’re unhappy with your level of care at any time, you can cancel your caregiving services. SYNERGY HomeCare also realizes that your loved one’s needs are not limited to normal business hours. Not only are their caregiving services available 24/7, but you can also reach customer representatives any time of the day or night. Whether you have a question or a concern, a live person is always ready to help.
Honesty is an important value to look for when choosing an in-home company. Not only do you want a caregiver that is open and honest with you, but you also want an agency with a clear pricing structure and policies. SYNERGY HomeCare is honest and clear when it comes to pricing and there are never any hidden fees.
Choosing the individual caregiver might also be important to you. SYNERGY HomeCare allows clients and their families’ to meet with their potential caregiver ahead of time. They will also change your caregiver with no questions asked, if either you or your loved one isn’t comfortable with them. SYNERGY HomeCare also recognizes the need for ongoing information and resources. Representatives are always ready to help by providing you with condition-specific resources to better understand what your loved one is going through and what they need.
How Much Does Carelinx Home Care Cost?
In-home care costs can vary depending on many factors including the location of the franchise and the level of the services needed. Generally, home care at SYNERGY is billed weekly, combining the number of hours of care for the week. It can be helpful to first determine the number of hours of in-home care that your loved one needs and then compare that to the cost of the SYNERGY HomeCare location nearest you.
Fortunately, the cost of in-home care tends to be more affordable than other senior care options like an assisted living facility or nursing home.