What is Home Care?
Home care is a service that provides support to individuals with medical conditions or following surgery. Home care can include companionship or personal care. It can also include assistance with transportation or respite care for family. These types of services allow individuals to enjoy their independence and freedom, by keeping them in the comfort of their own home for longer.
Visiting Angels have made a commitment to seniors, promising to provide them with affordable in-home care by qualified caregivers. By focusing on a multi-modal approach with social, medical, educational, and supportive services, Visiting Angels can help seniors thrive where they are most comfortable.
Whether you or your loved one need assistance with getting to and from medical appointments or maintaining daily household errands, Visiting Angels can help. The caregivers at Visiting Angels can provide you with the non-medical senior home care that is needed to maintain your health and well-being, while in the comfort of your own home.
With in-home care services, you don’t need a prescription. That is because you can’t write a prescription for quality care, friendship, compassion, or fun. The caregivers at Visiting Angels are here to not only assist with your loved one’s daily care, but also to make their entire day better.
Visiting Angels have been providing family’s with peace of mind since 1998. With over 20 years of in-home care experience, you can rest easy knowing that your loved one is well cared for. Visiting Angels takes at-home care to the next level. With tools like Constant Companion on Amazon’s Alexa and the ability to reach a live representative within 15 minutes or less, Visiting Angel’s prioritizes the care of your loved one.
Visiting Angels have helped thousands of seniors comfortably age in place with over 600 non-medical locations throughout the country.
Customized Services at Visiting Angels
Visiting Angels makes it a goal to customize each in-home care program to best meet the needs of the patient and their family. With specialized Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care programs, Visiting Angels offers elderly care for individuals with all different needs. Visiting Angels also understands that scheduling needs differ among families. They offer hourly and overnight care. Even if your loved one requires 24-hour around-the-clock care, Visiting Angels will create a schedule that works for you.
Each service at Visiting Angels begins with a free in-home assessment. That means a qualified Visiting Angels representative will get to know your loved one and your family. Then, they will match your families’ individual needs to a qualified caregiver. During your visit, you can expect to discuss specific needs, daily schedules, logistics of in-home visits, and homemaking needs. This initial assessment is also a great time to learn more about Visiting Angels and what to expect from in-home senior care.
We also understand that taking care of a loved one can be overwhelming on the family. Many family members want to be a part of their loved one’s caregiving. We offer rotating schedules and our caregivers will work around you and your families’ needs. Visiting Angels also knows how difficult it can be to care for a loved one from a distance. With tools like video chat and health monitors, they offer the tools needed to provide you with long-distance peace of mind.
Learn more about the customized services available at Visiting Angels by speaking with a senior care advisor. Your advisor will answer all in-home care questions you have and set up your free in-home assessment as soon as possible.
Paying for Home Care
It is important to consider how you and your family will cover the costs of home care. Depending on your loved one’s needs and insurance coverage, there might be a government program or insurance options available to help with the costs.
Medicare and In-Home Services at Visiting Angels
Medicare assistance is limited to in-home health care that is medically needed and approved by a doctor. Medicare Part A can sometimes cover home health care services, as long as the services come from an agency approved by Medicare. Medicare will also cover the cost of medical equipment for some patients. However, eligibility requirements vary.
Private Insurance and In-Home Care Services at Visiting Angels
Individuals with long-term care insurance might have in-home care benefits available. The type of in-home care and frequency of care will depend on your insurance provider. You will want to check with your individual provider for more information.
Medicaid and In-Home Care Services at Visiting Angels
Medicaid, a federal and state program, is available to low-income individuals. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid does cover long term care services.
Medicaid eligibility varies, depending on your state. But requirements often include:
- Individual must be over the age of 65, or under 65 with permanent disability
- Individual must be considered low-income
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be a resident of the state in which they are applying
In most cases, seniors who are already receiving Social Security Income (SSI) will be eligible for Medicaid benefits. Some Medicaid programs will even offer you reimbursement for caring for a family member. The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) is a federally and state-funded program that aims to keep older adults at home for longer. You can learn more about the FCSP program by visiting your local Area on Aging department.
Veteran’s Insurance and In-Home Care Services at Visiting Angels
Eligible veterans and spouses might also be eligible for long-term home care services, including palliative or hospice care. Requirements often include:
- Individual must be eligible for a Veteran’s Affair pension
- Individual must require home services
- Veteran must have served a minimum of 90 days
- A minimum of one day served must have been during wartime
- Veteran or spouse must have assets less than $80,000
You can learn more about your veteran’s benefits at your local VA department.
Dependent Care Flex Spending Account (FSA) and Home Care Services at Visiting Angels
If you or your loved one has a flex care spending account (FSA), then you might be able to use the funds for home care services. The requirements vary, based on your location and program. You can check with your financial advisor or tax advisor to find out if you are eligible for FSA care assistance benefits.
There may be other creative ways to cover the costs of in-home care services including local benefits or reverse mortgage. A representative from Visiting Angels will help you determine your options.
Choosing the Right Home Care Agency
Choosing the right home care agency requires careful research and consideration. In addition to evaluating the individual needs of your loved one, it is also important to consider the procedures and qualifications of the home care agency. The goal of in-home care services is to provide your loved one with safe and accommodating care. You can learn a lot about senior care agencies by evaluating reviews.
It can also be helpful to speak directly with any agencies that you are considering. Choose an agency that is willing to answer your questions and walk you through the process. Request information from agencies that you are interested in regarding pricing, scheduling, hiring practices, and emergency protocols. Choosing the right home care agency is an important decision and the right agency will provide you with all the resources you need to make your decision.
No two individuals are the same. Visiting Angels understands the diverse needs of each one of its clients and offers care that is completely customized and focuses on the health and safety of its clients. Visiting Angels is committed to their clients and their families. The organization works around your schedule and your needs, making Visiting Angels a leader in the private duty home care industry.
Visiting Angels also offers specialized care for individuals with unique needs. Caregivers are available with different types of certifications including from the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and even Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Care Assistant. Whatever your loved one’s needs are, chances are, Visiting Angels can offer you a solution that helps.
How Much Does Visiting Angels Home Care Cost?
While in-home care services can be an affordable option for seniors, it is necessary to evaluate the cost ahead of time. When compared to nursing home and assistive living facilities, in-home care tends to be a more affordable choice. On average, you can expect to pay between $15- $40/ per hour or $120- $200/ per day for home-based respite care. This is in comparison to facility-based respite care, or adult daycare services, which can cost, on average, between $100- $250 each day. The price of assisted living or a nursing home can be as much as double that each day.
Non-medical homecare services can be an affordable alternative for seniors who require minimal assistance versus 24/7 care in a nursing home environment. The cost of caregiving services at Visiting Angels depends on the type of services needed and your location. Visiting Angels understands the difficulties of choosing an in-home care provider and aims to make it affordable for everyone. Working closely with families, you are able to choose a schedule that fits within your budget.