What is In-Home Care?
In-home care services can provide companionship, supervision and assistance with personal care in the comfort and convenience of a person’s own home–making it possible for older adults to live at home rather than move into a senior living community. As baby boomers advance in years, come to retirement age and start collecting social security, before they know it their adult children find themselves caring for elderly parents. When routine phone calls or even alert systems are not enough, but the elderly don’t want to spend their retirement living outside the home they are familiar and comfortable with, their loved ones can still assure their health and well-being.
Care in the home may include some combination of skilled health care services, such as nursing interventions, and non-medical or assisted living services, but there is a distinction to be made: the term “home health care” is understood to mean licensed nursing care, while “in-home care” or “home care” refers to non-medical care, personal care, custodial care or domiciliary care. These differences are important because they help determine the appropriate level of care provided, which in turn will determine the actual cost of care and also the funding sources available to pay for care.
In-home care from a professional agency is appropriate whenever an individual prefers to stay at home, but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends. As their physical and cognitive abilities diminish, a growing number of elderly are electing to keep living independent, non-institutionalized lives by receiving care at home. Most senior citizens want to age independently while not burdening their families. Professional in-home care makes that possible. Families, meanwhile, are provided with peace of mind and assurance that their loved ones are well-cared for and comfortable in their own home.