Assisted living, independent living, continuing care: these community settings may offer an array of attractive services, programming, features, and amenities. Yet for many, there is no place like home. Care in the home – whether you need assistance with basic personal care tasks or highly skilled medical services – is available via a number of providers, agencies and healthcare professionals.
Q: What is home care?
A: Home care covers a broad spectrum of services, including physical therapy, help with housekeeping, IV therapy, hospice care, nutrition counseling, personal care assistance (bathing, dressing, grooming), and care management, among others. All of these services can be delivered directly to/in the individual’s home.
Q: How do I pay for home care?
A: Home care is generally paid for out-of-pocket; however, certain Medicare benefits will cover aspects of home care, and some states have a Medicaid waiver option for eligible seniors to receive care at home instead of in a skilled nursing facility or similar setting. Some healthcare/long-term care insurance policies may include coverage for home care as well.
Q: Can I stay home even if I need around-the-clock care?
A: Yes. A number of agencies can provide live-in caregivers or ensure coverage 24 hours a day for those who need it.
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