As I age, I want to live at home. I want to be surrounded by my spouse, children, family, friends and neighbors. I want to live independently and enjoy my time on Earth. I want to do the things I enjoy. I realize that as I age, I may need a little help around the house, but that’s okay as long as I can stay at home. If my health condition does not allow me to stay at home, put me in the best facility that I can afford. But if possible, I want to age in place at home. That is the discussion that I have had with my kids.
Many senior adults have expressed their desire to remain at home or age in place. As families are challenged with trying to keep Mom or Dad at home, many are not aware of all the options available to them. When families start to look at their options, they often look at Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Assisted Living Facilities, Independent Living Communities and Skilled Nursing Facilities. These are all viable options for Mom and/or Dad, but have you considered home care as a possible alternative for Mom and Dad?
You may be asking what is home care? Today, home care covers a broad spectrum of care inside the home. According to Brenda Overcash, Geriatric Care Consultant, “People are confused about home care. Many people think they need Home Healthcare when they really need Home Care. There is a big difference between the two services. Home Healthcare consists of physical therapy (PT), speech therapy (SLP), occupational therapy (OT), skilled nursing (SN), Medical Social Work, Infusion, Enteral Nutrition, and CNAs to accompany a skilled need. Home Healthcare is typically covered by health insurance, requires a doctor’s order, and is offered up to an hour per visit a few times a week. It can continue up to 60 days and can be recertified for additional days as long as the patient continues to improve. Home Healthcare is designed to get the patient well and discharged from care.” On the other hand, Home Care consists of non-medical services such as personal care (i.e., bathing, grooming, dressing, etc.), companion care (doing things your loved-one enjoys) and home-making assistance care (light housekeeping, running errands, preparing meals, etc.). Home Care does not require a doctor’s order and is usually not covered by health insurance (other than Long Term Care Insurance), but it does provide a caregiver to assist Mom and/or Dad in the home. And, there are no time limit requirements as in Home Healthcare.
According to Carol O’Dell, Owner of Bookkeeping for Seniors, her clients have all had good experiences with home care. From bathing, grooming, running errands, grocery shopping, washing clothes, working with pets, or transporting to medical appointments, Carol believes her clients have greatly benefitted from a professional caregiver who has come in to help. “It is hard to have a stranger in your house so it is important to work with a licensed and bonded home care agency that can provide someone who is trustworthy, compassionate and reliable to come in and help out”.
Brenda Overcash sees home care as a family’s caregiving partner. When her mother was hospitalized, she used a home care company to care for her mom at night so she could get some rest. With Brenda’s personal and professional experiences with home care she strongly recommends the following:
Home care is definitely a viable option for senior adults and their families. According to Maurice Barnes, Certified Senior Advisor and Owner of My Family’s Home Care in Charlotte, North Carolina, when looking for a home care agency, Mr. Barnes suggests the following:
In a supportive family home environment, a senior adult or person with disabilities can thrive and live life independently at home with a little assistance from a reputable home care agency. To learn more about home care and the options that Senior Adults and their families may need, call Maurice Barnes at My Family’s Home Care at 704-764-1819 or visit www.myfamilyshomecare.com.