Non-medical home care is an ideal solution for many families as their parents age. However, the challenge often arises of how to pay for that care. While some seniors may have funds to pay for home care, a lot of seniors struggle to pay for their care at home without any government assistance.
This article addresses some payment options for non-medical home care. This list is not all-inclusive and you can come up with your own creative ways to pay for care at home.
With advancements in science and technology, we live longer than ever before. But as we age, our physical and mental capabilities change. Some of us may require more care than others depending on our mental and physical limitations. Since our needs vary widely, so do the options available to us. There are many levels of care, from casual non-medical in-home care to 24 hours/day nursing care, and the choices can seem overwhelming at times.
Alzheimer’s, as defined by the Alzheimer’s Association, is “a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.” Symptoms, while mild early on, get worse over time, eventually becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Sadly, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. So treatment focuses on alternative therapies and activities that directly involve the person with Alzheimer’s. One of the benefits of using these therapies is that they may reduce behavioral symptoms of the disease, including agitation, anger, frustration, depression, wandering or rummaging.
Therapies benefit the patient most when they focus on the person’s previous interests. This is because they spark memories, thus taking advantage of the person’s remaining skills while minimizing those that are compromised. Bringing out these memories can also reinforce a person’s sense of belonging in a group, providing friendship and mutual support.
It is well known fact that happy workers have higher levels of productivity. But did you also know that happy workers equate to better care in the home care industry?
The home care industry is dealing with a huge shortage of caregivers. This shortage is causing a lot of turnover in the industry. According to 2015 Home Care Pulse® Benchmarking study, turnover rate for the home care industry is between 61% and 77%. Only a handful of companies are able to retain the best staff and hence have a far better customer satisfaction rate than other home care companies. If you have ever used a home care agency or plan to use one, you must ask yourself the following three questions.
Hello and welcome to the inaugural edition of our newsletter!
Inspired Care Home Health loves to keep in touch with its clients, employees, prospective clients and business partners. Continuing the trend of our “keep-in-touch” philosophy, we are very excited to introduce our first monthly Newsletter. Through this communication, we’ll keep you updated not only with events and latest changes within the company, but also with trends in the healthcare industry, especially with regard to the health, safety and independence of seniors.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities or assisted living facilities (ALFs) help promote health, safety
and well-being among the senior residents that live there. Assisted living was developed as
a type of senior housing to provide housing, health care and personal care services to
seniors in need of assistance with activities of daily living in a more independent
environment than a traditional nursing home.
Residential Care Homes
What are Residential Care Homes?
Residential care homes are known by different names depending on where you live. In some areas they are called adult family homes, in other areas they may be referred to as personal care homes, adult foster homes, group homes, or board and care homes. Typically they all have the same things in common: they provide care for seniors in a homelike setting that’s very much like a family.
Retirement/Independant Living Communities
What are Retirement/Independent Living Communities?
Retirement communities or independent living communities cater to seniors who are very
independent with few medical problems. Residents live in fully equipped private apartments
available in a variety of sizes from studios to large two bedrooms. Fine dining services are
offered with custom-designed meal packages.
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Also Known As: Retirement Communities, Congregate Care, Retirement Living
Payment Sources: Mostly private pay, some government funded through Section 202
Price Range: $1500-$5000 per month
What is a Nursing Home?
Today in the United States there are over 16,000 nursing homes. Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, are for seniors who require constant medical care and need significant assistance with the activities of daily living. The goal of care in a nursing home is to help individuals meet their daily physical, medical, social, and psychological needs. Nursing homes are generally stand alone facilities, but some are operated within a hospital or an assisted living community.