The length of time a person will receive care at home varies greatly depending on their individual needs and goals. Some patients need home care for only a week or two while they recover from an illness or surgery, while other patients have an ongoing need for care. All home health services are mandated by a physician, he or she will determine the length and amount of care needed in each specific case. There is no right or wrong length of time to receive care.
Frequently Asked Questions
It may surprise you to learn that home care can be a more affordable option than care in a nursing home or other institution. We can help answer your financial and insurance questions. There are several financial options available to help pay for home care. These include:
- Medicare – If a senior is considered homebound, meaning they cannot leave their home without significant help, Medicare will help cover the entire costs of home care episode. We work closely with your physician to determine the specific needs and amount of care you will receive.
- Certain private health insurance – Many health insurance plans will help cover certain home care services for those with a demonstrated need.
- Long Term Care insurance – This type of insurance can help offset the cost of care at home, especially for those who plan ahead. Preexisting conditions may not be covered, so you’ll need to read each policy carefully. If your loved one has the option to purchase long-term care insurance when they are relatively young and healthy, it can really help defray care costs later on.
A person doesn’t have to live independently to receive home care. If Mom lives with you, we’ll come to your house to provide care. We also provide care for people living in assisted living communities.
Your loved one will have access to a full staff of professional clinicians, including registered nurses, occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, registered dieticians, and medical social workers. We will work together with your loved one and their physician to come up with a care routine that meets their unique needs and circumstances. Behind the scenes, our skilled staff will assist you with everything from scheduling appointments to helping with required durable medical equipment procurement.
Studies have shown that home care is less stressful and ultimately more beneficial to the patient than institutionalized care. In the home environment, patients tend to be more relaxed and receptive to therapies and treatments. Care at home does not require major changes in lifestyle and routine. Home care gives patients flexibility and allows them to lead full, independent lives that aren’t wholly defined by their condition. Home care is often less expensive than other forms of care as well.