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Home Care 101: A Simple Guide for Families Considering In-Home Care

By Jonathan Wells, 10:51 pm on

When an aging parent, grandparent or loved one needs additional help with daily activities, there are many care options available which can range from moving in with family members to relocating to an assisted living facility. However, in recent years, home care has become extremely popular, allowing seniors to receive the high level of care they need and deserve, without having to sacrifice the familiar comforts of home.

If you are considering home care in Douglas County for an aging loved one, read over the answers to a few commonly asked questions about home care to help determine if this senior care options is the best choice for your loved one and your family.

What is home care?

Home care is non-medical care and assistance for seniors in the comfort of home. Home care usually includes help with activities of daily living, also known as ADLs, which can include but are not limited to assistance with cooking, personal care activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming and incontinence, light housekeeping, mediation reminders and transportation.

Who provides home care?

Home care is provided by a caregiver. There are two main types of caregivers: privately hired caregivers and agency hired caregivers. While both may have the experience required to provide quality senior care, agency hired caregivers are often employees of a reputable and licensed company, meaning that you (the family) will not be liable for workers’ compensation, payroll or caregiver taxes. Click here to learn more about the difference between private and agency hired caregivers.

When is home care provided?

Home care is provided on a schedule that is determined by the senior and his or her family. In most instances, care can be provided on an hourly or live-in basis. With hourly care, seniors can receive minimal assistance on an as-needed basis. With live-in care, seniors can receive care on an around the clock basis, typically for 24 hour monitoring and support.

Is home care suitable for seniors with memory conditions?

Many seniors struggle with memory loss, ranging from episodes of short-term forgetfulness to dementia and Alzheimer’s. Premier home care agencies such as Home Care Assistance offer advanced dementia home care for seniors in Douglas County which ensure care needs are met, while also promoting comfort and safety. Dementia care services are provided by caregivers who specialize and are expertly trained in how to care for seniors with cognitive conditions.

How much does home care cost?

The price of home care ranges from one provider to another, however it is often less expensive than care at institutionalized facilities because seniors and families are only required to pay for the time that a caregiver is present. For instance, many retirement communities or assisted living facilities require a base fee, and then additional fees depending on the services needed. With home care, services are charged at an hourly basis and there are no upfront fees.

How do I learn more about home care?

If you are interested in learning more about home care, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Douglas County today and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Care Managers. They are available to help 24/7 and can also help you schedule an in-person consultation if you would like to further discuss the care needs of your aging loved one. There are no obligations with our home care consultations and there is no cost for meeting with our Care Managers. It is simply an opportunity for you to learn more about the home care service.

Call 720-287-1685 or visit our website at www.douglascountyhomecareassistance.com for more information.