You may wonder what exactly is home care? Well, there are different forms of home care that can be provided. There can be a lot of differences between the types and at the same time they can be very similar.

In previous articles, we have discussed the desire for senior adults as well as people who suffer from some kind of disability to stay and be cared for in their own home.

There are a few different types of home care that we will talk about here. 

Personal and Companionship Home Care

Golden-Heart-Southern-Utah-In-Home-Care_2This type of care is provided by a local agency who specializes in non-medical in-home care. The care provided is customized to meet your individualized need. 

Personal and companionship care focuses on help with everyday activities such as:

  • Self Care – Bathing, grooming, dressing and using the bathroom
  • Meal preparation
  • Assisting with home safety – Helping to transition from bed to wheelchair and fall prevention
  • Household chores – Light housekeeping, laundry, running errands, transportation to appointments
  • Medication monitoring
  • Respite care – Short term care
  • Companionship – engaging in hobbies and activities
  • Memory Care – Assisting with Alzheimers and other dementia related illnesses
  • Advocacy – Healthcare professionals, household contractors, insurance companies etc.

Some personal home care agencies such as Golden Heart Senior Care in St. George Utah can partner with home health care agencies and providers to enhance the in-home care experience.

How is it paid for? This service can be paid for with private pay. Some long-term care insurances, some health insurances, veterans benefits and Workers Compensation may reimburse for services rendered. If reimbursement of services is an available option, some agencies such as Golden Heart Southern Utah can advocate on the client’s behalf.

Home Health Care

This type of care is usually provided for short periods of time. The most common is after hospitalization for surgeries. It can also be provided to assist with people recovering from injuries and illnesses. These services are provided by certified health care professionals.

Home health care focuses on help with the following:

  • Short term nursing services – Complex wound dressing, rehab, tube feeding, injections etc.
  • Physical therapy
  • Home Health aide services
  • Medical social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy

How is it paid for? Usually specific qualifications must be met and ordered by a physician. It is typically paid for by Medicare and private insurances.

Home Care Qualifications

Ask the following questions when seeking home care services:

  • Is the agency licensed by the state?
  • What type of employee screening is done?
  • Ask for a list of discharge planners and other professionals who have worked with the agency
  • Can the agency provide references?
  • Will you receive a list of the rights and responsibilities of all parties?
  • How are problems addressed and resolved. Who is the main contact?

No matter what kind of care your loved one needs, there is one common goal. To help maintain independence and give quality care that everyone deserves.

How Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah can help: We are here to assist with you with taking care of a disabled family member or elder in-home care. Any caregiver who enters your home goes through our process of background checks, drug testing, interviews, and references. Reference our respite care page to learn about short term care. We are also licensed and bonded. Please refer to our Senior Advocacy page for more information. If you would like Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah to advocate for you and your loved one, please call us at (435) 669-3704.

Additional Resources:

https://www.aarp.org/health/health-insurance/info-06-2012/understanding-long-term-care-insurance.html

https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/home-health-care/home-health-care-what-is-it-what-to-expect.html

The Golden Heart Promise: We will provide excellent care to our valued Clients, advocate for their rights, and personify the compassion of a Golden HeartGolden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah, St. George, Cedar City would be happy to assist you or your loved one with in-home care. Please contact us today for more information on how we can help.  You’re in Caring Hands With Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah.

 

 

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