Our recent blog post covered some of the most important factors to take into consideration when looking into starting in-home care. In addition to considering those factors, it’s also important to know what resources – from people to agencies – may be available to help. This includes:
People you know. Many senior citizens rely on family members, friends, and neighbors to help them. Those you are close with may be able to help find the best way to meet your needs.
Community and local government. The government provides many services for senior citizens, and some of these may be found in your community. Social workers and health care professionals may be able to provide suggestions. Contacting your state and local offices for aging or social services, as well as your local Area Agency on Aging, may also prove helpful. Finally, check with your local church, synagogue, or community center, as these groups may provide services for senior citizens.
Geriatric care managers. Specially trained geriatric care managers help assist with and coordinate senior citizen elder care for a cost. They help to make long-term care plans and find services that are appropriate for your needs. When family members are not close by, geriatric care managers can check in with you from time to time and oversee your other elder care services such as in-home health aides.
Federal government. The federal government provides many resources for senior citizens. The internet is a good place to start looking. It may be helpful for a neighbor, child, or grandchild to assist you. The Eldercare Locator, your local Area Agency on Aging, and Medicare may be good places to start.
Home health care agencies. Home health care agencies coordinate and provide home health aides to assist senior citizens in their home for a cost. They often have a staff that includes social workers and nurses that manage your care.
Some types of services are free while others may be expensive. When planning, it is important to consider how to pay for these services. Medicare, Medicaid, private “Medigap” policies, private health insurance, or long-term care insurance may cover some of the services you need. Otherwise, you will have to pay out of pocket. Still, paying for some of these services out of pocket may be less expensive than moving into an assisted living or long-term care facility.
If you are considering in-home care for yourself or a loved one, contact Kennedy Care today to learn more about our service offerings. Call 800-796-2273 or contact us here.