November has been designated National Home Care and Hospice Month to spread information about the services that are available for elderly individuals and their families. Home care has become an increasingly popular option for seniors who prefer to stay in their own homes, yet need medical attention daily. If you are a family member considering home care for a loved one, here are a few important points you should keep in mind:
Home Care Comes in Many Forms
Home care is not just medical attention. Home care allows for a range of choices to suit every senior’s needs:
- Medical Supervision – Home care can provide specialized medical treatment at home for seniors who need regular medical care.
- Home Support Services – Home care can include light housekeeping, laundry, and transportation to doctor’s appointments, and companionship for seniors.
- Home Hospice Services – For those with serious illness, hospice care can arrange for medical equipment and other services for palliative care at home.
Home Care Is Sometimes Paid By Medicare
Medicare will cover home care under certain circumstances:
- If a doctor determines that home medical care is necessary for the patient and outlines a plan for the care
- If the senior requires physical therapy, speech-language therapy, nursing care or occupational therapy
- If the home health care agency is certified by Medicare
- If they are homebound, that is, if leaving the home takes major effort.
Your Input Is Important For Successful Home Care
Home care allows you to have direct contact with caregivers, which can result in improved care for your elderly family member. Their likes, dislikes, medical needs and other factors can be communicated on a regular basis to allow more responsive care. If you notice a problem, you can deal with it directly and immediately, which allows better control both for you and for your loved one.
Remaining At Home Is Beneficial For Many Seniors
Staying in their own home environment, with beloved objects and good memories, can often have a beneficial effect on seniors’ physical and mental health. Avoiding the disruptive change to a different type of living facility helps them to feel protected and secure.
The home care option has many benefits for elders who need additional care, but prefer to stay in their own homes. For families, home care can offer the perfect choice when providing care themselves is not practical. If you have a senior family member who needs care, November is the perfect month to find out more about these important services and prepare for the future. The information for this article was provided by the professionals at Igea Software, who specialize in home health care software for home healthcare agencies.