As we age, certain activities of daily living become more challenging. If you’re in need of assistance to maintain your quality of life, but you’re not yet in need of 24-hour care and supervision, senior home care services may be right for you.
In-home services for seniors allow seniors to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. This preserves their independence and dignity while increasing their quality of life and giving their loved ones peace of mind.
What Services Are Covered by In-Home Care?
The goal of all in-home care services is to help seniors live independently and comfortably for as long as possible. All of our in-home care plans are created by a licensed RN who works with the individual, the family, and their physicians to assess and address the individual’s specific needs.
Once you have a custom care plan, a trained home care aide will provide the required services under supervision from an RN and Home Care Supervisor. These services may include:
- Personal hygiene
- Help dressing
- Light Housework
- Transportation in some instances
- Meal preparation
- Pet assistance or care (limited)
- Medication assistance
We provide programs that can help fill the void for those elders who do not qualify for services through Medicaid, VA, or private insurance programs. On a fee-for-service basis, seniors can arrange private pay for a variety of tasks.
The Benefits of Senior Home Care Services
There is nothing like the comfort and familiarity of being cared for in one’s own home. In-home care is the most effective form of health care delivered in terms of customer satisfaction. Being surrounded by your own things gives you a feeling of comfort and security that just can’t be duplicated. In fact, 90% of senior citizens say they would prefer to stay in their homes for as long as possible.
In-home care can also prevent or postpone the transition to living in a long-term care facility, which is unfamiliar and can be intimidating. No one likes to feel out of control of their own lives.
Medical evidence has shown that in-home care promotes healing as most individuals recover more quickly at home. Illness increases stress and anxiety which can be at least partially alleviated when this care is provided in the individual’s own home. Compare this to taking an elderly person away from their loved one and familiar surroundings. At no time is family more important than during times of illness.
Being surrounded by familiar settings and objects can also be very helpful for those who suffer from dementia or the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Familiarity and routine can prolong lucidity and prevent lapses in memory.
In-home senior care costs are often less than other forms of long-term care. Hospitalization, nursing homes, and assisted living are almost always more expensive than staying in your own home–especially if you own your home outright or live in a controlled rent apartment. This is one reason why in-home care is the most rapidly growing component of health care expenditure in the United States.
And last, but definitely not least, in-home care provides respite and assistance to the family members and friends of the individual receiving it. This increases the quality of their lives and provides them with peace of mind when they can’t be with their elderly loved one.
Home Care Service Costs
This depends entirely on the level of care needed and whether or not you qualify through insurance. Reach out to your local Agency on Aging for more information about the cost of your specific care needs. The forms of payment accepted by the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas are:
- AR Choices
- Private Insurance
- Private Pay
- Veteran’s Benefits
To receive a free assessment and find out what services you may qualify for contact one of our case managers directly by calling 800-467-2170.
Home Care Near Me
For more information about home care services for the elderly in your area, contact us online or by calling 800-467-2170.