You’re concerned that Mom may need some help at home, and so naturally, you know just where to turn for assistance, right? No? Rest assured – you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are faced with the same dilemma, and most people don’t know a lot about home care services until the need for care arises. If you’re in the initial stages of looking into home care options, it’s helpful to have some insight into what exactly home care is and how it works. To help you through this journey, the professional team at Advanced Home Health Care, providers of Fort Madison, IA home care and the surrounding area, has compiled some frequently asked questions regarding home care, along with the appropriate answers to help you make better, more informed care decisions for your loved one.
Q: Can Medicare pay for long-term in-home care?
A: No. Although it’s true that Medicare may pay for some home health care costs within very particular parameters, it was never intended to cover long-term in-home care.
Q: Is it less expensive to hire a caregiver privately than working with a professional home care agency?
A: No. While initially it may seem that hiring an independent caregiver is more affordable than hiring a caregiver through a professional home care agency, there are many unrevealed expenses when hiring a private caregiver. For example, with a privately hired caregiver, you are the employer, meaning it’s your responsibility to cover taxes, worker’s compensation, and more. When working through a home care agency, you do not have to worry about or pay for any of these things.
Q: Is home care an ideal choice for a senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia?
A: Yes. Advanced Home Health Care provides highly skilled, compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Iowa. Our caregivers receive ongoing training on how to provide the highest quality support to seniors, offering families much-needed respite and peace of mind.
Q: What do ADL and IADL stand for?
A: ADL refers to Activities of Daily Living, or activities that occur every day, like showering, dressing, moving from the bed to a chair, walking, etc. IADL refers to Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, and covers such activities as managing household expenses, shopping, using the phone, etc. ADLs and IADLs are assessed when determining which level of care is most appropriate for an older adult.
Advanced Home Health Care can help seniors with both ADLs and IADLs, resulting in safer, more comfortable, and more independent lives at home.
We know you probably have some additional questions about in-home care, and we’re always here to provide the answers you need. Contact us any time at 800.791.7785 to learn more about our home care services in Fort Madison IA and the surrounding area.