In-Home Care

Senior Home Care and In-Home Care Placement and Referral Agency

What are In-Home Care Agencies?

Home care and in-home care are sometimes referred to as home health care, home health and private duty. Senior home health care, private duty, in home care and home care simply means care provided to an elder/senior in their own home. Home care agencies make it possible for seniors to remain in the comfort of their own home and maintain their independence.

Home care agencies are among the most requested agencies in our society today. Over the last decade the emergence of in-home care has created a new service industry meeting an ever-growing demand. In-home care refers to services that help elder/seniors stay in their home if they have a short or long-term disability, need help to recuperate from a surgery, injury, and chronic illness or have difficulty caring for themselves simply due to the aging process.

In-home care agencies render a range of medical care needs, companionship, supervision and personal care services in the comfort and convenience of a person's own home. This eliminates the need for elder/seniors to move into a facility. In-home care from a professional is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends.

Non-Medical Care vs. Medical

Most elderly seniors want to age independently at home and not burden their family. In-home care from a professional makes that possible. Care in the home may include some combination of skilled health care services and non-medical or assisted living services. The phrases, in-home care, home care and home health care have been used in the past interchangeably regardless of whether the person requires skilled nursing care or not.

Today, however, there is growing understanding that "home health care" means skilled nursing care and that "in-home care" means non-medical care, personal care, custodial care or domiciliary care. These differences are important because they help determine the appropriate level of care provided, which in-turn will determine the actual cost of care and the funding sources available.

Typical In-Home Care Non-Medical Services

Non-medical care services include personal care, companionship and supervision, as well as help in the home with the tasks of daily living such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, and transportation. Activities of daily living (ADL) refers to six specific activities (bathing, dressing, transferring, using the toilet, eating, and walking) that reflect an individual's capacity for self-care.

Cost of In-Home Care Services

Costs for in-home care services vary depending on many factors, including what services are being provided, where you live, and whether the expenses qualify for Medicare or private insurance coverage.

Medicare covers certain in-home health care services when the person needing care meets eligibility criteria (which includes being homebound and requiring the services of a skilled professional), and if the services are considered reasonable and necessary for treatment.

Some states have programs for seniors with limited resources and assets, which rather than going through a home health care agency allow seniors (or their representatives) to pay a person of their choosing, including family members, for in-home services. Such programs are often called "participant-directed services" or "cash and counseling," although similar services go by different names depending on location.

If there is no program available in your state, you'll want to select a qualified in-home care agency that will provide the services you need at the cost you can afford. Most agencies charge by the hour however, there are in-home care agencies that work on a contract basis.


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Senior Care Options

Adult Day Health Care Centers

Adult Day Care Centers

Adult day care centers focus on social interaction with adults and older persons. Adult day health care (ADHC) provides day care to adults with chronic medical conditions. Use our adult day care center placement and referral agency to find adult day care centers.

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Hospice Care Facilities

Hospice Care Facilities

Hospice care is more than a place of care, hospice is a unique kind of care for people with advanced illnesses. Hospice care is a specialized care that accepts dying as the final stage of life. Use our hospice care facility placement and referral agency to find hospice care facilities.

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Memory Care Facilities

Memory Care Facilities

Memory care is a term that refers to specialized care provided by some facilities to help elder/seniors and other individuals affected by memory impairment. Use our memory care facility placement and referral agency to find private pay memory care facilities.

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Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities provide seniors more companionship and some assistance in day-to-day living. Assisted living facilities come in all sizes. Our assisted living facility placement and referral agency will help seniors find the right private pay assisted living community.

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Independent Living Communities

Independent Living Communities

Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. These communities are for seniors who need no care. Use our independent living community placement and referral agency to find independent living.

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Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes are also known as adult family homes, adult family care homes, care homes, residential care facilities and personal care homes. Our residential care home placement and referral agency will help seniors find the appropriate senior care home.

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Continuing Care Communities

Continuing Care Communities

Continuing care communities are a combination of memory care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. CCRC's are owned by private companies and staffed to provide a "continuum of care". There are three basic types of contracts for care in a CCRC.

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In-Home Care Agencies

In-Home Care Agencies

Home care and in-home care are sometimes referred to as home health care, home health and private duty. Our home care placement and referral agency will help clients find in-home care, home care, home health care and private duty home care close to you.

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Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities are normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide custodial care, which includes getting in and out of bed. Use our skilled nursing facility placement and referral agency to help you find the right facility.

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