What is Home Care and How Does it Work?

Home care is a senior solution in Brentwood, TN you may not have considered.
Home care is a senior solution in Brentwood, TN you may not have considered.

You’re concerned that Dad may be in need of some support at home, and so obviously, you know exactly where to turn for assistance, right? No? Take heart – you’re not the only one who doesn’t know about home care and how it works. Millions of people in the U.S. are faced with the same quandary, and most people don’t know a lot about senior care services until the need for care develops. If you’re in the preliminary stages of exploring home care solutions, it’s helpful to have some insight into what exactly home care is and how it works. To assist you along this journey, the experienced team at Stay Home Care, providers of in-home senior solutions in Brentwood and the surrounding area, has pulled together commonly asked questions about home care, along with the appropriate answers to help you make better, more informed care decisions for your loved one.

Q: Will Medicare cover the cost 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 is not currently meant to cover long-term in-home care.

Q: Is it less expensive to hire a caregiver independently than working with a professional home care agency?

A: No. While at first it might seem that hiring an independent caregiver is more affordable than hiring a caregiver through a professional home care agency, there are numerous unrevealed costs when hiring a private caregiver. For example, with a privately hired caregiver, you are the employer, meaning it is your duty to pay 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 the best choice for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease?

A: Yes. Stay Home Care provides highly skilled, compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Brentwood. Our caregivers are provided with ongoing training on how to provide the highest quality support to seniors with dementia, providing families much-needed respite and peace of mind.

Q: What do ADL and IADL mean?

A: ADL stands for Activities of Daily Living, or activities that happen every day, including bathing, getting dressed, transferring from the bed to a chair, walking, etc. IADL refers to Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, and covers such activities as managing home finances, shopping, using the telephone, etc. ADLs and IADLs are assessed when determining which level of care is suitable for an older adult.

Stay Home Care can help older adults with both ADLs and IADLs, resulting in safer, more comfortable, and more independent lives at home.

We know you likely have some further questions about home care and how it works, and we’re always available to provide the answers you need. Call us any time at 615-964-7726  to learn more about senior solutions and our home care services in Brentwood and the encompassing areas.