You’re beginning to become concerned that Dad may possibly be in need of some professional help at home, and so obviously, you know just where to go for assistance, right? No? Take heart – you aren’t alone. Millions of people in the U.S. are facing the same predicament, 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 considering home care choices, it’s helpful to have some understanding of what exactly home care is and how it works. To help you through this journey, the trained and experienced team at CareFor, providers of Austin home care, has gathered together some frequently asked questions regarding home care, along with the corresponding answers to help you make better, more informed care decisions for your loved one.
Q: Will Medicare pay for long-term in-home care?
A: Not currently. While it’s true that Medicare might pay for some home health care costs within very specific parameters, it was never intended to cover long-term in-home care.
Q: Is it more economical to hire a caregiver independently than working with a professional home care company?
A: No. While in the beginning it may seem that hiring an independent caregiver is more affordable than hiring a caregiver through a professional home care agency, there are numerous unexpected expenses when hiring a private caregiver. For instance, with a privately hired caregiver, you are the caregiver’s employer, meaning it’s your obligation to cover taxes, worker’s compensation, and more. When working with a home care agency, you do not have to worry about or pay for any of these things.
Q: Is home care a suitable choice for a senior with dementia?
A: Yes. CareFor provides highly skilled, experienced Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Austin. Our caregivers receive ongoing training on how to provide the highest quality support to seniors, giving 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 expenses, shopping, using the phone, etc. ADLs and IADLs are assessed when determining which level of care is most appropriate for an older adult.
CareFor can help seniors with both ADLs and IADLs, resulting in safer, more comfortable, and more independent lives at home.
We know you most likely have some additional questions about in-home care, and we’re here to provide the information you need. Call us any time at (512) 338-4533 to learn more about our home care assistance in Austin, TX, and the nearby areas.