If you have started looking into senior care for yourself or a family member you may be overwhelmed with choices, especially the two big options of getting care at-home or going to a nursing facility. There are many reasons to choose in-home care, and one of the big ones is the cost. In Cincinnati, it cost around $267 per day in 2015 for a private room in a nursing home compared to the cost of about $126 per day for in-home care.
You also get the added benefit of being able to stay in your own home while you get the care that you need. This is one of the most important things for seniors 65 and older and it can make everyone involved more comfortable. But what can you expect from in-home care and what are all the options? Here we’ll take a look at some of the options in Cincinnati and see what people think about home health care.
There are over 30 different home care agencies in the Cincinnati area and they all have to be properly licensed under state and federal laws. There are generally two types of care available through these agencies, personal care such as meal prep, light housekeeping, and help moving around, and home health assistance that can handle services like medication reminders, bed sores, and other nursing services.
SeniorAdvisor.com allows users to review home care agencies, and we took a look at some of the reviews to see what people expected from in-home health care. Here are a few of their responses and needs:
Maintaining the house when the elderly can no longer do it and being in contact with the clients: A child of Comfort Keepers clients wrote, “It has been great so far. They do some of the cooking, and the care services have been great. They are very responsive to calls and keep in touch very well. Check it out!”
Taking care of specific medical conditions like diabetes: “She does some exercise with my mom. Mom had diabetes and get some sores sometimes. She helps clean sores and just helps her out generally. My mom loves her! It's been great,” said one daughter of a client with Visiting Angels Cincinnati West.
Peace of mind when you live too far away to care for your family members: One child wrote that, “I live hundreds of miles away from my 93-year-old mom and worry about her a lot. I have been so pleased with services from ComForCare. It is such a relief to know they are providing assistance to her and really care about her wellbeing.”
Another big service that many users appreciate was being able to find help at the last minute when they had to be away. Many agencies can help you out whenever you need it, so don’t be hesitant to call.
More than just providing last minute care, in-home care can be tailored to fit your schedule and your needs. You can have someone come every day, or you can have someone stop by for a few hours, once a week. No matter what you have to do, whether that’s a full-time job or errand, you can have a care provider there with your loved one.
In-home care is just one of many different options you can use when it comes to senior care. It’s flexible enough that you can use it in conjunction with other types of care like adult day care programs, and it is good to have as a backup in case of an emergency. Here are a few different ways you can use as part of your senior care plan:
Hire Your Own Caregiver: You don’t have to use an agency to find a caregiver and doing it on your own allows you to have all the control. You can handle the interview, background checks, payment, taxes, and insurance, if you want that choice. If a family member is providing care already, this is a good way to make sure they are paid for their work.
Both An Agency And Your Own Worker: Another way to cover all your bases is to use your own caregiver along with an agency. This way, if your regular person is sick or needs a vacation, you have another person to come in. This is a good choice for respite care too, if you’re the one who needs to take a little break.
Concierge Services: You might not need help providing care but you could use a hand around the house or with your errands. There are local concierge services that can take care of things like picking up groceries, dropping off dry cleaning, and walking your dog. You can check websites like Rover, Amazon Prime Now, and TaskRabbit to find whatever kind of help you need.
You want to choose a good business no matter what but especially when it comes to having strangers in your home. The Ohio Better Business Bureau is a good tool to use as well as asking friends and neighbors for suggestions.
If you’re able to pay for care privately, you can use a few different options. Long-term care insurance is one way to cover your costs as long as it’s in your policy and you bought the policy before you needed care. You can look into reverse mortgages, but keep in mind this option has some risk and you will need to talk with an HUD-certified agent before you go ahead with that loan.
Medicare is also an option for coverage if you’re under a doctor’s care, and that doctor is willing to say you’re homebound and need care such therapy or other skilled nursing. Low-income seniors who can’t get the Medicare reimbursement can apply for Medicaid, which might be able to cover some of your costs. Cincinnati Area Senior Services can also be another option, if you need help with things like meal delivery or transportation around town.
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