There is an extensive list of reasons to choose in-home care, and depending on what you need, you can find just as many services available in your area. Most seniors like in-home care because it allows them to stay in their home longer surrounded by the people and things they love. It also is one of the cheaper options for long-term care. In-home services in Kansas City average between $132 and $138 per day while nursing homes can average between $173 and $213 per day.
Yet, what else does in-home care have to offer you? This guide will help you learn more about your options, find ways to cover costs and make it easy to find the right care for you.
Kansas City has quite a few in-home care agencies that you can use, but most services fall into two categories, home health aides, and homemakers. Homemakers, sometimes called companions, focus on helping you with daily chores and errands. They can clean your house, make your meals, take you to appointments, or run your errands. Home health aides focus on taking care of your medical and health needs. They can check your vital signs, take care of wounds, help you get in and out of bed, monitor existing health conditions, and remind you to take care of your medicine.
SeniorAdvisor.com allows clients and family members to leave reviews of providers in the area. We looked at some of those reviews to help you get a better sense of what seniors want and expect from their caregivers.
Nearby caregivers. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a caregiver in your area, but agencies do all the searching for you and send the closest most qualified caregiver to assist you. A customer of Visiting Angels LLC wrote, “Visiting Angels was able to provide caregivers that live nearby so they have proven to be dependable and reliable. They are experienced caregivers that are able to handle high-stress situations. They are also accommodating if caregivers need to be changed.”
Quick response time in emergencies. There are instances when you need care fast, and agencies can often help those needs by sending a caregiver even at the last minute. One family member wrote about Dynamic Unity Home Care, “I had a family emergency and needed someone to stay with my mother while I flew to KC (1 day). It worked out great. Mom was fed and had a companion until I arrived. Reasonably priced and given feedback as I traveled.”
Making the transition into home care simple. If you’ve never had an in-home care before, it can be overwhelming which is why it’s important that the agency you choose goes over everything with you. Right at Home does this process and clients and their family members appreciate that. “They made the entire process very simple and getting everything started and moving was easy. They offer a variety of payment and billing options so it makes it convenient. Their check-in procedures are really great, the caregiver has to call their automated check-in system from the resident’s phone and also has to use the resident’s phone to check out.”
In-home care is on your terms, meaning you have total control over when you need care. Some seniors don’t need full-time help and you can hire a caregiver for a few times a week if that’s the case. Perhaps you already have full-time help, but they need a break or have an appointment. You can use a care provider for respite care. You can even find caregivers that will stay with you 24/7 if that is what you need. You also don’t have to worry about emergency situations because many agencies can take care of last minute needs. If you’re about to be without a caregiver for any reason, call your provider to see if they can help.
Just like there are different types of care, there are different ways to get care. Think of all these resources as your senior care toolbox and you always want to have a full toolbox in case of an emergency. Here are a few ways you can ensure you always have assistance.
Some seniors want total control over their care and hire their caregiver themselves. Using an agency is popular but it isn’t the only way to find in-home care. Family members often provide assistance, and this is a way you can pay them for their services. Make sure that you not only take care of the hiring process but handle payments and any insurance or taxes that might be involved.
Blend agency care and your personal caregiver for the best of both worlds. You can have a family member take care of you full-time but use an agency when they need to take a break or have an emergency. With this option, you will never be without care and your caregivers will be able to rest and recharge to avoid caregiver burnout.
Concierge services and online shopping are a few more tools to add to your tool box. Use TaskRabbit to find locals to help you with grocery shopping, taking your car to get an oil change, or help you put together new furniture. Use Rover to find locals that fit your price range to walk your dog or watch your pets while you’re away. Amazon Prime Now can often deliver items you need or forgot on the same day that you order them.
Research is crucial for in-home care services because you want trustworthy people in your home. Friends and family members might have some suggestions but also look up businesses on the Better Business Bureau of Greater Kansas City to check their ratings.
Medicare has some strict rules if you want to use it to cover your care. Your doctor must state that you’re homebound, you need therapy, and possibly skilled nursing care. You will only be able to use Medicare approved agencies if you go this route.
You might have a long-term care policy and if you do, check for in-home care coverage. You can also meet with a HUD-certified counselor to see if a reverse mortgage is a good option for freeing up some funds.
Medicaid can help low-income seniors while VA bills can assist veterans and widows of veterans. You can also call KC-Connect Senior Information. This service is free and can help you locate discounted or free senior services in your area.
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