If you are considering in-home care for your loved one, Milwaukee offers dozens of in-home care service agencies that can provide full-time, part-time, or respite care when you need it most. The average cost for a home health aide in the city is $184 per day, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Wisconsin. Can you really gain peace of mind with an aide caring for your loved one? Milwaukee residents believe you can.
You can get a good idea of the type of services provided, treatment given, and ease of process by reading online reviews. The following are a few written by family members of clients in Milwaukee and the surrounding area, which are posted on SeniorAdvisor.com:
Regarding a professional manner: “The HomeCare Assistance agency has been very friendly. They are very accommodating and responsible.” (Home Care Assistance)
Regarding reliability and the billing process: “They have done a very good job. They are very considerate, and they are reliable. They try to give us the same few caregivers on a consistent basis, and worked with us to find caregivers that were a good fit. We haven't had any issues with the billing process and everything is working out well.” (Home Care Assistance)
Regarding cost: “Full service care giving organization. Large staff. Ideal if part or full time caregiving is required. Prices are reasonable.” (Visiting Angels)
Regarding creating a special bond between the caregiver and the client: “Synergy Home Care has done a great job with my Dad! He really loves the caregiver and enjoys her cooking as well.” (Synergy Home Care of Milwaukee County)
In-home health aides provide more than just medication management and assistance with activities for daily living (ADLs). Aides can run errands, take care of light housekeeping and chores, do laundry, and prepare meals. Having an aide can free up your time to work outside the home or run personal errands. You can hire an aide for full-time, part-time, or last minute respite care.
To provide the best senior care for your loved one, you will want to keep an arsenal of contact information for home health care resources. Knowing you have highly trained professionals at your fingertips in an emergency makes caregiving a little less stressful.
A private caregiver – You don’t have to use an in-home care agency if you prefer to hire a caregiver of your choosing. You can pay out-of-pocket for a family member and friend to assist you in caring for your loved one. Some insurance programs will cover in-home care provided by a family member.
Respite care through an agency – You can tap an agency for respite care without having to commit to a part-time or full-time schedule. This type of care is a blessing in an emergency, such as if your caregiver is ill.
Senior concierge service – A concierge service can run errands when you are stretched too thin with other commitments. They can grocery shop, prepare meals, organize your home, and take your loved one to appointments.
Before hiring an agency, private caregiver, or a concierge service, ask for recommendations from friends, family members, and neighbors. You can find reviews online and ratings with the Better Business Bureau.
Consult with an elder-law attorney or financial advisor to find ways to pay for in-home care and learn about the details of each option. You can use accounts such as checking, savings, IRAs, and retirement to pay for care. Senior homeowners also have the option of a reverse mortgage to cover the cost of in-home care.
If your loved one is a veteran or the surviving spouse, they may be eligible for the VA Aid and Attendance Pension. This benefit covers the cost of in-home care for vets that served during war time.
Medicare will not cover in-home care unless it falls under skilled nursing care or your loved one requires occupational, physical, or speech therapy. Your loved one must also be under the care of a physician and homebound.
The Wisconsin Medicaid Program offers the ForwardHealth Medicaid plan for low income seniors, age 65 and older, needing to stay in their homes for as long as possible. The plan uses community waivers to determine if you are eligible. Contact your local Medicaid office in Milwaukee to see if your loved one qualifies.
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