The reasons why people choose in-home care are as different as the seniors in Newark who need the care to get through the day.
Of course, the great expense of assisted living or nursing facility care is a big motivator. The average cost of in-home care in the Newark, New Jersey area was about $4000 per month in 2016, compared to almost $5000 per month for assisted living and $10,000 per month for a private room in a nursing home.
Receiving care in the home will help keep Newark seniors living in the familiar surroundings they’ve grown accustomed to which is an important factor for many seniors.
But, what is in-home care like? Keep reading to learn about the home care situation in the Newark area; what care is available, what seniors using in-home care feel, and how to find the best in-home care option for you and your family.
There is a wide selection of in-home care agencies throughout Newark and Northern New Jersey.
Newark, New Jersey in-home care services can be divided into 2 types: homemaker services - which can sometimes be called personal care services, and home health assistance which involves a trained home health aide.
The majority of in-home care agencies will offer both types of service. New Jersey State law mandates that each company is certified and listed by the Department of Aging and Disability Services Home and Community Support Services Agencies program.
Let’s take a look at what families can expect from in-home care and what they get from agencies in Newark. I’ve gone into the reviews left on SeniorAdvisor.com left by current and former clients and their families.
Reviewers posting on SeniorAdvisor.com were concerned with:
The easiest possible transitions during staffing changes. Regardless if it’s due to not being the right fit or anything else. “The last service laid off my aide and Royal Homecare Management was able to hire her into their agency for an easy way to keep my preferred carer,” wrote a Royal Homecare customer.
Helping to care for the senior’s pets. “Lucy helped my mother and cared for her cat,” wrote the son of a Loving Care Agency Newark senior client.
Helping seniors and their family caregivers deal with the awkwardness that can mark the beginning of a relationship with an outside caregiver.
Something else hugely important for many SeniorAdvisor.com reviewers was the availability of an aide on short notice. Many services pride themselves on being able to send help to your home within hours of a request.
Even more important than short notice care, Newark, New Jersey in-home care agencies will design a schedule to cover your care when you need it.
You might need the help of respite care if you become sick, have to go on vacation, or just need to take personal time. A part-time caregiver that comes in for a few hours each week to make sure your family member has the help he or she needs with eating, taking medications, or bathing. Or a full-time (or even a live-in) in-home aide will ease the stress on family carers who need to work, care for someone else or who just can’t provide care for any other reasons.
Just like you need a variety of tools to keep your car maintained, it’s smart to assemble a range of in-home care tools to maintain your lifestyle. Doing this means you’ll always have the care you need ready when it’s necessary. It’s one of the best ways to relieve any worries about keeping abreast of your care needs.
Let’s look at a few options you can consider:
Cutting out the middle-man is a money-saving alternative to hiring an agency.
By hiring someone directly, you’ll be able to pay a relative who is available the going rate for the care they provide for you. Hiring directly will also give you complete control of hiring and managing the care schedule from beginning to end. Some negatives include:
You need to devote a lot of time finding someone by interviewing, checking references, and performing background checks of potential in-home carers.
When you’re the employer, you’ll also have to worry about insurance, salaries and the related tax issues.
Try a mix of agency care and direct hires. This option offers you the best of both options for Newark seniors who prefer to pay a family member but also understand that they don’t have enough time to give full-time care and get enough rest to stay healthy.
Online shopping and concierge services are a way to get shopping, errands, and even get routine chores done.
Try services like TaskRabbit that gets the groceries you need to be delivered to your home. Rover can handle walking your dog. Take advantage of Amazon Prime Now to get cheap delivery on a myriad of items in an hour, including:
The key to making this method work is to research thoroughly before using any service. Ask friends and family for recommendations, and make sure there are good online reviews from customers and equally good ratings on the Better Business Bureau website.
In-home care can be covered by Medicaid under certain circumstances. Eligible seniors are under a doctor’s care and are certified that they’re homebound and:
Require occupational therapy
Skilled nursing care
The agency must be Medicare-certified
Newark seniors can use long-term care insurance to pay for care. A reverse mortgage is another way to pay for help.
Low-income seniors in need of care that don’t meet Medicare’s reimbursement criteria may be eligible for help from the VA Aid & Attendance pension for wartime veterans and their widows if they qualify.
Also, Newark seniors shouldn’t overlook handy services like the Meals on Wheels program which is another way to ensure you get all the help you need. The program offers meal delivery for low-income, homebound Newark, and New Jersey seniors (and their pets)
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