6 Questions That Will Help Clear Up The Decision
How do you as a healthcare provider give your patient the best advice on what to do after a hospital stay, dramatic change in physical condition due to chronic illness, or progression of dementia?
Thinking about making a referral to a private duty homecare agency to provide a caregiver at home for your patient? Here is a quick and easy questionnaire to help guide you with that decision.
1. True or False? – In Home Personal Care helps with activities of daily living.
Caregivers from state licensed agencies will provide all of theses services below and more.
- Bathing Assistance
- Dressing Assistance
- Fall Prevention
- Incontinence Care
- Light Housekeeping
- Medication reminders
- Errands and transportation
- Escort to social events and worship services
- Doctor’s appointments
In home personal care is of great benefit for those older adults that choose to remain in their homes but have difficulty with ordinary activities of daily living. Seniors residing in independent living or assisted living communities also need assistance after a hospital stay or extended illness.
2. Private Duty Homecare (personal care) is the same as Home Health Care or Hospice.
Caregivers from private duty agencies provide non-medical assistance to clients. Whereas Home Health Care or Hospice will provide care for 1 hour 3 – 4 times a week, personal caregivers can provide anywhere between 2 hours and 24 hours of care as needed.
3. True or False? In Home Personal Care is covered by Medicare.
Unfortunately, Medicare does not have a provision for In Home Personal Care. This type of care is usually an out of pocket expense.
There are only two ways home caregiver reimbursement is covered.
- Long Term Care Insurance – policy written by certain insurance companies to help assist with activities of daily living or memory loss.
- Veteran’s Aid and Attendance – a benefit for in home care for those that have served in the armed forces during war time. Certain other requirements also have to be met.
4. True or False? In Home Personal Care is Affordable.
As compared to other alternatives, in home personal care can be the most affordable choice.
Consider these points:
- Most senior’s homes are already paid for so, the cost is nominal to remain in their home as compared to paying for rent somewhere else.
- Care can be adapted to almost any budget. Homecare agencies can provide caregivers for as little as a few hours a week to 24/7 care.
- Live-in caregivers are the most economical for those requiring more than 10 hours of care per day.
5. True or False? In home caregivers hired through a reputable agency can be trusted.
Caregiver’s hired by a state licensed personal care company go through criminal background checks, and their work histories are checked by references. Agencies are also required have drug testing policies and training on elder abuse.
6. True of False? Caregivers are basically sitters.
Caregivers hired through a reputable agency typically have all or some of the following credentials:
1. Several years of experience working with elderly clients.
2. CNA certification – Certified Nursing Assistant – specific training to assist with seniors.
3. Alzheimer’s training – provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.
4. Ongoing skills training by a state licensed personal care agency.
Recommending in-home care is beneficial for patients who have no one at home or no relatives nearby. Spouses that need extra care taking care of their loved one also find the extra help indispensable. These patients, including those recovering from a medical procedure, are in dire need of care and assistance and require someone to help them with previously easy tasks.
Many times healthcare providers do not refer to Private Duty Homecare agencies because of misconceptions about the services offered, cost, or reimbursement. Because of that, many patients that need care are not being adequately cared for. The best practice is to provide them with the information about in home personal care and let them make the choice.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring home care in Dallas, please contact the caring staff at Custom Caregivers today. Call us at (972) 702-7988.
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