Reading through all of this information may be confusing; feel free to reach out to us directly at (818) 279-6580 to speak to an intake coordinator. Call us to get an explanation of the many types of care that are available, quotes and even assistance with learning about programs that help you pay for the care you need.
What is Non Medical Home Care
Non medical home care is a service that helps those in need by assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs) in order to continue living life from the comfort of his or her own home. Home care is a model that can include both professional and informal support networks such as family, neighbors, and friends. To remain independent, these individuals work together to meet your goals and expected outcomes.
Considering your options
When selecting a home care services company, you will have many questions. The first thing to understand is that home care services differ from facility-based options. Chances are if you’re researching senior care, you’ve heard a lot about senior housing options such as a nursing home, assisted living community, adult day care, retirement community, or continuing care retirement community. These elderly care options all have unique benefits, however, at home care is often the preferred choice for seniors who wish to age in place in their own home. Your financial, social, and health situation will often determine which environment you choose. Depending on your loved one’s needs, you may opt for him or her to receive non-medical in home care to provide them with services throughout the day when you’re unable to attend to their needs.
When families choose the in home option of aging they are often choosing to keep the family together. While making the decision to age at home is a great first step, there are many variations of home care and in home support services that you should know about. As you research your options, start by understanding the variety of home care options available in your community:
Home and Community Based Services: Some are free, some are paid by the government, non-profits, or other businesses depending on qualification and need. These programs vary in payer source but may be funded through states sources, religious groups. non-profit organizations or other sources.
Home Care Registry: Also known as the Consumer Directed Model or a Registry, this model of home care puts families and clients in control of their care. You receive services from professional caregivers, often Home Health Aides (HHA) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), who are in the profession of caregiving and have many years of experience. It is common for home care registries to refer caregivers who have 15-20 or more years of experience assisting with the non-medical needs of their clients. Using a registry usually costs a few hundred dollars for access to their caregivers & support programs, then pay to the caregiver usually ranges from $10-20 per hour.
Home Health Care Agency: A home health care agency is usually a medical variety of home care and provides mainly skilled care, physical therapy, and occupational therapy for home bound patients. Usually funded by Medicaid, this payment source will only pay for skilled care for a limited amount of time and the home health aides must follow a prescribed treatment of medical support as directed by a physician. Home health care may include home health care agencies, medical equipment suppliers, technology services, hospice, and therapeutic providers. Please keep in mind that if you opt for a non-medical in home care company that these services may not be covered under Medicaid.
Private Hire or Independent Providers: Usually this service involves the family sourcing, screening, and hiring a caregiver directly. This process can be risky as the recruiting time is very resource intensive and opens more possibilities that you could hire an unqualified aide. This service usually ranges from $10-20 per hour.
- In-Home Suportive Services (IHSS): The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, or disabled, or blind. Disabled children are also potentially eligible for IHSS. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. The types of services which can be authorized through IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired. This service is paid for through state funding.
Private Duty Agency: Private duty home care is just a sub-set of general home care. Caregivers can provide a broad range of services, from medical and nursing care to bill paying and transportation services. Their goal is to provide whatever the senior and their family needs in order for them to remain independent in their own homes. This service usually ranges from $15-30 per hour.
Regardless of the type of home care service you are researching, non-medical in home care is a key part in supporting the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, & meal preparation, that will enable you or a loved one to stay at home. Most home care offices support clients with personal care, homemaking, and companionship services to keep you safe, comfortable, and in control of your options.
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