Home Care for Dementia
Ways to Keep Your Loved One Safe at Home
A lot of times families think signs of dementia mean their loved one’s only option is to be in an assisted living facility. While this can be helpful for some circumstances, it is not the only option for your family.
Home care can be a great, flexible option to help your loved one stay in an environment they are familiar with, while being properly cared for by a professional. Home care options come in a variety of ways and levels of service. If you need help determining the level of care for your loved one, you can always talk to their doctor about what they recommend. In fact, many insurance plans require a doctor’s approval for home care or extended stays at a facility.
Types of Home Care
Home care services can range from companion and personal care services to skilled medical care. Home aides that assist with personal care help with things like bathing, dressing, meals or other personal needs. There are also aides that can assist with housekeeping, shopping, or accompanying someone to doctor appointments.
Skilled medical care is when a nurse or other medical personnel visits for services like wound care, physical therapy or injections. You can read more about which professionals can offer services in this article.
The type of care someone with dementia needs varies vasty from person to person. Our experience has helped us not only give the safest, most personalized care to each individual, our team is also trained to know if the current level of care needs adjusting. We always work closely with family members, updating and informing everyone involved for the best possible plan of care.
Home Care Costs
Covering home care costs can be a stressful step for families, something we strive to make easier. There are multiple options for coverage, and your loved one may already have a plan in place you don’t realize.
One of the options for home care is through Medicaid. This option offers long-term care plans that cover home health aides according to a doctor’s recommendation. Medicaid also covers the program known as CDPAP. The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program allows older individuals to hire and direct their own care, meaning they can choose a friend or family member to be their paid caregiver.
Private pay options are another way to go, and can sometimes give more flexibility than Medicaid. Private pay can be insurance options that someone added to their traditional health insurance, or a plan that was purchased separately. There is also the option to pay out of pocket using a payment plan.
If you are uncertain which type of insurance or payment plan is best, or what coverage would be under a specific type of insurance, contact us with any questions. No matter what the cost or payment method, support from our team is always the same. At every aspect we pride ourselves in quality, caring support with your loved one’s best interests and health in mind.