It’s normal to be concerned when a Loved One shows signs of Alzheimer’s.
As much as you might want to provide the assistance and care that this cherished family member needs on your own, you may not be able to do so. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s might require more time and physical capability than you can offer to your Loved One. Regardless of how much time and effort you can provide, you could find yourself in a role that is both challenging and unfamiliar.
As you begin to realize that you can’t provide all the necessary assistance on your own, your thoughts will most likely turn to how you can obtain third-party assistance.
Now you might begin asking yourself these types of questions:
- What type of assistance should I be looking for?
- Will we need a Part-Time Caregiver or a Full-Time Caregiver?
- Is a Nursing Home our only option if my Loved One requires Full-Time care?
A Nursing Home does not need to be your first or only option when you are searching for the best care for your Loved One with Alzheimer’s. You have the option of enabling your Loved One to stay comfortable and cared for at home!
Part-Time or Full-Time In-Home Care
Part-Time In-home care is typically a preferred option when your Loved One is sufficiently independent and can manage most of his or her own essential daily routines. Assistance needed might be limited to the areas of budgeting, shopping, housekeeping or organization. They might also need assistance with dressing, bathing or other personal needs. If 24-hour supervision and assistance has not been requested or recommended by a physician, Part-Time In-Home care can enable your Loved One to remain at home in familiar surroundings.
Full-Time In-Home assistance usually requires a live-in arrangement, but in a shared home it may be possible to divide the care time between a member of the household and a third-party Caregiver. This type of arrangement enables household-member Caregivers to run errands, shop for groceries or be at work while remaining assured that their Loved One has all the at-home assistance required.
Finding In-Home CareAn In-Home Caregiver does not need to be a spouse, family member or friend. An agency such as At-Home Quality Care can provide a personal care attendant or a certified nurses’ aid who has been rigorously trained and screened to provide the skilled assistance your Loved One deserves.
Some families prefer hiring Caregivers independently and turn to a registry to find an available local care provider. In this case, the family acts as an employer and is responsible for taxes, insurance, government filings and workers’ compensation. The relevant employment laws should be consulted before contracting a Caregiver found through a registry.
A variety of resources can be used to cover the costs of in-home care. In addition to long-term care insurance, VA benefits and reverse mortgages, cost coverage can also come from Medicaid or Medicare. Medicaid could pay up to 100 percent of the costs if the eligibility criteria for finances and physical needs are met. Financial eligibility is based on a combination of personal assets and income.
Medicare can provide reimbursements for skilled home health care services for patients age 65 and older. In order to be approved for assistance, a physician is required to document the need for skilled home care.
Learn More About the In-Home Options
At-Home Quality Care can assist you and your family by assessing your Loved One’s needs, developing a comprehensive Alzheimer’s care plan and guiding you through the various options for financial coverage. Our goal is for your Loved One to remain safe, well cared for and comfortable in his or her own home.
Call us at: (844) 275-9844.