“Dear Homecare Company,
My 82-year-old mother was recently hospitalized after a fall in her home. She fractured her right hip and spent a week in the hospital. She is now ready to be released and her doctor has recommended she receive assistance in the home.
My siblings and I can help care for mom somewhat, but we all work or live far away, therefore daytime is when we need help the most. She would like to stay in her home so we’re thinking of hiring help to care for her.
Since she is recovering from a hip fracture, she is not mobile and needs help with day-to-day tasks. I worry about her being able to get around and feed herself while we are gone.
We are new to homecare, so we have lots of questions. How do I know we can trust the person caring for her?
And the cost is of major concern to us. Does my insurance cover this? Medicare?
Any help leading me in the right direction would be appreciated!
We are so sorry to hear about your mother. Finding care for an aging parent can be a daunting and overwhelming task. But you have many good questions regarding care for her and have come to the right place for help!
First, if your mother currently lives in her own home, keeping her there will allow her to remain comfortable, safe, and she won’t have to deal with the difficult task of moving. And, the cost of having a caregiver come into her home is often much cheaper than moving into an assisted living facility, even if for short term.
Secondly, in-home caregivers can assist with all types of daily living activities, including meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, personal care (showering, toileting, dressing, etc.) and transportation, like to doctor appointments or grocery shopping.
In-home care agencies understand the importance of making mom and your family feel secure when bringing a caregiver into her home. Homecare companies follow all the state-required background checks, fingerprinting and drug testing for each caregiver.
Lastly, finances are always a contributing factor when looking for homecare. Medicare and Medicaid does not cover non-medical, in-home care services. Most agencies are private pay or accept long-term care insurance.
We hope this helps you find the right fit for mom.
Sincerely, Homecare Company”
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