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10 Most Common Questions about Senior In Home Care

Posted On: August, 10, 2018

Due to the nature of in home care for seniors, there may not be a single “right answer” to your every question.

The responses below are the most common scenarios to our most frequently asked questions.

For more specific information regarding the type of in home care California provides through Pacific Angels Home Care, please give us a call at (831) 612-6435.

1. What kind of in home elderly care is provided?

In home elderly care is designed to provide individualized support and care to each individual we serve.

Our highly trained aids provide personalized care plans that support the individual’s mental, physical, and social needs.

Services vary depending on what the client specifically requests but typically include caring companionship, meal planning and prep, light housekeeping, transportation to appointments and engagements, range of motion assistance, and more.

In home care is also designed to meet the specific needs of individuals who are dealing with specific limitations, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, limited range of motion, and more.

2. How much does in home care for the elderly cost?

Cost is always a consideration when an individual or family is seeking care for a loved one.

While the cost differs depending on the individual and his or her specific needs and the amount of daily hours, the average cost of in home care for seniors is typically between $22 and $35 an hour.

It is important to remember, however, that some of this cost may be covered by long term insurance, depending on the coverage the individual has.

Likewise, some services may be covered by Veterans benefits if applicable or by non profit organizations.

Understanding the many sources available to help cover the cost of care services can make in home care in California more affordable.

Working with a specialist to help you understand the costs and available coverage options can help you secure the best care for your loved one.

Tax Deductible Home Care

3. Can senior in home care be tax deductible?

Tax rules are complex and can be confusing. Regardless, in home care services may be considered tax deductible.

Deductible expenses may include care for an individual with memory loss, assistance with daily tasks, daily therapy sessions, etc. depending on what the individual’s current state of health – physical and mental – dictates.

Consulting a tax attorney or accountant or the free services available to seniors through AARP’s Tax-Aide Program may help you better understand what services are tax deductible.

4. When should I consider in home care?

In home senior care is designed to help the individual live as independently as possible without requiring him or her to give up the familiarity and comfort of home.

Securing this type of care can be particularly beneficial if an individual has received a new health care diagnosis or recently undergone illness, hospitalization, or surgery.

In home care facilitates independence in a familiar setting, taking some of the burden of care off of loved ones and family members.

Factors that may contribute to an individual’s need or desire for in home care include:

  • Aid needed for mobility
  • Incontinence
  • Noticeable cognitive issues
  • Recent or upcoming surgery
  • Regular falls or accidents
  • Medication changes
  • Frequent emergency or medical visits
  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s symptoms / diagnosis
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anxiety or mental health challenges
  • Open or slow healing wounds
  • Multiple diseases or recent diagnosis
  • Oxygen treatment
  • Neurological disease
  • Physical mobility limitations

5. What is hospice in home care?

Hospice care is designed to provide support and comfort for a patient who has been given a prognosis of six months or less if the disease progresses as expected.

Also known as comfort care, hospice is overseen by a physician and typically provided through a Medicare-certified organization.

Individuals receiving care are assigned an interdisciplinary team that includes a physician, nurse, aide, social worker, chaplain, volunteer, and bereavement specialist, who typically come to the patient’s home – wherever that may be.

Rather than treating or curing the patient’s illness or disease, care serves to keep the individual comfortable through the final stages of his or her sickness.

Nursing Home / Assisted Living Facility

6. What is the difference between in home care and assisted living?

Many individuals and families struggle with determining what type of care is best for their loved ones. Understanding the differences between the most common types of care can help, though.

In home care allows the individual to remain in the comfort of his or her own home and receive medical care and living assistance in an environment that is familiar and comfortable.

 Assisted living is a type of care delivered in a care facility that assists seniors with daily tasks.

The facility may or may not provide medical assistance but does offer the benefit of a community in which routines and social interaction can be more easily maintained.

At its core, assisted living is designed to foster the independence of elderly individuals while still maintaining a level of support that is safe for them.

7. Where is in home care provided?

In home senior care is not limited to a private residence.

These services can be delivered in whatever location is considered “home” – be it a private residence, assisted living community, or friend or family member’s home.

8. Who provides in home care to the individual?

Our home health aides (HHAs) provide caring companionship and personal home care to all of our clients.

These individuals have been trained in best practices to offer the highest level of care and support to each individual we serve.

Lending a Helping Hand for Seniors

9. How long will my loved one receive care?

There is no set timeframe for in home care for seniors.

Services are strictly determined based on the individual’s needs and may last for a few weeks to several months or even years.

In home care is requested typically  by the family in conjunction with the elderly individual.

Likewise specific care requests are based on the family’s requests and individual’s needs.

10. How does in home care foster independence?

In home care permits the individual to remain in his or her natural environment while receiving care.

This arrangement has a number of benefits for the individual including helping him or her to remain more at ease and comfortable.

In fact, many families find that in home care reduces trauma and confusion that may be associated with other types of care.

Keep your loved ones out of hospitals and nursing homes

In home care has also been proven to prevent emergency visits to the Emergency Room and hospital stays due to falls and bone fractures, illness, lack of nutrition and hydration, and poor skin care.

Compared to alternative types of care, in home care is often more comprehensive and effective for elderly individuals.

This type of care keeps the clients happier, and is easier to manage family visits while they are still able to enjoy the homes they know and are familiar with.

If you are ready to consider this type of care for you or your loved one in Aptos, Santa Cruz, Soquel, or the surrounding California areas, contact Pacific Angels Home Care today.