Home Care

  • Dementia Wandering: Professional Caregivers and Memory Care Facilities Can Help

    Sixty percent of people with dementia will wander. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for recognizing when outside help is needed to keep a wandering senior safe.

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  • When Is It Time to Hire Help at Home?

    Many seniors wish to remain in their own homes, and family caregivers are often able to provide the support they need for a time. However, it is important to understand when hiring in-home care becomes necessary for an aging loved one—and for yourself.

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  • The Difference Between Home Health Care and Non-Medical Home Care Services

    “Home care” and “home health care” are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are very different in what they offer. Learn what senior care services each provides to determine the best fit for your needs.

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  • 30 Questions to Ask a Home Care Agency

    Use this list of questions to gather information about a home care agency’s services and gain a deeper understanding of a provider’s ability to meet your senior care needs.

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  • How to Choose a Home Care Agency

    Finding the best home care agency for your needs and budget doesn’t have to be complicated. Use this step-by-step guide to evaluate providers and make a confident care decision for your family.

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  • 5 Benefits of Home Care for Seniors

    If you have concerns about a senior’s ability to live independently or your growing responsibilities as their sole caregiver, consider both the tangible and intangible benefits of home care services.

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  • 5 Qualities to Look for in a Caregiver

    When looking for a caregiver, don’t focus solely on training and credentials. Including these five important attributes in your selection criteria will help ensure you hire a compassionate, experienced in-home care aide.

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  • Hiring an In-Home Caregiver to Act as the Family Lookout

    Specialized training enables in-home caregivers to notice and act on important changes in a senior’s health. Personal care aides, home health aides and nurses can serve as the eyes and ears for family who cannot personally provide full-time care.

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  • How to Pay for In-Home Care

    Learn how Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care insurance, and veteran’s programs can help pay for senior care at home.

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  • How to Determine a Senior Needs Help at Home

    Admitting the need for assistance is not easy for people as they age. So, how will you know when your aging parent needs help at home? One thing is certain: Mom and Dad aren’t likely to be the ones who tell you!

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  • In-Home Services That Help Seniors Continue to Live at Home

    Most older adults want to age in place, but this can be challenging as their abilities decline with age. Individual services like meal delivery or housekeeping and more comprehensive in-home care services can provide assistance for seniors living at home.

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  • Using a Reverse Mortgage Loan to Age in Place

    A reverse mortgage loan is one option that may deserve consideration as retirement needs grow and savings and Social Security benefits may not be enough to retire on comfortably and with confidence.

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  • Understanding the VA Home Care Program

    Did you know that home care services are part of the VA’s standard health care benefits package? Learn how veterans and their caregivers can access the homemaker and home health aide services they are entitled to.

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  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Defined

    Unlike basic activities of daily living (ADLs) that relate to personal care and are central to day-to-day function, IADLs are more complex tasks that are necessary for truly independent living.

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  • Does Medicare Pay for Home Health Care?

    Home health care services and skilled therapy are covered by Medicare, but patients must meet 4 specific criteria in order to be eligible.

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  • 6 Caregiver Tips for Convincing a Senior to Bathe

    A senior's refusal to bathe is a common source of frustration for countless caregivers. Experienced family caregivers share their best tips and suggestions for persuading an aging loved one to take a shower or bath.

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  • Comparing End-of-Life Care Options

    Hospice, palliative care, home-based care, hospital-based care and long-term care facilities are all viable end of life care options. Compare end of life care types, where they are provided, the benefits offered and how these services are paid for.

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  • Caregiving Decisions Can Be Heartbreaking

    Since my husband's hospitalization, the amount of care he requires has become overwhelming. Providing home care myself is no longer a viable option, and deciding what path to pursue next was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.

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  • In-Home Care Aides Ease Hospital-to-Home Transitions for Seniors

    Hiring in-home care ensures a smooth transition from hospital to home, reduces the risk of readmission, and provides invaluable support and peace of mind for family caregivers.

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  • 4 Caregiving Essentials

    Those who are caring for a loved one, including home health aides, registered nurses and social workers, witness some of the patient's most vulnerable moments. These are a few essential points professionals may see that could easily fly under the radar for family members, friends or even a routine checkup.

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