Home Care

  • 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 services each provides to determine which is the best fit for your needs.

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  • Interview Questions to Ask a Home Care Company

    Use this list of questions to gather basic information about an in-home care agency's services and gain a deeper understanding of its dedication to quality senior care.

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  • How to Select an In-Home Care Agency

    Use these guidelines to compare and evaluate potential in-home care providers and make a confident care decision when hiring someone to help care for your aging loved one.

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  • 5 Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Elderly Parent

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

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  • Hiring Home Care: 5 Qualities to Look for in a Good Caregiver

    The characteristics of a good in-home caregiver include more than skills alone. Include these 5 important attributes in your search to find 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 which financial options pay for care at home. Explore using Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care insurance, or veteran’s programs to pay for home health aides and personal in-home care.

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  • How to Determine an Aging Parent Needs Help at Home

    Look for these common warning signs to determine if your elderly parent needs help at home.

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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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  • Veterans Can Receive VA-Covered In-Home Care

    Home care services are part of the VA’s standard healthcare benefits package. Learn how veterans and their caregivers can obtain the homemaker and home health aide services they are entitled to.

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  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Defined

    There are 8 instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) that are used to assess a senior’s ability to be self-sufficient and determine what supportive services they need to continue living independently.

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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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  • 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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  • Short-Term Home Care vs. Long-Term Home Care

    Whether a senior requires temporary help at home following discharge or requires permanent support to avoid placement in a long-term care facility, in-home care services can be customized to meet their unique needs.

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  • 5 Questions to Determine the Impact of Caregiving

    Many of us dive into caregiving with full hearts and little forethought. Doing some honest soul searching can help you sort out your priorities, set goals for your loved one’s care and establish your own boundaries.

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