Home Care Articles

  • 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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  • How to Select a Home Care Company

    So, you've decided to hire someone to help you care for your loved one. The home care industry is competitive, which is good for consumers, but it can still be difficult to navigate. Use these guidelines to compare and evaluate potential providers and make a confident decision.

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  • Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Older Adult

    Professional caregivers provide seniors with physical assistance, as well as help with the emotional and routine aspects of daily life. In-home care provides invaluable mental and physical benefits for caregivers and seniors alike.

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

    The first step in hiring in-home care is to research, consult with, and select a reputable home care company. When it's time to screen professional caregivers, include these 5 important attributes in your search for the right match.

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  • Professional Caregivers Function As Your Family Lookout

    Specialized training enables professional caregivers to notice and act on important changes in an aging loved one’s health and well being. Professional caregivers 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

    Use this guide to explore all your options, such as insurance coverage, benefits and out-of-pocket sources, that can be used to pay for home care.

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  • Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home

    Your aging parents think they can still take care of themselves, but, if you’re noticing any of these red flags, it is time to consider hiring in-home care.

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  • In-Home Services That Can Help Seniors Continue to Live Independently

    Most seniors wish to continue living in their own homes, but this can be challenging as abilities wane with age. Individual services like meal delivery and more comprehensive in-home care can enable a loved one to age in place safely.

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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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  • Adding a Geriatric Care Manager to your Elder Care Team

    Geriatric care managers are an elder care resource that many caregivers may not even be aware of. Learn how your family could benefit from adding a GCM to your care team and how to find one who is a good match for your senior care needs.

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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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  • Professional Caregivers Ease Hospital-to-Home Transitions

    Hiring a professional caregiver to help ensure a loved one’s smooth transition from hospital to home reduces the risk of readmission and provides 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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  • VA Aid & Attendance Pension Helps Veterans Cover the Costs of Long-Term Care

    A tax-free monetary benefit from the VA can help low-income veterans who require the aid and attendance of another person pay for care services in their own homes and in residential settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

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  • What to Do When a Senior Refuses to Bathe and Change Their Clothes

    There are many reasons why a senior’s bathing habits and personal hygiene may decline as they age. Be proactive about finding the root of poor hygiene and remember that compromise is key to the solution.

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  • When Home Care Isn’t Enough: Evaluating Senior Living Options

    As a senior’s care needs change over time, so will their housing options. Understand the differences between independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes when deciding a senior's future housing plan.

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  • When Is it Time to Hire In-Home Care?

    Family members are often responsible for providing seniors with supportive care, but the ability to recognize when it is time to hire outside help is beneficial for everyone involved.

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  • Interview Questions to Ask a Home Care Company

    Do you know what to look for AND avoid in a home care company? Use this list of questions to gather basic information about a company’s services and gain a deeper understanding of its dedication to quality care and customer service to ensure you choose the provider that best fits your needs.

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  • Overtime Pay: The Rules for Independent Caregivers

    If a family chooses to hire a private caregiver instead of one through an agency, there are some important compensation rules that need to be taken into consideration.

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  • Gayle & Jim: One Couple's Experience Hiring In-Home Care

    Gayle has been caring for her husband Jim for many years, but when his condition declined and she began experiencing symptoms of burnout, Gayle decided that it was time to hire in-home care.

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