Home Health Care

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing Care and a Nursing Home?

    The terms skilled nursing facility (SNF) and nursing home are used interchangeably to describe residential long-term care settings for seniors. Skilled nursing care, as a service, can be provided by a home health aide in a senior's home.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stroke Recovery: Getting Back on Track

    Stroke recovery can be especially daunting for family caregivers and can cause high levels of emotional and physical stress for both the stroke survivor and their caregiver. Use these expert care tips during the recovery and rehabilitation process.

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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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  • 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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  • Veterans Benefits for Alzheimer's and Dementia Care

    Veterans and their spouses with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia may be eligible to receive certain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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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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  • Coping With Seniors Who Won’t Accept In-Home Caregivers

    Families hire home care services to provide respite and quality care for seniors. But what is a family caregiver to do when their loved one refuses to cooperate with their new in-home care aide?

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  • Senior Rehabilitation Settings and Levels of Care Explained

    Understanding the differences between inpatient senior rehabilitation and outpatient rehab services will help you avoid headaches when trying to find the best rehabilitation center for an elderly loved one.

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  • Learning to Ask for Help When Dementia Care Becomes Too Much

    I had trouble learning how to ask for help when Charlie's dementia care became too much for me to handle.

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