FAMILY CAREGIVING

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Being a family caregiver...Every situation is different...

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WHAT IS HOMECARE?
 

 

Home care allows your loved ones to receive personalized care that helps them maintain their quality of life in the privacy and comfort of their home. Home care can help people more quickly recover from an illness and more easily receive help with their daily living needs. 

 

Many serious or life-threatening medical conditions and illnesses can now be safely treated or managed in the home. If your loved one has a medical condition or illness, consider including a trained professional caregiver as part of your caregiving plan, at least for the short term and based upon their physician’s prescribed treatment plan.

 

Family caregivers supplement professional care by managing and supporting their loved one’s assisted daily living needs. A designated lead family caregiver typically provides oversight to ensure that medical issues are addressed, that the loved one’s home is secure and that the entire family is following the same plan of care.​

 
TOP FAMILY CAREGIVING CONCERNS
 

Illnesses / Medical Condition

  • Alzheimer's or Dementia

  • Arthritis

  • Brain injury

  • Cancer

  • Diabetes

  • Hearing impairment

  • Cardiac heart problems

  • HIV or AIDS

  • Mobility

  • Muscular

  • Parkinson’s

  • Psychological illness

  • Pulmonary lung disease

  • Stroke

  • Vision impairment

Assisted Daily Living Needs

  • Ambulatory / Exercise

  • Bathing

  • Companionship

  • Dressing / Grooming

  • Escort to appointments

  • Grocery shopping

  • Ears / Eyesight / Senses

  • Hydration

  • Housekeeping

  • Laundry

  • Meal preparation

  • Medication reminder

  • Nutrition

  • Reading / Writing

  • Telephone

  • Using the bathroom

Family Caregiving Issues

  • Secure home

  • Monitoring systems

  • Tripping / falling

  • Transportation

  • Clinical / Blood pressure

  • Family conflict

  • Relationships

  • Stress

  • Resources

  • Financial

  • Support

  • Transitioning

HOME CARE OPTIONS

A variety of organizations, agencies, companies and individuals provide home and/or hospice care. Choosing the service that is right for your family requires research. The following are options that a family might consider for quality homecare services.

The Essential Family Caregiver Toolkit™ 

We've created a comprehensive roadmap to help you develop, implement and manage the right plan of care for your loved ones.​

 
 

Intro explaining the different types of care and situations. Below outlines the most common types of homecare providers.

TYPES OF CARE
Home Health Care & Hopspice Agencies

More than 12 million individuals receive care from over 33,000 providers in the U.S. that are Medicare and Medicaid certified (which means they have met federal and state requirements). These include many home health care and hospice agencies. Some home care providers offer a wide range of services, including doctor care, while others offer specialized services, such as basic nursing care. Most home health care agencies assemble a care team for the patient based on his or her needs. Because home health agencies are responsible for their personnel, they assume liability for all care.

Home Care Aide Agencies

Home care aide agencies support patients’ assisted daily living needs in their home. Services may include cooking meals, bathing and dressing the patient, cleaning the house and providing companionship. Home care aides provide support from several hours a day to 24-hour care. They are supervised by qualified managers who track the patient’s care. Each state has their own licensing and certification requirements. While home health care agencies provide medical/clinical services, home care aide agencies do not.

Staffing Registries & Private Duty Agencies

Staffing registries, or private duty agencies, are employment agencies for home health care workers. Workers are matched up with patients depending on need, such as nursing, homemaker, home care aide, or companionship. Usually, the agency receives a “finder’s fee” for placing the worker in the home.

Home Care Aide Agencies

Home care aide agencies support patients’ assisted daily living needs in their home. Services may include cooking meals, bathing and dressing the patient, cleaning the house and providing companionship. Home care aides provide support from several hours a day to 24-hour care. They are supervised by qualified managers who track the patient’s care. Each state has their own licensing and certification requirements. While home health care agencies provide medical/clinical services, home care aide agencies do not.

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