As we age, most of us will need to make decisions regarding our health care or that of a loved one. Options abound, with thousands of retirement communities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and more to peruse and consider.
However, the first step can sometimes be the simplest. Home health care services offer a convenient way to ease into continuing care. Home care allows for all the benefits of living assistance without a need to separate from your home.
If this sounds appealing, here are a few things to consider before moving forward.
Your Health Insurance Plan
Health insurance can be a complex subject whether you’re getting your annual check-up or prepping for surgery. Policies vary widely, and coverage can seem like a mystery – but it is still essential to understand how your current plan will support the costs associated with hiring a home healthcare service.
While it’s always possible to dig up paperwork and try to make sense of it, the best action is to call your provider and speak with a representative. They will know your options and will be able to talk you through them.
While that phone call is an easy one to put off, keep in mind that your variety of choices shrinks the longer you wait. Senior care is something that is, ideally, planned for well before it’s needed. The earlier you start, the more plans you can leverage to ensure the financial coverage is there when you need it.
If you have a more immediate need, or if dealing with insurance directly seems daunting, you can call an agency like Special Touch Home Care. We provide home care services to thousands of people, work with a wide variety of insurance plans, and can help steer you in the right direction.
Considering the Specific Needs of Your Loved One
In-home health aides cover a lot of ground. All who work for a reputable agency are well-trained and capable of essential care functions, such as light housekeeping and medical monitoring. Other aides have gone through more intensive training. They can support additional medical tasks such as wound dressing, vitals monitoring, and care specific to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Make sure you plan for the care your loved one needs. You’ll want to make sure you work with an agency staffed to cover whatever you may need, and that starts with determining exactly what you need. Does your loved one require someone to stop by for a few hours each day to help with chores and local travel? Or would they benefit from live-in care and full-time monitoring? Are there chronic conditions that need to be managed?
At Special Touch, we are proud to offer the full range of home healthcare services. Every member of our care team undergoes comprehensive training, so you can rest assured your loved one is receiving top-level service. If you’re ready to arrange care now or have some questions, we invite you to contact us today.
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