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Paying for Home Care with Medicare

There are many complicated rules when it comes to getting Medicare, but families can save money by using Medicare to pay for in-home senior care.  When a senior needs medical assistance, the cost of paying for that assistance can be intimidating.  There’s no reason families need to go into debt in order to care for their loved ones though.  Medicare will pay for up 35 hours each week for nursing care.  Of course, the patient does need to meet certain requirements in order to ... Read More

Affording Home Health Care For Our Mother

My sister and I were shocked when out mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness and we were even more shocked when we found out how much her medical care would cost. We spoke with our mother about the options that were available to her and she simply begged us not to put her in a nursing home. We knew that home health care was our only choice. Once that was decided, it was time to figure out how we were going to pay for it. Knowing Our Options The first thought we had ... Read More

How To Choose The Best Home Care Agency

I assume if you are reading this, you are in the situation I was in a few years ago. My elderly mother had a multitude of health problems and as an only child, I knew it would be my responsibility to get care for her as she aged. My dad had passed away several years before, so I really was on my own. My mom and I had discussed a few options, but both of us were really focused on in home health care. After a relatively easy decision, the hard part began: choosing the best in home ... Read More

Home Health Care for Seniors: Vital Sign Monitoring

Home health care for seniors is more common than ever, and the demand for home care services is expected to increase dramatically over the next two decades as more of the baby boomer generation ages. Seniors and the elderly make up the fastest growing segment of the American population. As a result, more seniors are living longer with chronic diseases than ever before. A critical part of managing chronic diseases and home health care is the careful monitoring of a senior’s vital ... Read More

Tips and Advice for Picking an Assisted Living Facility

When looking for an assisted living facility, it is important that both services and staff be to your liking. Remember that, in addition to services, how the staff interacts with residents and how residents interact together are important criteria to consider when choosing an assisted living facility (sometimes called sheltered housing, board and care or residential care). There are other questions you should ask or think about when choosing an assisted living facility. What ... Read More

Providing At Home Care is a Big Job

For many people, the question of how to best care for elderly relatives is a difficult one and providing at home care seems impossible.  Nursing homes, unless you can afford the very expensive fees for a nice privately run home, often don’t provide the level of care that many elderly patients require.  Nursing homes are crowded and staff members are overworked.  As a result patients are overlooked unless they are loud and obnoxious.  Making the decision to provide at home care is ... Read More

How Home Healthcare Reduces Cost

There are an estimated 79.6 million baby boomers and about 6 out of every ten of them (roughly 37 million people) will eventually manage more than one chronic condition by 2030 and need the services of healthcare.  As said chronic conditions grow more and more people will need the consistent care only trained professionals can provide.  The U.S. currently, spends more per capita than any other country on healthcare. Demand has increased for healthcare such that government ... Read More

Government Policy Expands Caregiver Network

As the government recognizes the savings that occur due to the efforts of informal caretakers they enact policies to create caregiver support systems to encourage family members to continue to take care of elderly relatives.  In 2000, the federal government enacted the National Family Caregiver support Program to better care for those that are caretakers for others. The already strained resources of the federal government have been struggling to continue to provide health care to... Read More

Changes to Home Care

Prior to the passage of the Federal Balanced Budget act of 1997, more and more patients were opting for at home care.  Due to the abuses of the Medicare system and the fraud that was being perpetrated, the federal government put strict limitations on in home care services.  The restrictions limiting when at home care would be covered by Medicare may have adversely affected the standard of care for those patients.  In home care services are generally accepted to be better for the ... Read More

Federal Changes in Home Care Coverage

In the past decade and a half, significant legislative changes have occurred that directly affect those who require both medical and non medical in home care for the elderly.  In 1997, the federal balanced budget act cut payments to medical providers for in home health services for Medicare.  This resulted in a decrease of the elderly and disabled who received long term in home care services.  This caused agencies to be much more discerning in evaluating the medical needs of ... Read More

What Are the Advantages of In Home Care?

In home care provides a myriad of advantages by receiving caregiving at home. Being able to live in the home you love is one significant advantage of in home care. When AARP surveyed American seniors, an astounding eighty-nine percent said they preferred to age at home as long as possible. In addition to being able to age at home, in home care offers many additional advantages. Some of the advantages of in home care include: Flexibility: In home care is the most flexible ... Read More

What Are the Advantages of Receiving Home Health Care?

Making a decision as to the type of care an elderly person needs, such as assisted living or more specifically at home health care, is never easy.  However, as people get older they may need the kind of assistance that only the consistent help of a trained professional can provide.  The standard for elderly assisted living has been nursing home care, but that in no way means that it is the best solution.  Advances in medical technology and geriatric care have made home assisted ... Read More

What Kind of Person Needs Senior Care Services?

  At some given point in an elder person’s life he or she may need the services of senior care services such as a nurse home or live in caregiver. When a elder person can no longer take care of him or herself, whether that be from an injury, degrading mental facilities, and/or disease and his or her family cannot provide the care necessary is when senior care services should be considered.  There is no one specific type of elder person who qualifies for a nurse home ... Read More

Adult Care: The Village Concept Gaining Popularity Over Elderly Homes

Adult care in elderly homes being impacted by the economy just as much as anything else. Independent seniors looking to tighten their own spending for adult care are starting to take up a popular new option: the village concept. Under the village concept, active seniors receive adult care without having to rely on elderly homes and the like. Members join up with a “village” and get access to special adult care programs and services. Some of these services include trips to the ... Read More

Senior Assisted Living: Home Daycare Getting More Popular

When it comes to senior assisted living, more and more people are choosing home daycare for their loved ones. And it’s never too late to find the right agency for their specific needs. According to the U.S Census Bureau, more than 7.6 million Americans receive some sort of home daycare. That number is compounded even further when factoring in informal senior assisted living care provided by family members, which generally isn’t counted in the Census’s numbers. Senior assisted ... Read More

How Much Does In Home Care Cost?

The cost of in home care services varies across the county depending on the type of caregiving and the qualification of the care giver. According to Genworth, the median cost for in home care services in the United States is $18 per hour for licensed homemaker services. Cost range varies from state to state. For example, in South Carolina, the minimum hourly rate is $10 and the maximum hourly rate is $20. However, the minimum hourly rate in Oregon is $17 and the maximum is $28 ... Read More

Cost Comparison of Senior Care Services

When deciding on senior care services, it is important to look at all different factors to find the best match for your elderly loved one. Would getting in home care make more sense or would a nursing home be a better match? Here is a cost comparison list of different senior care services available for your elderly loved one. The data is based on Genworth’s 2011 Cost of Care Survey.  One advantage of home care over nursing home care is that in-home care is much cheaper. ... Read More

Cost of Home Care

The cost of senior home care varies from state to state.  The specific type of adult care will influence the cost of the home care, but on average the cost, in the United States, of home medical assistance is $21 per hour and $19 per hour for assisted living. Medicare and Medicaid After the age of 65 all U.S. citizens qualify for Medicare insurance. However, medicare does not cover the costs of long-term adult care, only short term care of 100 days.  And only after a ... Read More

Medicare Coverage in Home Care

Keeping up with medical costs as you age can get quite difficult, and while home health care services are often cheaper than nursing care, they still aren't cheap. Fortunately, Medicare can cover part, and sometimes most, of the expenses associated with hiring home health aides. However, there are certain criteria you must meet to qualify for the financial aid. Below is a brief explanation of how you can qualify for coverage, what it will cover, and what it likely will not ... Read More

Recent Changes to Medicare and Home Care

Live in care has continued to rise in recent years because of the increasingly expensive costs of nursing home facilities. Live in care, on the other hand, has seen only small steady rises. As such, it has become a cheaper alternative for elder care that allows for both flexibility and independence. Yet despite its cheaper costs, it may not always be incredibly cheap. Medicare and Live-in Care in the Past A major help for those seeking elder care has been Medicare. ... Read More

The Costs of Home Care and Institutional Care

If you are not acquainted with the average costs associated with home care, it is important to be informed on the average costs. By knowing these figures, you are better able to gauge quality in home care for the elderly for the right price. It is important to note that medical home care services are more expensive than non medical in home care for the elderly because of the expertise needed to perform these special services. Since nurses, therapists, and registered nursing ... Read More

Who Pays for Long-Term Home Health Aides

While keeping elderly relatives at home has been shown to dramatically improve quality of life in most cases, paying for home health aides can be very difficult.  Homecare agencies can cost upwards of $35 an hour for non-medical related care.  In many cases, home bound patients only need very intermittent nursing care, but more frequent care from home health aides.  Unfortunately, Medicare will only pay to cover sixty days worth of in home care.  Home health aides perform ... Read More

Paying for Home Health Services

There are several instances where you can get Medicare home health care services with little to no out of pocket costs.  If the patient in question meets all four of the following criteria, Medicare home health care services are available. A Doctor must order home health services and draw up a care plan. The patient must need some type of medical care from a specialist, such as part-time nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. The ... Read More

Paying for In Home Care with PACE and Medicare

A senior that needs long-term home care may exhaust the traditional Medicare payments.  Since Medicare is only designed to home care services for a short period of time, a senior or their family will have to pay increasing costs out of pocket. For many seniors paying the costs for the home care they need can empty savings accounts and eventually require them to do what they can to qualify for Medicaid.  This may require selling their home or other assets and paying Medicaid ... Read More

How Should Seniors Plan for the Future?

There are a lot of decisions that need to be made in regards to planning for the future. While retirement seems to be what the majority of people worry about, elderly home care should be what they are worried about. The cost of residing in nursing homes  and elderly homes have been on the rise, and with the average person not even owning their home anymore it can be rather difficult to take in a loved one and provide elderly care in their own home. This is why many people have ... Read More

How to Pay for Home Care Services

In home care for the elderly is what many families and seniors prefer, allowing the elderly to age at home.  However due to the expense involved in paying visiting nurses, nurses aides, and other home health services, at home healthcare can be too expensive for a senior’s family to afford out of pocket.  With the average live span of an elderly person being well into the 80’s it is not surprising that the majority of the elderly would require some sort of in home care or visiting... Read More

The Differences Between Medical and Non-Medical Senior Home Care

  For those starting to seek senior home care, the differences between medical and non medical home care may seem confusing at first. Which services fall under which category? Which specific home care services do I need? How do I choose what I need? This article hopes to clear up some of that confusion and give you a better idea about the differences between these different home care services. A Doctor's Orders The main difference between medical and non-medical home ... Read More

Wisconsin Senior Home Care Resources

  Wisconsin provides its elderly with many resources to help them find the senior home care services they need.  Whether it is caretaker support, assistance locating home care agencies and other senior services, or insurance benefits, there are a variety of programs available to Wisconsin’s seniors and their families to help age in place. Caretaker Support and Home Care Resources Helping a senior retain their independence can be difficult for families at times.  It can... Read More

Common Confusing Words Related to Senior Caregiving

While searching for in home care and caregiving options, different terminology, unfamiliar acronyms, and words that look similar may cause confusion. Here is a list of common terms you may come across that many people find confusing. In home care (or homecare): Numerous variations to the word “in home care” confuse many people. Basically, in home care is any form of caregiving that is provided in the home of the care recipient. There are two different types of in home care. One ... Read More

The Realities of Long-term Home Care

Many seniors and their families do not realize how expensive long-term care can be even when using home care services and informal family care arrangements.  According to Mass Mutual Financial Group the average annual cost of a private nursing home was over $75,000 in 2006, and according to CNN Money the average cost of four hours a day of home care is almost $40,000 a year. Unless a senior has been planning for the eventuality of having to pay for their own health care as an ... Read More

What is In-Home Care?

In home care services can provide the elderly and their families an affordable option to help seniors maintain their independence while ensuring their safety and comfort.  Aging is a gradual process, as time passes most people will experience increasing difficulty doing the tasks once completed with ease or without much thought.   Perhaps they postpone appointments or stop cleaning the house as often as they once did.  Over time more little things get left undone- a light bulb ... Read More