There’s Just One Type of Home Care, Right? Not So Fast.
One of the many benefits of home care is that you and your loved one have choices. The options for in-home care vary in type of care, payment options, and services, and it is important to understand each model of care in order to know where you or your loved one fits in terms of financial ability, care needs, and formal and informal support. The following are some of the available models of home care:
Private Duty Home Care
Private duty services are mostly “non-medial” supportive services and can range from errands to transportation to companionship to personal care, dementia care, 24-hour care or respite care. These services are usually paid directly by the patient or his or her family members. Some private duty care may also be covered by long-term care insurance, workers’ compensation, and some armed services funding.
Medicare Home Health Care
Home Health Care is skilled nursing care and certain other health care services one receives in a home setting for the treatment of an illness or injury. Examples are care for a wound (dressing changes), injections, monitoring of health conditions like diabetes or blood pressure or heart disease, and assistance with medical equipment like dialysis. Home Health Care can also provide rehabilitation services: speech, physical and respiratory therapies.
Hospice services are designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when patients with life-limiting illnesses no longer respond to treatment. Coverage for hospice care is widely available through both Medicare and many private insurance providers.
For more information on the different types of home care, visit our resource page.
At CareNet, Inc. we want to help you make the right in-home care choices for you and your loved ones. For more information about your home care options, contact us in Anchorage, Alaska at 907-274-5620.