Common Questions about Home Care…
Most families reach a point when they realize they may
need help for an elderly loved one. The problem is that sometimes the
family doesn't know where to begin the process or even what questions
to ask. Here then, are some common questions families have about home
" When is it time to bring in a home care agency?
Knowing when to arrange help for a loved one depends on the elder's
preferences, habits, and general health condition. Those elders with
complex health issues that are under the care of a doctor are easily
identified. But what about lesser conditions, such as needing assistance
getting out of bed and into the shower - or perhaps need help getting
dressed? When these simple activities of daily living start to be a
challenge and the family can't be available at all times, families may
want to seek help from a homecare agency.
" Why should I use an agency and not a private
Homecare agencies in Indiana are licensed by the State, which provides
oversight of the agency's operations and business practices. Agencies
screen, train and conduct background checks on the employees they send
to the home. In addition, homecare agencies have liability and workers
comp insurance to cover the employed caregiver. This protects the senior
client and their family from financial risk.
" Can I trust the person coming in?
This is related to the above question. Few families have the ability
or knowledge to screen a caregiver's background. The homecare agency
will check state and county records for any criminal background, check
driving records, and check the state home health aide registry where
" What types of services can a home care agency
provide my parent/grandparent/loved one?
Homecare agencies provide assistance with the activities of daily living
including bathing, dressing, meals, moving safely about the home, or
toileting. They can also help with laundry, light housekeeping or even
errands and managing mail or bills.
" How much does it cost to have someone in our
Prices for homecare vary, but a family can easily budget $20 per hour
for help with the activities mentioned previously. The homecare agency
can also provide personal emergency response devices and other services
for additional cost. Many elders may qualify for assistance from Medicaid,
or Medicaid Waiver programs.
We thank Etelka Froymovich, RN
MHA, for this timely information.
If you are caring for someone who
is aging and in need of services please feel free to contact us at "The
Albert & Sara Reuben Senior and Community Resource Center":
317.259.6822 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com. You may also
contact Etelka at 317-471-0760 or Etelka@ekfmanagement.com.