Are you overwhelmed with caring for an elderly parent or relative? Studies show that prolonged periods of caregiving can cause extreme stress and even depression.
Help and assistance is available!
A Win-Win Situation
Home Health Care is generally a more cost-effective alternative to assisted living or institutional care facilities, and allows the individual to live in his/her home while care is being received.
Home Care Aide (HCA) Agencies / Home Health Agencies
Home Health Aides will provide day-to-day care for elders requiring assistance at home. They provide your loved ones with bathing, dressing, cooking, light housekeeping, incontinence care, and companionship, depending on the level of care needed. Most agencies provide as little as 1 hour of service to full and complete 24-hour/ live-in care. Prices for these services vary, depending on the level of need of the individual.
Home Health Aides can provide assistance for elders you are concerned about:
They can assist your loved ones in their home at any time.
Home Health Aides will help to lighten your load:
If you are living with a dependent elder in your home, you may simply want someone to come out for 1-2 hours in the mornings 3 times a week to help with bathing, breakfast, and all the tasks involved with the daily morning routine. This is a great help.
Home Health Aides will allow you to actually take time off to enjoy yourself:
Maybe you are planning on taking a weekend off (we all know you probably deserve it!). Home Health Aides are available to provide 24-hour care while you're on vacation or even while you are at home and simply want to have a weekend without worrying.
How to Hire a Caregiver Learn the basics on the types of In-Home Care Workers and a step-by-step guide for finding the right home caregiver for your loved one.
For more information on home care options, please visit the National Association for Home Care.
Home Health Agency
Medicare and Home Health Care
This official government booklet tells you: Who’s eligible, What services are covered, How to find and compare home health agencies, and Your Medicare rights.
Find and Compare Home Health Agencies
Listing of "home care agencies" servicing your local area - comprehensive list provided by Medicare.
Search for Home Health Agencies
Listing of "home care agencies" servicing your local area - a very comprehensive list provided by National Association for Home Care.
Hiring An Independent Aide
When independently hiring an aide to provide care, it is always essential to personally double check all references so that you are comfortable with the individual providing care.
Information on Hiring a Caregiver
Assessing your homecare needs, a checklist, and information to help in the hiring of a home caregiver provided by Family Caregiver Alliance.
Find an Independent Caregiver
Care.com is the world's largest online destination for care. They connect families with caregivers and caring companies to help you be there for the ones you love.
You can also contact your local agency for the aging to find home health agencies or home care aide agencies servicing your area.
Most homemaker and HCA agencies recruit, train, and supervise their personnel and thus are responsible for the care rendered.
- As with any service, make sure that the agency you are dealing with is licensed (some states do not require licensing) and has done full background checks on its employees.
- Do not leave valuable items out and accessible.