What You Should Know About Senior Home Care Services
Posted: 10/29/2020 9:53 AM by
While it may be an emotionally difficult reality to accept, at some point our aging parents or grandparents will require some type of care assistance.
For them, it can be even more difficult to accept since they’re used to handling everything themselves.
As they get older and their life circumstances change, getting around and taking care of themselves properly can become more and more difficult. For many seniors, the thought of moving to a retirement community, assisted living facility, or a skilled nursing facility is especially distressing.
This is because, as many seniors will tell you, they prefer to stay in their own home or, in some cases, live out their days with their own family. In fact, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) found that about 9 in 10 people aged 65 and above prefer to stay at home.
Fortunately, senior home care services may be able to help keep them living in their own home much longer.
Thinking About Senior Home Care Services
When it comes to in-home senior care, there are two types: medical home care services and non-medical home care services.
The medical home care services typically provide skilled services, as ordered by a physician. This includes skilled nursing, speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy, and social work. However, for the purposes of this article we will focus on non-medical senior home care services like those offered by Interim HealthCare in Santa Rosa, CA.
So, what do senior home care services do?
According to an article from CarePathways,
“The non-medical home care agency provides... supportive custodial care that is supplied by home health aides, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and also non-certified nurse aides, homemakers, and companions.
For example, in California, companies that provide clients with non-medical home care must be licensed with the California Department of Social Services.
Non-medical home care agencies may or may not be licensed as requirements vary from state to state but are universally private pay with exception of coverage from some long-term care insurance policies. It is important to note that unskilled personal care services such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation are what is needed most and therefore must be paid for out of pocket.”
The Costs of Senior Care
Another reason to consider in-home senior care services has to do with the costs of assisted living facilities.
The website at PayingForSeniorCare.com reports that,
“According to Genworth's Cost of Care Survey 2019, the average cost of assisted living in California in 2020 is $4,500 / month. However, based on the geographic region of the state, the average monthly cost ranges from $3,175 to $5,853.”
The costs for a skilled nursing facility are even higher. They average approximately $8,800 per month in California, or $10,600 for a private room, according to Nolo Press.
On the other hand, in-home senior care is relatively affordable for most families. According to the same survey from Genworth Financial, the national average comes to around $4,000 per month.
Benefiting From Senior Home Care Services
In most circumstances, senior home care services benefit both the seniors and their families. This is because it gives seniors the care and support they need. It also provides their families and loved ones with peace of mind that their parent or grandparent is being taken care of.
In-home care services are also a great way for seniors to retain their independence. As a result, their family members’ caregivers have the time and space to take a break from caregiving.
In-home care service providers bring a host of benefits to seniors, including services such as:
Essentially, in-home care workers ensure that seniors have as easy a life as possible at home. Their job is to help your aging loved one get the best living experience at home despite the age-related issues that can bring them down.
- Ensuring the right medications are taken at the right time
- Running errands
- Cleaning the house
- Meal preparation
- Monitoring diet for age and lifestyle conditions
- Personal care
In addition to ensuring that your aging parents live in a safe and caring environment, in-home care workers are also there to bring respect and support for the choices your loved ones make; provided those choices do not pose a risk.
Your Best and Local Choice for Senior Home Care Services
Taking care of an aging parent or grandparent can be stressful. Finding a trusted senior home care service in Sonoma County doesn’t have to be.
At Interim HealthCare, we understand that you want to do what is right for both your senior loved one and for your family. Which is why we also know what to look for when it comes to providing an in-home caregiver so that a loved one can remain safe and independent in their own home.
Our in-home care professionals are fully vetted with background checks and drug screens before they ever step foot in your home. Additionally, Interim HealthCare is fully bonded and insured.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today.
At Interim HealthCare, we offer a wide variety of home care ranging from respite care, assisted living at home, to Alzheimer's care and much more.
To schedule your No-Obligation in-home evaluation, or to learn more about homecare services, just fill out the "Contact Us" form to the right and we will contact you soon. Or you can call our Santa Rosa office at (707) 545-4986.