After All…There Truly Is No Place Like Home
LONG DISTANCE FAMILIES
Dotty lives in Overland Park, Kansas and her son Sam lives in Texas. After a fall accident that resulted in a right knee replacement, Sam knew that he needed someone to care for his mother. The social worker at the hospital shared that Home Health would come into the home and provide care. Sam thought wonderful because Medicare would cover this expense. Then he realized that his mother needed more care. Medicare would provide for only limited skilled care coverage. He quickly realized that Private Duty care was where he needed to turn. Sam was pleased to learn that Private Duty works in tandem with Home Health. He gained peace of mind knowing that skilled care from Home Health would be in the home a few hours a week to meet her medical needs and that Private Duty care would continue on as much or as little as his mother needed support in activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, toileting and so on.
Many families live miles apart and what once was the occasional trip to visit the parents is now turning into the parent who is needing more help in order to stay living in their own home.
WHAT TO DO
When our parents need the trip to see their doctor, buy groceries, pick up medications or have companionship, individuals turn towards family and friends for help. But all too often, family and friends find themselves unable to support their loved ones on a continual basis. When more is needed, many choose a Private Duty In-Home Care provider.
HOW TO CHOOSE PRIVATE DUTY CARE
The best way to choose a caregiver is to ask the following questions:
1. Define your BEST PRACTICE STANDARDS.
A. Contract Agreement that includes liability coverage, worker’s compensation, state operator
license and length of time in business.
B. Complete criminal background verifications and ensure that caregivers are active and in good standing on state department registry.
C. Caregiver training in issues impacting daily care support. Ensure that the private duty provider has an alternate plan of care for times when the main caregiver is unavailable.
ADDED VALUE and COST COMPARISON
The average cost of care for in-home private duty care is from $20.00 to $30.00 per hour. Rates differ based upon the following:
A. Companion care = non medical
B. Certified Nursing Assistant = medical training limited
C. Home Health Aide = medical training and
supervised by a nurse.
The average daily rate to reside in a nursing home in Kansas is $147.00 – $166.00 and in Missouri it is $141.00 – $161.00. Therefore, the determining factor comes down to HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO STAY LIVING IN YOUR OWN HOME? Another determining factor is HOW MUCH CARE WILL YOU NEED TO REMAIN LIVING IN YOUR HOME?
Many choose Private Duty In-Home Care and spend on average up to 4 hours of care per day – three days per week. Calculating at a rate of $20.00 per hour for three 4 hour days, the weekly cost would be $240.00 per week to have a caregiver provide ONE ON ONE care and support in the comfort of your own home. In comparison to $4,830.00 per month for nursing home care and $960.00 per month for in-home care, the cost is affordable.
REQUEST THE LIST FROM THE HOSPITAL
Discharge starts at Admission from the hospital and hospital social workers are a tremendous help when “You” ASK for additional ways to connect to additional care you may need.
A HEART FOR SERVICE
Each of the following Healthcare Professionals are Working in Collaboration to “BE OF SERVICE” in meeting your needs for a short duration or over an extended period of time. Check for any of these In-Home Care service providers for additional information on the services they can offer you or your loved one.
CALL TODAY for a NO COST IN-HOME CARE ASSESSMENT!
AFTER ALL…THERE TRULY IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME