Elder Care: Demystifying long-term care, Part I | Elder Care
Do you have a loved one in need of assistance with the tasks of daily life? You might be surprised by the number of options that are available.
When it comes to care at home, services for individuals living at home differ in scope and cost.
Although senior centers do not provide physical care for older adults, they do offer opportunities for socialization, education, community service and nutrition for independent adults who enjoy the company of others and may otherwise be at risk for isolation. A small daily donation to help cover the cost of the noon meal may be requested. Hours are Monday-Friday during the day.
Home Care Agencies have non-licensed staff members who assist individuals with transportation, light housekeeping, companionship, meal preparation, errands, medication reminders and personal care tasks, such as bathing, dressing and toileting. Hours are flexible depending upon the needs and wants of each family and include days, evenings, nights and weekends.
This type of non-medical care is usually private pay, although it may be covered by some long-term care insurance policies. Medicare does not pay for care at home that is required on an ongoing basis. The average cost of home care services ranges from $25-$35 per hour in our area.
Waiver programs are available through the Office of Aging to provide non-medical assistance for financially qualified individuals who are living at home. Call your local county office for additional information or visit www.paieb.com.