There are a variety of ways in which someone can acquire a caregiver. The first option is to hire someone privately. The second option is through the use of a registry, which is a type of organization that provides you with a list of candidates. The third option involves using an organization that acts as the agency. The last — and most beneficial — approach to home care is a care-managed agency.
LivHOME is a care-managed agency. A care-managed agency provides more quality assurance, pays special attention to home care issues, and looks at every aspect of your loved one when it comes to figuring out what we can do to enhance quality of life, reduce risk, and create a better home care experience.
When people are exploring home care, one of the very first questions that comes up is how is this going to be paid for? The assumption is that Medicare will pay for this, but that’s usually not the case. Home care is paid for primarily out of pocket. However, there may be programs available to help in paying for the care needed.
These include public benefits, long term care insurance, worker’s compensation, legal settlements, reverse annuity mortgages, and specific veteran’s programs. Be sure to consult with a LivHOME professional to see if you qualify for any of these programs.
Everybody’s situation is quite unique. Home care for your loved one is based on what their needs are, what your preferences are, and what levels of risk you face. The first step is meeting with a professional, somebody who can understand what the needs are and lay out a plan of how to address the needs in a way that will be sustainable.
It’s important to act now. Finding home care for a loved one isn’t easy, and oftentimes families put these decisions off simply because the task and issues involved are too difficult to deal with. Start now will make a huge difference; it really opens up the amount of options that are available to you and your loved one.
It’s all about knowing your options while figuring out and learning as much as you can about what’s within the realm of possibilities. The type of home care is oftentimes driven by what the needs and preferences are of your loved one, as well as what is important to you. Is it time? Is it money? Is it peace of mind? Is it quality? Is it safety? These factors will all influence the decision-making process.
Having someone who is skilled in providing home care for seniors is your best option. It’s beneficial to have a third party who can sit down with you and understand what’s important to you and your loved one. A skilled care manager can easily address needs and create a balanced plan that will be sustainable for everybody involved.
The first step is thinking about the specific tasks that the person needs assistance with, and then what amount of time is required per task. Next, think about the level of care your loved one needs. Do they require skilled nursing care? Do they require someone to give injections? Or is it just more practical care?
It’s important to have somebody who you can work with you, to help give you some guidance and direction. Think about the specific tasks, the level of skill that’s required, and employ professionals who have experience to help you put together a plan.
Life Care Managers perform various tasks which are customized to the needs and preferences of our client base. Our care managers provide socialization activities by first identifying how we can improve our client’s quality of life. We are also involved in organizing medications and making sure that our clients take them properly and on time.
Sometimes families don’t see eye-to-eye, and this can often lead to family conflict. When families live out of town, having a Life Care Manager gives you an extra set of eyes and ears to have an objective view regarding what’s going on. They really make a difference helping families during difficult times and getting the right services in place quickly.
One benefit of care management has to do with peace of mind. Most people feel that they should be able to manage all aspects of the elder care situation, but this is no easy task. Having somebody who has both the experience and the training really makes a difference and can provide great relief for family members.
Another benefit has to do with using your resources wisely. Having a care manager at your side can really make a difference when it comes down to time and money. Life Care Managers can also help clients reduce certain risks. We map out where that person’s risk is and then we come up with interventions to lower risk.
At LivHOME, we have the expertise and experience of dealing with people who are extremely resistant to care. Let me give you an example, Sally was a woman who suffered from Alzheimer’s. Her daughter, who is very concerned, had called a traditional agency. The agency was met by Sally who was angry and got very agitated. How was Nancy ever going to be able to take care of her mom and live up to the promise she made to her dad?
Nancy then called a Life Care Manager, and we were able to work with her. It became so clear that Sally was missing the activities that she once enjoyed doing and we sort of re-framed the whole situation by talking to Sally about having a personal driver who could help get you to the activities that you enjoy going to. That seemed to resonate with the mother. Nancy was delighted because the mom all of a sudden was willing to accept care.