None of us likes to think about needing help as we age. But we do hope we will have choices about where and how we will live when we do need help. For most of us, the first choice is to stay in our own home for as long as possible. According to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, more than 7.6 million people receive care in their homes.
In-home care is possible for people with a wide range of disabilities and financial resources. But it raises lots of questions. How do I find a reputable home-care agency? What services are included? How much will it cost? Will Medicare pay for it? What are my options if I’m already in a nursing home?
In-home care includes a variety of health and social services. It helps those recovering from an illness or injury, as well as people who need long-term help because of disability or chronic illness. Services can include medical, nursing, or therapeutic treatments and/or help with the essential activities of daily living, such as cleaning house, preparing a meal, or getting to medical appointments.
Long-term care requires planning. A good place to turn for help is your Area Agency on In-home care is designed to prevent unnecessary nursing home placement or ensure a timely return home after a nursing home stay. Even long-time nurs- ing home residents may qualify for options that help them move out and receive care in home and community settings.