Despite our noblest attempts to believe that “money is no object” when it comes to caring for Mom or Dad, the reality is that cost is always a factor. Cost matters because it determines how much care a senior can receive and for how long. Thus, while cost is not the number one factor, it will always be an important one when choosing a Long Beach home care provider.
Choosing a Long Beach Home Care Provider
So what should be the number one factor in choosing a home care provider? The clear answer is: the health and personal care needs of your aging loved one should be the number one factor. Choosing a home care provider should involve assessing your parents’ needs, understanding your options, and, yes, evaluating the cost versus your budget.
You will make the best decision when you realize that cost is always a factor… but never the number one factor.
Cost: Always a Factor
In evaluating cost, ensure that you have all fees detailed in writing. Be sure that you understand what is included in both non-medical and medical home health care costs.
Depending upon the reason for the need for non-medical or medical home care, it may be covered by worker’s compensation, or long-term care insurance. Often VA Benefits are underutilized tools that can be used to pay for home care. Many seniors and their caregivers realize too late that there may be compensation available to pay for care that may be provided in a person’s home, in various residential care settings, or in nursing homes. Financial support for family members or other caregivers who support ill or disabled veterans may also be included in the benefits. Comfort Keepers – Long Beach provides staff devoted to assisting veterans in applying for the benefits to cover home care. For more information on accessing VA Benefits, see “VA Benefits Can Help Pay for Senior Care.”
Assessing Mom’s and Dad’s Needs
The #1 factor in any decision on any senior care should be Mom’s and Dad’s care needs. Mom and Dad may need either non-medical home care, skilled home health care, or both. Non-medical home care is designed to provide seniors with companionship or assistance with daily living activities such as hygiene, grooming, eating, shopping, preparing meals, managing finances, housekeeping, using the telephone, etc.
In contrast, skilled home health care provides highly skilled nursing care such as rehabilitation, transfusion care, intravenous care, and other forms of medical care once available only in assisted living or skilled nursing home facilities. To understand you parents’ home care needs, observe them in action in their daily living activities. Seek information on their health issues and home care needs from doctors and therapists. Watch for signs of loneliness or a need for companionship.
Understanding Your Options
In Long Beach, non-medical home care providers include Aberdeen In-Home Services and ComForcare Senior Services. LivHome – Long Beach, Home Instead Senior Care, Visiting Angels Long Beach, and Williams & Williams Home Care offer non-medical home care and caregivers specially-trained in dealing with the memory lapses, frustration, and confusion that accompany these diseases. Long Beach providers Hygeia Home Health and Oxford Home Care Services offer both non-medical care such as companionship and daily living assistance, as well as skilled home health care services that must be prescribed by a doctor.
Once you understand your parents’ needs and your home care options, you can evaluate cost and make the best decision for the care that your parents need at a price that you can afford.