Home Health Care in Rio Rancho is a general term that represents a wide range of community-based services to support
someone that is recuperating from an acute situation, such as a hip fracture, or services needed by persons with on-going chronic conditions, such as stroke or cerebral palsy.
Or they are trying to age in place safely and do as much preventive maintenance as possible to keep an acute situation from occurring. The skills and duties of home care personnel vary, but all have one thing in common—they make it possible for care recipients to remain at home in a safe, environment and in some cases have more independence than they did before.
In the process, they also provide family caregivers with a chance to replenish their depleted physical and emotional reserves.
Homecare personnel include:
Getting Started with Homecare
If you are considering getting homecare help to assist you with your caregiving responsibilities and/or to get some time for yourself, there are a number of things you need to consider, and also things you need to know.
- The first step is to make sure you and your loved one are comfortable with the idea of someone else taking on some of the tasks that you’ve been doing by yourself. There are many care recipients that are totally opposed to the idea and some negotiations will need to occur before any plan can be put in place. It is important for all concerned to understand what is prompting the need for homecare and the personal issues that lie beneath refusal to consider it. Getting beyond objections isn’t necessarily easy and you might need some guidance on how to go about it, Home Instead Senior Care can help with ideas and solutions to this common issue.
- Defining the tasks that need to be done by the homecare caregiver will help you determine
exactly what type of homecare is most appropriate in your situation. Do you need a nurse
to clean and bandage wounds and monitor equipment, a caregiver to help your loved
one get showered, dressed, med reminders, transportation, stand-by assist, transfer assist, and companionship ?
- Once you know what type of assistance you need, and all parties agree that it is necessary
or desirable, the inevitable questions about where to find homecare services, how much
they will cost, and whether any of the cost is covered by insurance or provided by government
programs must be asked and answered. Some federally funded programs, insurance
companies and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) do provide for some home
health care services, but the coverage provided may not fit your needs. To be sure whether
or not you have any coverage at all, it is imperative that you review your insurance benefits.
- If you’re like the majority of family caregivers you need the most help with personal care
tasks—the very type of care that is not typically covered by private health insurance programs
or Medicare. So unless your loved one had the foresight and the funds to purchase
long-term-care insurance prior to becoming ill, your access to homecare will be limited by
what you can afford. You may be able to get some help from state programs that take into
account your ability to pay, and the age or extent of disability of your care recipient, but
the sad reality is that more often than not the costs of homecare services will have to come
out of your own pocket.
Choosing the Right In-Home Care
How do you find the right homecare solution for your family, the one that provides the services you need at a price you can afford? There are several ways of tapping into the homecare network. Here is a look at some of the most common ones and what you need to think about when considering them:
Home Care Agencies are companies in the business of meeting homecare needs. Not all home care agencies provide the same variety and level of service however, so make sure the agency you are considering can provide all the services you need. The issue isn’t bigger or smaller but rather which one meets your criteria.
Questions to Ask Any Agency You Are Thinking of Working With
- Is the agency certified for participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs
- How long has the agency been serving the community?
- Does the agency provide an initial assessment to determine if the patient would be
appropriate for home care and what those services might be?
- Does the agency provide all of the services you need? Can they provide flexibility to
meet the patient’s changing health care needs?
- How does the agency choose and train their employees? Are background checks made?
Does it protect its caregivers with written personnel policies, benefit packages insurance?
- Does the agency provide literature explaining its services and fees?
- Does the agency have arrangements in place for emergencies? Are the agency’s caregivers
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week? How quickly can they start service?• Are references from former clients and doctors available?
- What types of programs does the company have in place to assure quality care is provided?
Privately Employed Home Caregivers. Instead of using a home care agency, you may wish to hire
a home care worker on your own, especially if you are not looking for skilled medical care, but
rather for someone to act as a companion or personal aide on a regular, long-term basis. In
those situations, bypassing commercial agencies can often result in significant financial savings.
You can start your search by putting the word out to friends and neighbors that may
know of a homecare worker.
Things to Think About If You Plan to Hire Private Homecare Help
- You yourself must do substantial background checks to ensure that the employee has no
record of criminal activity or abuse,
- You must be prepared to do all the paperwork necessary to comply with tax and insurance
laws affecting employees,
- You may not get candidates with the same level of training and licensure as those who
work for home care agencies,
- You do not have the guarantee of substitute help if your home caregiver is ill or on
- If the caregiver is injured on the job you could be responsible for their medical costs and compensation for missed time from work.