For many seniors in the Atlanta area, the thought of moving into a nursing home is an unpleasant one. Who wouldn’t want to remain in the comfort and familiarity of home, where they can decide independently when to wake up, when and what to eat, who to spend time with, etc.? Thankfully, aging in place at home today is a reality for many seniors in Atlanta, due to the variety of home care services available. Here are four types of care that can be provided right at home:
- Private Duty Home Care: Private duty home care services are non-medical services that include assistance like companionship, housekeeping, transportation, personal, dementia, and respite care, and more. Private duty care services are usually paid for directly by the patient or his or her family. Some services may be covered by long-term care insurance, workers’ compensation, or armed services funding. It is important to note, however, that long-term private duty services are not covered by Medicare.
- Home Health Care: Home health care is skilled nursing care that is usually required in the home for treatment of an illness or injury – wound care, injections, diabetes or blood pressure monitoring, and other treatments that require nursing skills. Home health care can also provide physical respiratory or speech therapy. Some home health services may be covered under Medicare, providing that specific conditions are met.
- Geriatric Care Management: Geriatric care managers handle the details of an individual’s life or estate that fall outside the realm of direct care providers, such as financial and estate management. They can also coordinate care for an individual, mediate family communications, or assist with moving to another living arrangement or closing up of a household. Geriatric care management is traditionally an out-of-pocket expense.
- Hospice Care: Hospice care is a special type of in-home care, designed to provide comfort and support for patients who are nearing the end of a terminal illness. Hospice provides a range of services including nursing, mental health, and spiritual advising. Coverage for hospice care is typically offered by most private insurance providers and through Medicare. Regency Home Care works closely with Atlanta hospice agencies to provide the overall nursing support in the home that is needed.
Is one or more of these care options right for a senior in your life? We’d love to talk with you further and help you discover how Regency Home Care’s Atlanta home care services can help make life easier and more meaningful. Whether it’s providing assistance with personal care services such as bathing, dressing and grooming, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, transportation and accompaniment to appointments and to run errands, or specialized nursing care services, we’re here for you, around the clock. Contact us at your convenience to arrange for a free in-home assessment.