At Allevia Home Care, we understand our clients want to be as independent as possible. We all enjoy being able to get dressed, walk, and overall take care of ourselves independently. Unfortunately, when we become ill or elderly, some simple tasks can become difficult or even impossible to manage on our own.
Most of the time, people have to give up simple routine activities because they can’t take care of it themselves. However, with Allevia’s assisted living personal care services, this can easily be solved.
Defining Personal Care Services
Personal care services encompass hands-on assistance vital for daily activities that an individual may struggle to perform independently. Often termed as Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) or Instrumental Activities of Daily Life (IADLs), these services play a pivotal role in enabling individuals to maintain residence in their homes rather than transitioning to assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
Many personal care options are tailored to seniors who want to age in place in their own homes. These options are safer and more efficient because they enhance the quality of life for older adults by helping them maintain their autonomy.
What Do Personal Care Aides Provide
These services span a wide spectrum of both ADLs and IADLs, addressing fundamental yet crucial needs essential for safe independent living.
“Personal care” involves every aspect a person requires to live a comfortable, dignified life. To ensure clients can live safely and independently, our standard services include:
- Dressing and undressing
- Meal Preparation
- Mobility assistance
- Toileting/hygiene assistance
- Light Housework
- Companionship and Socialization
- Medication reminders
When to Consider Home Care Services
Recipients of in-home personal care services predominantly encompass the elderly, individuals with disabilities, patients recovering from injuries or illnesses, and those managing chronic conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Unlike home health care services, personal care services are non-medical in nature and often don’t necessitate formal certification or prescriptions.
You may want to consider personal care if your loved one:
- Struggles with chronic conditions affecting their ability to live independently
- Has difficulty with activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, etc.
- Should not be left alone for long periods of time
- Needs assistance managing health conditions or medications
- Requires transportation to medical appointments
Benefits of Personal Care Services
Opting for in-home personal care offers several advantages over institutional care, including the ability to sustain independent living, cost-effectiveness compared to assisted living or nursing homes, tailored care meeting specific needs, and a notable enhancement in quality of life, fostering a sense of independence and fostering strong caregiver-client relationships
An Allevia Home Care representative can meet with you and your loved one to discuss their needs and make thoughtful recommendations for care. We develop customized care plans that provide clients the support they need while allowing them to maintain their independence.
If you have a relative in need of daily assistance, contact Allevia Home Care. We can bring comfort to your loved one and peace of mind to you. Our compassionate home health aides and personal care assistants can help your family manage this difficult situation with respect and care. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the importance of personal care for seniors’ well-being?
Personal care is crucial for seniors as it helps them maintain their dignity, independence, and overall well-being. It can be challenging for seniors to accept help with personal tasks after a lifetime of managing independently. However, personal care can create a safe environment when dealing with personal tasks, listen to the wishes of the elderly patient, adapt to the preferences and needs of the patient, prepare the medicines and other things that support wellness, promote the quality of life of seniors, people with disabilities, and those suffering from illnesses in need of home care, and is a part of healthy living. Personal care also promotes good mental health, helps avoid skin issues, keeps up with foot care, prevents dental problems, stops body odor, maintains a healthy appearance, and helps detect health complications.
What Is The Difference Between In-Home Care And Senior Housing Options Like Assisted Living?
In home care keeps seniors safe in their own homes by providing care either hourly or live-in services. Most seniors would commonly prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Assisted living facilities are for aging adults who need more care, or need a safer environment. Assisted living facilities are a great option for people who become confused easily and may wander or may need regular medication administration by a med-tech or nurse.
Does Medicare Or Health Insurance Pay For In-Home Care?
Medicare and traditional health insurance pays for very limited amounts of care, for very brief periods of time. Companion care and non-medical home care are typically not paid for by Medicare or traditional health insurance.
How quickly can Allevia Home Care start care after my initial inquiry?
In most cases we can begin senior care services within 1 week of first contacting our agency. We strive to respond promptly to urgent senior assistance requests.
Why Choose Home Care?
Most people want to stay in their own homes as they grow older, rather than move elsewhere. They desire to remain in familiar surroundings, maintain connections within their communities, and preserve friendships nurtured over time. Home-based care offers an optimal solution for those needing assistance with daily living activities or nursing services, allowing them to avoid hospitalization or institutionalization while receiving customized support from skilled caregivers within the comfort of home.
Who is eligible for Personal Care?
The eligibility criteria for personal care assistance may vary depending on the state and the Medicaid program. In general, home and community-based services are available to eligible persons aged 60 or older and to adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 59.
Medicaid is one of the programs that provides personal care assistance through its Medicaid State Plan and Medicaid Waiver programs. To be eligible for Medicaid, specific eligibility criteria must be met, including being a resident in the state in which one applies, financial requirements, and functional requirements.
In addition to Medicaid, there are other programs that provide personal care assistance such as Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers or Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers.
It is important to note that eligibility criteria may differ based on the state and the program. Therefore, it is best to check with your local Department of Health and Human Services or a Medicaid specialist to determine your eligibility for personal care assistance.