There are a few things you may have heard about in-home care which are actually common misconceptions people have about what this type of care provides.
It’s the same as home health care.
It is important to understand the difference between home health care and in-home care services. Although they sound the same (and home health care may include some in-home care services), home health care is more medically-oriented care that is deemed necessary and prescribed by a physician. Another distinction is that home health care services are covered by Medicare while in-home care is only via private pay and/or possibly long-term care insurance coverage.
It’s an expensive type of care.
Because this service is individualized, one-on-one care, it is NOT an expensive way of receiving care. Assured In-Home Care provides home care services that are an affordable alternative to moving into an assisted living facility.
In-home care has to be arranged far in advance before an emergency occurs.
Not necessarily. Assured In-Home Care sends a professional Care Manager immediately to determine precisely what services are needed. In-home care can be arranged within the same day, and if needed, even within hours of initial contact with us. Care can definitely be arranged within a 24-hour period of time from when we are first contacted.
In-home care is a good alternative to a nursing home, assisted living, or adult care home services.
This is true because studies show that elderly people prefer to remain in their familiar surroundings with all the comforts of home. In-home care is ideal for older adults who need services in a predictable way, even if their needs increase. However, if their needs become more random and unpredictable, in-home care may not continue to be the best long-term solution. At that point, other placement options may come under consideration.