If you or a loved one are searching for in-home senior care, but you're not sure where to start, ask your doctor. Your doctor will be able to point you in the right direction or even refer you to an agency for in-home care.  

What Is In-Home Senior Care?

In-home senior care is a great option for seniors who would have a large number of trips to the clinic to receive the care they need, or for seniors who are experiencing deteriorating health and struggle to get around well. In-home senior care gives you the option to remain safely in your home while a caregiver or nurse comes to you to provide assistance. There are many different service options; ask your doctor if there's a service that's right for you. 

In-Home Senior Care Services Offered

The type of services offered may slightly vary depending on who or where you are receiving your services from. 

The most common service options can include:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Bathing
  • Medication management
  • Wound care
  • Catheter care
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Companionship
  • Transportation

Caregiver relief is another common service that is offered. This means if a family member usually provides services for you, but they are leaving for a vacation, you can have someone come into your home to provide you with assistance while they are gone. 

Short-Term and Long-Term Services

In-home senior care does not have to be long-term. If you have recently suffered an injury, you may just need temporary wound care or physical therapy to get you back on your feet. However, in-home care can also be long-term or permanent. It's no secret that aging can take a toll on your body and there is no shame in needing long-term in-home support. Do not be afraid to ask for help. 

Does Insurance Cover In-Home Senior Care?

You will need to check with your specific insurance plan prior to beginning in-home services, but most plans will cover some, if not all, of the cost. If you find that your plan does not cover in-home care, you do have another option. You will be given the option to pay for your services out of pocket. This is often called private pay. Private pay may not be ideal because the entire cost of the services will fall on you, but if you need the services and can afford the cost, private pay is a good option until you get an insurance policy that can cover the services.