For many seniors, receiving in-home care is one of the greatest needs in today’s society. Discovery understands this need and wants you to be confident in your selection of private duty care when the need arises.
As we age we all begin to experience injuries, illnesses or decreased functioning that affect our ability to maintain independent functioning and our expected standard of living. It’s a natural process of growing old. Before you or your spouse are injured and/or no longer able to adequately care for yourself, it is time to begin the process of finding in-home care that will assist you in living as independently as possible.
Private duty agencies hire professionals who are trained in helping seniors with everyday tasks such as meal preparation, homemakers, companions, transportation, shopping, assisting with doctor visits, personal care such as bathing, transfer from bed to chair, walking, general hygiene, and assistance with specific illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
Private duty in-home care is simply a sub division of the home cares services arm of healthcare whose providers bring a very broad range of medical and nursing care services to assistance with things such as cleaning and money management. Their goals are simple: help you live the way you’ve grown accustomed to living with as little interference as possible so that you and your loved one can continue enjoying your life. It is never too early to make the call and see if services are available to you.
There are basically three ways to pay for in-home private duty care:
- Medical insurance specifically purchased for in-home private duty services
- Supplemental insurance purchased from Medicare
- Out of pocket payment
- Some long-term care insurance plans have in-home care policies
Private duty care is an excellent form of healthcare provided in your own home that can make the aging process less traumatic and stressful for you and for those that love and care for you. Having a professional care for you or a loved one provides companionship, peace of mind, and assurances that medications are being monitored, meals are being eaten, the home is being maintained and that independent and social activities are being attended. Before you or a loved one begins to feel any of these effects, make the call and see if a trained professional can help!
David L. Chilcote II, MSW
Clinical Counselor – Children’s Home Society of Florida
Discovery Village At West End offers a variety of senior living programs to keep seniors healthy and active. Learn about our senior living options and amenities today when you contact us at 804.375.4292.