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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Age-in-Place?
What is Home Care?
What is the difference between ADL and IADL?
The activities of daily living is assistance with personal care and the instrumental activities of living pertains is assistance with custodial care.
The Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
- Eating – assist with feeding recipient
- Bathing – assist care recipient in/out the bathtub/shower, bathing/drying, sponge bath
- Transferring – assist care recipient move from bed to wheelchair, from wheelchair to sofa
- Ambulating – providing physical support to enable care recipient to move about
- Personal Hygiene/Grooming – assist with oral, skin and nail care
- Dressing – assist care recipient put on/take off clothing
- Toileting – assist care recipient get on/off the toilet, bedpan
- Assistance with Self-Administered Medication – Assist care recipient manage/take medication (prescribed/over-the-counter) on time
The Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL)
- Healthy meal planning and preparation
- Emotional support through companionship
- Reminders to take medications
- Shopping and running errands
- Transportation and escorting to/from appointments
- Light housekeeping to make the environment safe
- Personal laundry care
- Help with caring for “non-aggressive (friendly)” Pets
When Is Non-medical Home Care Needed?
- You or your love one is no longer able to successfully manage the ADL like personal hygiene or the IADL like gathering and opening mail or paying bills
- You or your love one is forgetting to take or fill prescriptions for medications; taking medication different from the prescribed dosage
- Depression, loss of interest in pleasurable hobbies and activities sets in
- Noticeable decline in grooming habits, personal care, or unpleasant body odor becomes apparent
- You or your love one become confused when performing once-familiar tasks
- Important medical and other appointments are missed
- Unexplained bruising, cuts or abrasions
- You or your love one begin to experience difficulty in walking or balancing
- Dramatically increased forgetfulness occur
- You or your love one start to see bugs or rodents; increase in clutter or dirty laundry
Explain the difference between skilled and non-skilled home health services?
Skilled home health services require a doctor’s orders and non-skilled does not. Skilled care, which is a higher level of care than non-skilled care is furnished by trained clinicians such as licensed nurses (registered, vocational), therapists (physical, speech, occupational), social workers, registered dietitians, etc. Skilled care is also covered by insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.
Non-skilled care, also called non-medical home care, does not require a doctor’s order, is provided by caregivers who are unlicensed (certified nursing assistants, home health aides, homemakers, companions, and sitters), and depending on circumstances can be covered by insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. Beginning in 2019, certain Medicare Advantage Plans will start to cover non-medical home care.
What is Patient and Family Centered Care?
How Much Does It Cost?
What Services Do You Offer?
Is Non-medical Home Care Covered By Insurance?
Insurance and Medicare
If the doctor writes a script for non-medical homecare, it is covered by insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. Non-skilled home care services will be allowed as a supplemental benefit for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in 2019. For more information contact a Medicare specialist.
Provides benefits for individuals requiring assistance with the activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living.
Veterans Affairs Benefits
Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound may be eligible for additional monetary payment.
For more information go to Veterans Affairs.
Who Are The Caregivers?
Ability Homecare caregivers are professionally trained, skilled and experienced in providing non-medical home care services to adults and seniors. Caregivers are registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), certified nursing assistants (CNA), certified home health aides (HHA), homemakers, companions and sitters.
Every caregiver is thoroughly background screened and must pass rigorous checks and balances before hired by our agency.
Can I Choose My Caregiver?
Ability Homecare will introduce the care recipient with 2-3 caregivers to interview and select from. Information obtained from the individual consultation and client assessment is used to match the care recipient with the best qualified caregiver.