Senior Living at Country Meadows Retirement Communities
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We have put together resources to help you think through what you or your loved ones will need as they age. How do you prepare for a new chapter in your life? When is it time to make a move? We want to help you put together a plan and make the right choices for you.

What is the difference between in-home care and home health?

As you consider care for yourself or a senior loved one, you likely have learned there are many care options. And for those seniors preferring to remain in their homes, there are services available based on need and situation. You may be left questioning which is right for you or your family. Below are helpful details about home service options for seniors.

Home Health (medical)

Home health providers administer medical services or in-home therapy by nurses or certified therapists in most cases right after a hospital or rehabilitation stay. A doctor may suggest this service to aid a patient during post-surgery recovery. Depending on the need, these services are intended for short-term care for one to two hours a day.

Medicare pays for certain home health care services if you meet certain eligibility criteria and if the services are considered reasonable and necessary for the treatment of your illness or injury.

In-Home Care (non-medical)

In-home personal care or private-duty care can be a helpful solution to seniors wishing to stay as independent in their homes as possible or family member and spouses who need extra help or even a break from caregiving. Care may include getting your day started, assisting you around the house, keeping you company, driving you to the store, bank, or doctor’s appointments, or even reminding you to take your medications. These services are based on your needs and can be for a few hours a couple of times a week up to 24 hours a day for as long as you need.

Clients pay for these services directly. Depending on the terms, a long-term care insurance policy may cover some or all of the cost.

Who are the best candidates for in-home care?

  • Seniors who no longer drive and need transportation or an opportunity to get out of the house
  • Seniors needing an extra hand with their household, hygiene, errands or appointments on a daily or weekly basis
  • Seniors looking for simple assistance to get oriented the first few days back from surgery
  • Spouses seeking help tending to loved ones during their recovery
  • Families unable to care for their loved ones during the day while at work
  • Caregivers who need scheduled breaks from caring for a loved one with dementia
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