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What is home care? Home care (non-medical), also known as in-home care, private duty or custodial care; is supportive care provided in the home to assist with daily living activities. Caregivers are... more
What is home care? Home care (non-medical), also known as in-home care, private duty or custodial care; is supportive care provided in the home to assist with daily living activities. Caregivers are trained to provide non-medical care to assist seniors with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, getting in and out of bed, and assistance with toilet. Other services that they can provide include: cooking, cleaning, laundry, transportation and other general assistance. Home care services allow people to remain at home rather than use residential, long-term or institutional nursing care. How do I pay for home care services? These services are usually paid with Long Term Care insurance or out of pocket. Services range from $15-35/hr depending on location and number of hours needed.
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Questions and Answers

Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

Sorry to hear that things are not working out. Medicaid is state run program and each state has different rules they follow. You can always request a different caregiver from the agency. You just to tell them that things are not working out. As for using someone else that might not be working... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

I would like to be clear of the understanding of companion care. Companionship care offers company and friendship to the loved one. Companions may help with certain household chores, but their primary purpose is to spend time with the patient. This is all non-medical care. I do know that Senior... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

I would only recommend going through an home care agency. There are agencies throughout the state of California. When you are searching for the right agency, keep in mind that the agencies that use W-2 employees are more likely to provide you with everything in their price. Using those type of... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

Thank you for reaching out. You are not alone. Buying in bulk from a warehouse style company like CostCo or SAMs can save you money rather than buying it at the local supermarket. Some local churches help their congregation with this. From time to time the Convalescent Aid Society has it for... more

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Admond Fong
Admond Fong
Senior Specialist

It sounds like you might be looking for a home care company vs. a home heath care company. Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

First, refer to an earlier article that discusses the differences between "Home Care" and "Home Healthcare". There is only 1 word that is different but both carry a completely different meaning and how they are paid. Visit...http://caregivinganswers.com/questions/what-is-the-difference-between... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

There are different places to look both within the church and outside the church. If you are looking for assistance outside the church a good place to start is the Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network Resource Center. They offer day-time and evening meeting groups. This will give you the... more

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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

From a legal stand point there a some key documents your grandfather should consider putting in place:A medical power of attorney, which nominates someone to make medical decisions;A financial power of attorney, which appoints an agent to make medical decisions; and Determine whether, depending on... more

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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

This is a great opportunity to be proactive. There are a couple essential documents to start with. The first two deal with incapacity: the power of attorney and advance health care directive. Each nominates a person or persons to handle your parents' financial and medical decisions during periods on... more

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Admond Fong
Admond Fong
Senior Specialist
In addition to Scot's response, there are also some instances where home care services are covered by Medicaid by that is dependent on need and State policy. It is best to check to a local state Medicaid expert to see you if your loved one can qualify for these benefits.
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