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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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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

An Elder Care Attorney can guide families through this process. The process begins with a review of any Estate Planning Documents your grandfather may have (and if they don’t have any it is time to make sure they do). Estate planning documents would include Powers of attorney, medical directive, a... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

The steps you can take right now are to get as much education about this dreaded disease and also mentally prepare yourself. I can help with the first part, but preparing yourself mentally is always a tough one. I'll give you some advice on this as well. I would start with the Alzheimer's... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

Before I recommend the best way to find the right facility, I would first suggest that you talk to your aunt about how she feels about moving into a facility. "Slowing down" doesn't necessarily mean that one is ready or will ever be ready for a facility. If she is not ready and the concern is... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

So according to the 2015 "cost of care" published by Genworth, the Alabama state median is $3,075/month for a (private) one bedroom assisted living facility. In Mobile AL, the same setting is $3553/month. Highest in Alabama was in Anniston at $4150 and the lowest was Gadsden coming in at $250... more

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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

From a legal standpoint, you would want to find out if your grandma has a Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), which is a legal document that names an agent to make medical decisions on her behalf. Depending on how the AHCD is drafted, that agent should have authority to speak to your grandma's... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

There is a short answer to the question... Yes. Let me explain in more detail. A caregiver is there for support. Whether it be to care for the client or to provide respite care for the primary caregiver, that is the purpose for outsourcing this type of care. Before you contract with a home care... more

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Admond Fong
Admond Fong
Senior Specialist

Hospice care is known as end-of-life care, as life expectancy is less than six months. A team of health care professionals and volunteers provides the service. They give medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort... more

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and...  (more)We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families and loved ones. The material provided through our site is made available for informational purposes only. In no way should users of our site rely or act upon any information provided herein without seeking appropriate professional advice (medical, legal or financial). Users should independently verify the accuracy, completeness and relevance for their specific purposes. The information provided through our site is not intended to constitute professional advice and in no way forms or constitutes a professional-client relationship of any kind.
Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

I'm so sorry to hear this. Hospice is usually reserved for the final six months. Timing is tough to predict these matters. Since your mom is still under the care of her doctor, they would know when to transition her. With mom being in the home setting already this transition should be seamless... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

Think about it as medical vs. non-medical needs. Home health care (medical) is skilled medical services to help adults who are recovering from a hospital or facility stay and need additional medical support in their home. The services cover a variety of health care services that are given in the... more

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Admond Fong
Admond Fong
Senior Specialist

There are many options one can take when trying to hire a care giver. You can either hire direct (sites like: Care.com, Honor, HomeHero) or go through a care giving agency (companies like Visiting Angels, Home Instead, Senior Helpers). There are many differences between the two types one being the... more

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