Questions to Ask a Caregiver Agency as You Explore Home Care Options

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Be sure to get answers to these questions before engaging the services of a caregiver agency.

You’re beginning to become concerned that Mom might be in need of some help at home, and so obviously, you know exactly where to go for that help, right? No? Take heart – you’re not alone. Millions of people in the United States alone are confronted by the same predicament, and most people don’t know a lot about home care services until the need for care arises.

If you’re in the initial stages of considering home care choices, it’s helpful to have some understanding of what exactly home care is and how it works. To assist you along this journey, the trusted team at Endeavor In-Home Care, providers of in-home care in Chandler and nearby areas, has pulled together some questions to ask a caregiver agency about in-home care services, along with the appropriate answers to help you make better, more informed care decisions for your loved one.

Q: Will Medicare pay for long-term in-home care?

A: No. Although it’s true that Medicare may pay for some home health care costs within very specific parameters, it was never intended to cover long-term in-home care.

Q: Is it more cost-effective to hire a caregiver privately than partnering with a professional home care agency?

A: No. Although initially it may seem that hiring an independent caregiver is more cost-effective than hiring a caregiver through a professional home care agency, there are a number of hidden costs when hiring a private caregiver. For example, with a privately hired caregiver, you are the caregiver’s employer, meaning it is your obligation to cover taxes, worker’s compensation, and more. When working with a home care agency, you never have to worry about or pay for any of these things.

Q: Is home care an ideal choice for a senior with dementia?

A: Yes. Endeavor In-Home Care provides highly skilled, compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Chandler and surrounding areas. Our caregivers receive ongoing training on how to provide the highest quality support to older adults, providing families much-needed breaks from care.

Q: What do ADL and IADL stand for?

A: ADL stands for Activities of Daily Living, or activities that happen every day, including taking a shower, dressing, transferring from the bed to a chair, walking, etc. IADL stands for Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, and covers such activities as managing household finances, shopping, using the phone, etc. ADLs and IADLs are assessed when determining which level of care is suitable for a senior.

Endeavor In-Home Care can help seniors with both ADLs and IADLs, resulting in safer, more comfortable, and more independent lives at home.

We know you most likely have some further questions about in-home care, and we’re always here to provide the answers you need. You can reach us any time at 480-498-2324 to learn more about our home care services.