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New toHome Care?

You are not alone. While almost every family in America will encounter needing help in caring for an aging family member or friend, most are approaching this decision for the first time. Essential Care has worked with thousands of families as they transition some or all of the home care needs of a loved one to a skilled professional.

From help with daily tasks to ensuring proper personal care, engaging interaction and companionship to assistance with errands and household chores, we provide non-skilled assistance to seniors and peace of mind to those who love them.

Caring for a senior requires a certain temperament and skill. The EssentialCare method has been utilized for years and is designed to prevent the issues that too often beset our seniors – falling, wandering, bed sores and household injuries. It is also well documented that families who exclusively care for their own seniors double their risk of stress, depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, job loss and even severe illness. In a parent/child relationship, this can be equally stressful for the senior. Allow us to partner with you in helping your senior age with dignity and grace – allowing you and your senior to get the most out of your remaining years together.

Are you looking for companionship for your parent or grandparent, or skilled nursing care beyond what your insurance will cover? Perhaps you’re having surgery and will require help bathing, dressing and getting in and out of bed for a few weeks after being discharged from the hospital. Maybe you aren’t sure what you or your loved one needs and would like a professional to assess the situation and help you find the right service. When you need home care that is not fully covered by insurance, Partners in Care can provide the private care that fits your individual needs.

 

How Do You Find Home Care Services?

Finding the home care provider best suited for your needs requires research, but it is time well spent. Important factors include the quality of care, availability of needed services, personnel training and expertise, and coverage provided by the payor. Before starting a search, it is important to determine which types of services you need. You may wish to consult with your physician, a hospital discharge planner, or a social service organization, such as an Area Office on Aging, for assistance in evaluating your needs. Once you've completed this assessment, you will be able to identify the type of home care provider most appropriate to assist you.

Fortunately most communities have a variety of providers to choose from. Your physician or hospital discharge planner can help you locate home care providers in your area. Contact your state's departments of health, aging, and social services to obtain a list of licensed agencies. In addition, most state home care and hospice associations maintain directories of existing home care organizations and can assist you in identifying an appropriate provider.


The cost of Care

Home care is often a less costly alternative to a nursing home or an assisted living facility, and services provided by a licensed agency have immeasurable benefits.

Working with experienced, compassionate caregivers means that you or your loved one can continue to live at home—safely, securely, and as independently as possible. Family members can rest assured that their loved ones’ medical and personal needs are met by professionals who are screened for compatibility and trained to deal with the challenges presented by specific conditions.

Live-in care is quoted on a daily basis; however, the caregiver will likely be available one or a certain number of times per night. If an older adult has confusion with time or if they are not sleeping through the night, more shifts of caregivers or care providers may be necessary.

Hourly care ranges between $18 and $30 an hour for non-medical staff.
Licensed staff pricing for nurses, mental health specialists and therapists varies, based on need. These services may, for a short period of time, be prescribed by a physician and paid partially by Medicare. Should you have this skilled need, we can refer you to one of our partners.

Who Pays For Home Care Services?

Home care services can be paid for directly by the patient and his or her family members or through long term care insurance and workers' compensation. Some areas have medicaid programs that pay for this service.

If you have a skilled need, this can be paid through a variety of public and private sources. One of our partners will review these options with you.

Hospice care generally is provided regardless of the patient's and/or family's ability to pay. Public third-party payors include Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, the Veterans Administration, and Social Services block grant programs. Some community organizations, such as local chapters of the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Association, and the National Easter Seal Society, also provide funding to help pay for home care services. Private third-party payers include commercial health insurance companies, managed care organizations, CHAMPUS, and workers' compensation.


How We Can Help?

EssentialCare helps seniors with their daily activities, enabling them to remain in the comfort of familiar surroundings. For those already in assisted living or other facilities, we will also provide them the personalized care we have become known for. Seniors get the choice and dignity they want, and their loved ones receive the peace of mind they deserve.

Why Choose Us?

  • EssentialCare offers a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee.”
  • EssentialCare’s emphasis on quality and transparency provides comfort to all involved.
  • Simply, we allow seniors the choice they want and loved ones the peace of mind they desire.
  • EssentialCare’s FREE care assessment helps you make the best decision for your loved ones.
  • Once the best care decision is made, you are carefully matched with an exceptional caregiver.
  • For your comfort, you are welcome to review your caregiver’s profile before service begins.
  • We know your time is important. Care services can begin within hours of the selection process.
  • A care manager is available to you 24/7, toll free! No answering machines or phone services.
  • Our caregivers are reliable, responsible, and genuinely interested in caring for your loved ones.
  • Our automated time reporting system ensures dependable care, every time.



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