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Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Home Care Questions

Specialty Care Services answers frequently asked home care questions.
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Specialty Care Services answers frequently asked home care questions.

You’re feeling concerned that Mom may possibly need some professional help at home, and so obviously, you know exactly where to go for that help, right? No? Rest assured – you are not alone. Millions of people in the United States alone are confronted by the same challenge, and most people don’t know much about home care services until the need for care occurs. If you have home care questions, you aren’t alone. 

If you’re in the preliminary stages of investigating home care solutions, it’s helpful to have some insight into what exactly home care is and how it works. To assist you along this journey, the trained and experienced team at Specialty Care Services, providers of Silver Spring home care and care in nearby areas, has provided some commonly asked questions about home care, 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. While it’s true that Medicare might pay for some home health care costs within very specific parameters, it is not currently intended to cover long-term in-home care.

Q: Is it less expensive to hire a caregiver privately than working with a professional home care provider?

A: No. Although in the beginning it might seem that hiring a caregiver independently is more cost-effective than hiring a caregiver through a professional home care agency, there are many unexpected costs when hiring a private caregiver. For instance, with a privately hired caregiver, you are the caregiver’s employer, meaning it’s your duty to cover taxes, worker’s compensation, and more. When working through a home care agency, you never have to worry about or cover the cost for any of these things. 

Q: Is home care a suitable choice for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease?

A: Yes. Specialty Care Services provides highly skilled, experienced Alzheimer’s and dementia care in the Silver Spring, MD area. Our caregivers receive ongoing training on how to provide the highest quality support to seniors with dementia, offering families much-needed breaks from care and peace of mind.

Q: What do ADL and IADL mean?

A: ADL refers to Activities of Daily Living, or activities that take place every day, like bathing, getting dressed, transferring from the bed to a chair, walking, etc. IADL refers to Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, and covers such activities as managing home expenses, shopping, using the phone, etc. ADLs and IADLs are evaluated when establishing which level of care is ideal for a senior. 

Specialty Care Services can help older adults with both ADLs and IADLs, resulting in safer, more comfortable, and more independent lives at home.

We know you most likely have some additional home care questions, and we’re here to provide the answers you need. Contact us online or call us any time at 301-585-6300 to learn more about our Silver Spring home health care and care in the encompassing areas.

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