How To Start Home Care For a Loved One

Leaving behind a home full of memories is hard for many seniors. Moreover, leaving their homes to live in a retirement community can feel like giving up more of their independence than they’d like.

Home care makes it possible for many seniors to continue living in their homes, with just the right amount of assistance so they can be safe and still feel independent. 

But how do you get started? Let’s find out. 

What Is Home Care?

In-home care allows an elderly person who needs a bit of assistance to continue living independently in their home. It is also helpful for you if you have a parent living in your home but need a bit of help with their care.

Home care workers can help with the following:

  • Personal care needs: grooming/bathing, getting dressed, meal preparation, mobility, etc.
  • Emotional/social needs: social interaction, help with hobbies, interests, appointments, etc.
  • Medication reminders and help with personalized sleep and eating routines
  • Housekeeping: light housekeeping tasks, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. 

Mobility issues or other troubles that your loved one faces may make many of these routine tasks a bit challenging. However, they are still capable of living on their own with just a touch of help. 

Accepting Home Care

Some seniors may be reluctant to accept senior care. A couple of common reasons for this reluctance is an unwillingness to admit they need help and financial concerns. 

For the first concern, there are a few strategies that can help. 

  • Tell them the help is for you, not them
  • Get them involved in choosing the aide so they feel more in control
  • Start with just a day or two a week to get them used to the idea
  • Tell them it’s only temporary (depending on memory level)

For the second concern, sit down and show them your plan to pay for it. Home care is much more affordable than your loved one might be imagining. Plus, it may be fully or partially covered by insurance.

For example, here at Home Insite, we accept the following:

  • Private Pay
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Medicaid Waivers
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Veterans Vet Assist

Additionally, if these providers don’t cover the whole bill, we will work with you and your loved one to develop an affordable care plan. Your loved one doesn’t want to feel like a financial burden — and they don’t have to be!

Reach Out for a Free Consultation

To see if home care is right for you and your loved one, reach out to us here at Home Insite today. We’ll sit down with you for a free assessment to determine the level of care that your loved one may need and work out a budget.

Remember, caring for an elderly loved one can be hard. You might feel guilty handing them off to a stranger, but that’s not what home care is. Home care gives you the peace of mind that your loved one has what they need above and beyond the love and support that you already offer.

Contact us today to get started!