You might have a loved one who needs home care assistance after surgery or home care after short term rehab. As someone who is assumed to be the primary caregiver, it is important to understand what is involved so you can decide if you need assistance.
As the person tasked with caring for the patient, you will be required to be on-site and available whenever needed. You will also be required to help the patient take a shower, change their clothes, and other aspects of general grooming, as well as possibly keeping them entertained. However, most of all, you will have to be there for emotional support. Now, if you don’t have the time or can’t be there 24/7, then you’ll need assistance.
What is Home Care Assistance?
In the simplest terms, home care assistance means helping to take care of a person who is disabled or is recovering from surgery. While home care tends to cover a broad range of support services, all of which are non-medical, there are some overlapping services, especially with senior care or brain/memory issues. So, even if you have a senior or someone with memory issues who needs constant monitoring and attention, then too, you will need home care assistance.
Generally speaking, the difference between senior care and adult care is distinguished in the approach of the caregiver. Seniors have different needs compared to a young person recovering from surgery.
Finding a Home Care Service Provider
Finding professional home care after short term rehab will require that you tap into local resources. Find out from your community who and what is available by searching online, asking people on forums and groups, through the hospital/clinic/rehab center case manager. Many companies and agencies offer non-medical home care services, and some are exclusive to home care for adults.
Will Insurance Foot the Bill?
While you might expect that health insurance will foot the bill for post-surgical home care, that isn’t always the case. It depends on your insurance policy. Call your insurance service provider to find out if adult home care is included in the policy.
If the health insurance does not pay for the care, then it will need to come out of your pocket. In that case, you’ll want to shop around for the most cost-effective solution.
Speak to Your Loved One
Since it is your loved one who will receive home help after surgery, it is important to get their input, too.
Find out what they want and what they think of having a professional around them. It is important to work things out with the person being cared for so that they see you have their best interests in mind. And, for them to get used to the idea that a stranger will be in their home while they are recovering.
Seeking home care assistance is often something that many people find challenging. However, with an understanding of what is needed and what it will cost, it becomes easier to find post-surgical home care that works best in your situation.
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