Why hire in-home care givers?
- Home care is the most flexible care option: if it’s not working, you can easily change it or terminate it
- Receiving in home care is the most convenient and least disruptive form of care available. Many seniors need a little help, not a new environment.
- Research from Seniorliving.org indicates that, given their choice, 90% of seniors want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
- The same research claims that there are many psychological benefits from remaining at home, which help people recover from health setbacks faster. People are happier (and therefore healthier) when they are able to live independently, and can maintain a sense of privacy that only comes from sleeping in their own bed, in their own room.
- Home care can be the most cost-effective option. According to a national Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey
- Nursing homes cost an average of $200/day for a semi-private room
- Assisted living facilities in the New England area cost between $6500-$10,000/month
- In-home health aide care costs as little as average of $25/hour
- Most agencies train their home health aides in Alzheimer’s care
- Most agencies do not charge an additional fee for Alzheimer’s care
- Home care is often used to supplement a primary care giver’s assignment. For example, if you are caring for a loved one 24/7, in-home care can provide some much-needed relief.
Why hire PNPS?
- We are a family-owned and operated with nearly 40 years of business and caregiving experience.
Not only are we second-generation providers, many of our clients are second generation patients, as well.
- Unlike most national agencies, we establish a personal relationship with our clients, which begins with the first phone call.
- We are as flexible as our clients’ needs dictate.
- PNPS developed its own proprietary training program for Home Health Aides which has been recognized and used by other agencies to train interested candidates. We have been hired to provide this training at the Irish Immigration Center of Boston, and bi-annually to communities in the Metro West region.
- All of our workers are professionally trained, bonded and insured.
Who receives in-home care?
- Adults who have mobility issues, suffer from weakened muscles, exhaustion, are slow-walking, suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, or have experienced a stroke.
- Adults who want to remain independent in their own home.
- Adult children or looking for agencies to help care for their elderly parents at home.
- Outpatient workers in hospitals, geriatric care managers, elder care professionals and social workers.
Is Private Duty Home Care covered under Medicare?
No. Private Duty Home Care fills in the gaps in care that Medicare does not address.
Some clients and families erroneously believe that Medicare will reimburse them for personal care services, medication reminder services, companion services, etc. Unless discharged from a hospital or skilled nursing facility, families must pay for these home care services privately. Clients may activate a long-term care insurance policy which may reimburse portions of the private duty services, depending on the individual policy.
What’s the difference between Medicare-reimbursed care and non-Medicare reimbursed care?
At age 65, people become Medicare eligible, which means the federal government’s health insurance plan for elders can become their primary health insurance.
Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care and some home health care.
Part B covers certain doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies and preventive services.
Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans) is a type of Medicare plan offered by a private company that supplements Medicare and provides Part A and Part B benefits.
Part D covers prescription drugs. More information is available at https://www.medicaremadeclear.com/basics/medicare-vs-medicaid and What’s The Difference Between Medicare And Medicaid? | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/07/medicare-vs-medicaid.asp#ixzz4ZWKNCLlA
What’s the difference between Visiting Nurses Association care and PNPS?
VNAs are Medicare Reimbursable and provide in-home services based on the discharge requirements of a client from a hospital or skilled rehabilitation facility. VNAs employ physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapy and hospice specialists in addition to nurses. These services are not indefinite in length; they discontinue when VNAs feel clients have gained ‘enough’ strength.
PNPS Home Care Services last as long as a patient desires. Clients set the schedule and select the staff.
Are there services that you do not provide?
We do not provide physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy.
- What are some of the other issues that I need to consider regarding my aging parents?
There are many issues, but just as many resources. You can increase your knowledge by perusing any of the following subjects online:
- Growing old with your parents
- Anxiety and depression among the elderly
- Safety concerns for the elderly
- Estate planning with parents
- Human rights for the elderly
- Scams that target the elderly
- Warning signs of dementia