Primary caregivers, you’re not alone. There are at-home personal care services that will help you with the proper care of your loved one.
At home personal care services are designed for individuals who are beginning to lose or have lost their ability to manage their daily needs. Personal care is usually provided by a close family member, but this can be a difficult and draining responsibility for them, especially if their loved one becomes highly dependent on them.
By bringing in a well-trained individual, you will be able to get some relief, which will help you to feel rejuvenated and ready to return to providing aid to your aging loved one. Some of the tasks a personal care service can provide include helping with bathing, feeding, and dressing.
There are many insurance carriers and programs that will help to cover the cost of a personal care service, but most require an evaluation to determine the level of need on a case-by-case basis. Fortunately, Medicaid covers almost three quarters of the individuals that qualify for personal care services. The basic qualifications to determine whether someone qualifies for these services include:
- Being 60 years old or older
- Having a disability and being between the ages of 18-60
In addition, they should not be able to perform tasks associated with daily living, or they’re functionally impaired.
There’s no reason to postpone the search for help. Chances are you will also receive monetary support to help cover these services.
When you’re the primary caregiver for an individual who once led an invigorating lifestyle, it can be hard to separate the person you once knew from the individual he or she has become. This can be emotionally draining and overwhelming.
Now you may have to dramatically alter your lifestyle to incorporate care for your loved one. You need your independence as well, however; by hiring a personal care assistant service, you can retain a life of your own during a difficult time. You will be able to maintain a semblance of your own customary routines and lifestyle.
You may continue your work, and even schedule certain for your personal needs and obligations. A personal care service supports a more satisfying life because you won’t get cut off from your social network. You don’t have to lose yourself in service to your loved one.
Your loved one who needs a personal care assistant is likely struggling with the change in their life. It often features a role reversal, when those who end up caring for the aging person are often their own children. Your loved one doesn’t want to feel like a burden, and by bringing in outside assistance, you will alleviate the emotional pain of this transition.
In addition, your aging loved one will have other individuals to interact with, which can help them to feel less socially isolated. When you provide home care for your loved one instead of institutional care, they can enjoy more interaction with family, which can be crucial for their mental well-being.
Culturally-based home care is vital for maintaining the comfort of the loved one who receives it. It’s also important for the family to feel comfortable with the new situation.
We strive to be the next best thing when family is not there, and we believe the best way to do that is to help your loved one feel safe, cared for, valued, and productive. In addition to being sensitive to the needs of the individual and the family, we also provide multilingual staffing options.
Contact your private insurance and Medicaid as soon as possible to set up an evaluation and get more support. You don’t have to do this alone!
MDC Healthcare delivers customizable, affordable, and culturally sensitive in-home health services to communities in Georgia.