Long-Term Care Options Defined

Long-Term Care Options Defined

April 9, 2013 - 10:45 am

There’s no one way to plan for long-term care, but there is a right way for your loved one! Finding the type of care that best suits his or her needs and wishes can be overwhelming, however, as there are several options available. To help your family make informed decisions when planning care, we’ve defined the following care options:

In-home care: Individualized assistance in a home, either the frail person’s or a family member’s home. Can be non‑skilled, like companion-housekeeper assistance, or, depending on state licensure, can be a CNA or a nurse. Usually paid out of pocket, through long‑term care insurance or by Medicaid.

Medicare home health: Is generally called “Home Health Care” and is a term used to refer to Medicare‑certified agencies that provide services which are paid for by Medicare. Medicare is not, and was never intended to provide, long‑term in‑home care. It is “reimbursement driven”, meaning that the patient has to fit into a specific category for which care is reimbursed by Medicare.

Adult day care: A planned program of activities designed to promote wellbeing though social- and health-related services. Adult day care centers operate during daytime hours, Monday through Friday, in a safe, supportive, cheerful environment. Nutritious meals that accommodate special diets are typically included, along with an afternoon snack.

Assisted living: For those needing assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) but wishing to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Retirement home: Retirement center/congregate care facility: large group real estate developments offering variable non‑medical and medically assisted lifestyle packages.

If you would like to further discuss the options for long-term care, or learn more about the in-home care services Partners in Healthcare provides, contact us in Orlando, FL to learn more. You can also follow us on Facebook at HomeCareOrlando.

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