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  • Wednesday, July 18 2018

Frequently Asked Questions about Elder, Older Adult and Senior Care

What is home care and how does it differ from home healthcare?

In its truest meaning, home care refers to any type of care (medical or non-medical) that is provided for the client in their home. In recent years, however, there has been a slight shift in terminology. While home care can be used to describe both medical and non-medical care, typically "home care" refers to non-medical care such as companionship/homemaking services and personal care services, while "home healthcare" refers to the provision of skilled nursing care and other care such as speech, physical or occupational therapy.

What services does Home Health Solutions Group’s provide?

Home Health Solutions Group provides companionship services such as meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, grocery shopping/errands, incidental transportation, medication reminders, grooming, live-in service and respite care. We also provide personal care services such as bathing, grooming, and hygiene, mobility assistance, transferring and positioning, toileting and incontinence and feeding/special diet assistance. Some offices provide Dementia/Alzheimer’s care and Home Health Care. Services vary by the Counties we serve in Florida

How are Home Health Solutions Group caregivers selected?

Each caregiver at Home Health Solutions Group, is an employee who is carefully screened and trained before caring for a client. Each must undergo a rigorous process including national and local criminal background checks, DMV, and personal and professional reference checks. Must have complete over ten in-service courses and attend yearly in-service course as well as monthly agency in-services. In addition, Home Health Solutions has a quality improvement plan in process that review, examine and supervise our employees while caring for your love ones. All Home Health Solutions personnel are, insured for our clients’ peace-of-mind. We strive to hire the very best caregivers to become Home Health Solutions Group’s qualified caregivers, because we only hire people we would want to care for a member of our own family.

How much does in-home care cost?

We work with different government programs, Long Term Care Insurance Companies and Private Pay, therefor we encourage you to contact your local office directly for a complete list of products and services available, as well as the rates for your area.

Are services available 24 hours, 7 days a week?

Yes. Services are available for as little as a few hours a visit up to 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Do you provide services to those in nursing homes or assisted living communities?

Yes. Home Health Solutions Group can provide companionship or personal care to residents at assisted living communities and nursing homes who may desire additional attention or personalized care.

Is there a written plan of care for each client? Is it modified and if so, how often?

Home Health Solutions Group develops an individualized and completely confidential Plan of Care for each client. The purpose is to document the type of care services needed and when the client would like to initiate care. Once the client, and family members, and local office agrees on the Care Plan, the office staff will use that information to recommend the caregiver who will be delivering the service, establish the schedule and agree to the monitoring and communication. Care Pans are reviewed with the client and family regularly, but always meeting state regulations. The review is an important process to ensure the client is receiving the appropriate level of care and is pleased with the caregiver providing the care.

Will I have the same caregiver all the time? How will I meet my Caregiver?

During the initial conversation and the in-home visit, the Client Care Coordinator will document the services required and the client's preferences for a caregiver match. Then, the Client Care Coordinator selects the best caregiver fit for the client and will arrange an introduction between the client and the caregiver, and to introduce the member of this new team. During that meeting, all the involved parties review the Care Plan to ensure that everyone agrees and understands what services are to be provided.

What if my Caregiver is sick or on vacation?

Each Home Health Solutions Group’s office employs a team of caregivers so that your care service will not be interrupted if someone gets sick or goes on vacation. If your caregiver is unavailable, the Client Care Coordinator will arrange another caregiver and will contact you in advance of the change. The Client Care Coordinator will also introduce the interim caregiver to you and review your Care Plan with the interim caregiver prior to service. Our goal is to ensure that services are provided as expected. Your safety and security are a top priority.

What are ADLs and IADLs?

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) include the basic tasks essential for day-to-day functioning, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and toileting. Many elders, older adults and seniors who require help with such activities are largely independent, but may require help with one or two ADLs. In some cases, intermittent help from a family member or friend may be all that is needed. However, in many cases, particularly when family or friends are unavailable and the importance of scheduling these activities is critical, informal care arrangements may not be adequate.
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) are considered those activities which are less basic than the traditional ADLs. IADLs, nevertheless, are important in enhancing a client’s quality of life. IADLs include such activities as shopping, paying bills, cleaning, doing the laundry and meal preparation. Many elders, older adults and seniors require assistance with IADLs rather than ADLs. Some elder, older adults and seniors want someone to escort them when they are shopping and help them avoid situations that might cause them to fall. Other elder, older adults and seniors may welcome assistance with their bill paying and medical appointments. Home Health Solutions Group offers an array of companionship and homemaking services to assist our clients with the IADLs. Please contact the Home Health Solutions Group office near you or your loved one for more information.