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What Is Private, In-home Care?

What Is Private, In-home Care?

AccuCare in-home caregivers provide a broad range of services including personal care, light housework, meal preparation, bill paying and transportation services.

We can provide whatever our clients or their families need in order for them to remain living where they most want to be, in their homes, as long as possible.

  • AccuCare services empower clients to continue to live independently.
  • Our services are paid for privately, as opposed to through Medicare or Medicaid.
  • Our care services can occur virtually anywhere.
  • Our care does not have to be ordered by a physician.
  • Skilled services are not a requirement but are available.
  • Our care services can supplement or interface with Medicare, hospice or private hired caregivers.
  • Our services provide peace of mind to families.

AccuCare offers a free initial consultation, completed by a RN, to help determine the right type of care for your individual needs. Care that comes from our heart, provided in your home.

Evaluating Your Loved One’s Needs

When exploring care options for a family member, the best course of action is to start by determining their needs. Consider these questions:

What would be the highest quality living experience for your loved one?

If they wish to stay where they currently reside, what do they need to make it a “safe environment” based on their current perceived mental capabilities?

Moving forward, how can AccuCare help them achieve the highest quality of life with the greatest amount of independence?

How can we give your loved one maximum mental/emotional support while maintaining their dignity?

Working together, we can create a plan that meets your loved one’s needs, and enhances their life. For a free, no obligation nursing assessment, call 314.692.0020.

Choosing A Private, In-Home Care Provider

Choosing A Private, In-Home Care Provider

If you or your family are in need of in-home care services, here are a few important questions you should ask about an agency and its caregivers:

  1. Do the caregivers work as employees of a licensed “home healthcare agency,” or is it merely a “registry” for independent contractors?
  2. Is the staff bonded and insured by the agency?
  3. Are caregivers paid through the agency or directly by the client after each visit?
  4. Who is responsible if caregivers are injured in your home — the agency or the client/family?
  5. Is there a registered nurse on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for medical emergencies?
  6. Does the agency conduct background and reference checks, drug testing, health testing and skill competency levels for each caregiver?

Supplementing Existing Private Care or Medicare/Hospice

Medicare will pay for home health visits when authorized by a physician. The client must be homebound and show a need for skilled services. Services are generally approved in eight-week increments. The types of skilled services that are included are listed below.

Skilled Nursing: Your physician can authorize visits from one to seven times a week. Medicare will provide a registered nurse who will teach, provide an assessment and a care plan (for your caregivers) and keep in contact with your physician regarding your care.Social Services: Medicare will provide a social worker that can provide counseling for community resource planning and help with the emotional and physical transition families can experience as a result of illness. Physical, Occupational and/or Speech Therapy: Your physician may authorize one or all of these services based on your diagnosis and need. Services usually range from three times a week to daily visits.Nurse Aide: The registered nurse assigned to a Medicare case will provide the outline for the “hands on” care provided by the nurse aide. Services must include personal care, but the aide can also assist with a light meal, linen changes and a few household chores. The nurse aide visit should last 45 minutes to an hour and can be authorized daily if required.

Medicare home care is typically short-term care for transitioning patients from hospital to home. Hospice provides care for those diagnosed with a terminal illness. Private, in-home care is a longer-term commitment for those needing more consistent, daily care.

Some examples of what Medicare does not pay for:

  • 24-hour-a-day care at home
  • Meals delivered to your home
  • Homemaker services like shopping, cleaning and laundry when this is the only care you need and when these services aren’t related to your approved plan of care
  • Personal care given by nurse aides, such as bathing, dressing and using the bathroom when this is the only care you need

AccuCare can help fill the care gaps that are sometimes left with Medicare or hospice, by working hand-in-hand with those agencies to provide a total care solution.

Some long-term care policies may cover private, in-home care costs. AccuCare can help determine if your insurer covers the services you need. We can help you file claims or provide any necessary documentation required by your insurance company.