Assisted Living At Home - Supplementing what Medicare covers
This column supports the ever-changing needs and demands of family caregiving.
Thank you for the privilege of your time. For the last month, we have been discussing the needs of Katy (a long-distance caregiver in Florida with Dad in Oregon) who wanted to move her dad into an assisted living facility but COVID restrictions made that impossible.
I had recommended a level of care assessment and the respite reimbursement grant so that Katy could explore other options for care. Quite a few people have called asking about other care options when a loved one is not ready to move to a facility or elects to remain at home.
After a level of care assessment, here is an option for Katy’s father. This could help him stay at home or delay the need for a move into a facility. Here are the action steps:
Ask the doctor for a physical and occupational therapy safety evaluation. Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance will pay for it. A change in the function will help an elderly person qualify for skilled care at home. In Katy’s dad’s case, he would qualify for physical and occupational therapy, a social worker, a dietitian, and a home health aide.
Supplement care needs. Because Medicare does not provide many hours of care, Katy’s dad could supplement his care needs with a private caregiver, an agency caregiver, or even adult daycare or a combination of all. If she combines adult daycare and private home health aide services, she can slash the cost of care by twenty-five percent. If she explores the assisted living at home program at Comfort Makers, she would cut her cost of care by half!
Families select Comfort Makers for 3 big reasons!
- They DO NOT require a minimum number of hours
- You select the caregiver and hourly rate that you prefer to pay
- You get to see the drug screen, background check, and credentialing of the caregiver of your choice.
Comfort Makers and I are here to be of service to you 24/7, call or write and until then, take care, stay safe and be WELL.
– Katie Klem, Owner Comfort Makers