There comes a time in life, at least in the lives of those fortunate enough to grow old, when independence is no longer possible. Some people will accept this and plan for a future in which they will require assistance. Unfortunately, most people don’t accept the idea of elder care. And the responsibility for dealing with the needs of an elderly or disabled loved one often falls on the family members.
Where do you start if your parent has reached the point of requiring assistance, but still wants to stay home?
First, you have to decide what type of services are needed.
- Skilled care – This is the highest level of care and the services most likely to be covered by insurance, especially Medicare. Procedures such as wound care, infusion therapy, the physical or occupational therapy which require the presence of a nurse or therapist fall into this category.
- Personal care – When your loved one can no longer handle the activities that we all do on a daily basis, such as bathing, dressing, eating, going to the bathroom, a caregiver can help. They can assist with these and other daily tasks, such as taking walks and getting to appointments. This may be covered by Medicare.
- Custodial care – This is basically housekeeping, cleaning, laundry, and cooking. Medicare does not cover this service.
You probably have a good idea of what is needed for your loved one’s care, but you should talk to the doctor as well. And if your loved one is being discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation center, the doctors, the discharge planner and the social workers should be able to help you decide. They will also have the names of local home health care agencies that you can contact.
Hopkinton Home Care is a local agency founded by Bill Marr to help people by maximizing the strengths and experience he has gained during his time in both home care and senior care. The Hopkinton Home Care philosophy is to provide five-star quality home care services with an assisted living focus on the entire needs of each and every individual that we serve.
For 17 years, Bill worked at Golden Pond, the first free-standing assisted living facility in Massachusetts. Bill joined Golden Pond in their fourth year of existence and started in a management role with home care businesses that they owned and operated. In the 1990’s there were both Medicare certified and private duty agencies that provided service to the residents of Golden Pond as well as the surrounding communities.
In time, Bill recommended that the Medicare agency is sold and the private duty agency is folded back into the operations of Golden Pond due to regulatory changes in Massachusetts. In 2001, with those changes complete, Bill became the Executive Director of Golden Pond where he served the residents, their families, and the staff for 13 years.
Prior to his time at Golden Pond, Bill worked in operations for the VNA of Boston for 9 years who delivered home care services to thousands of individuals all over eastern Massachusetts. These experiences allowed Bill to gain experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors and to understand the benefits and limitations of each operating structure.
Today, Hopkinton Home Care is thriving going into its 5th year of business and helping families care for their loved ones as they enter the next phase of their lives.
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