How many times I have read on the internet how people are struggling to help their elderly parents with their healthcare needs, or that a spouse has been injured and really needs a lot of care at least for a while. Meanwhile that person, usually the female is left to juggle running between caring for her children, her elderly parent and/or her spouse. This is definitely not an easy burden to bear and one that can be lessened if you take the time to do a little research. I have been extremely lucky that my Mom is in good health and hasn’t needed any help other then taking her food shopping on occasion (she needs me to carry the bundles upstairs). However, that doesn’t mean that I may not need these home care services someday. What if she falls and breaks a hip? I am not strong enough to take physical care of her. I would definitely need someone to come to her house and help me out!
Your first step should be to speak to the doctor and ascertain what type of care they need and for how long. Many insurance companies will pick up at least some of the cost of in home care services. It is worth a phone call, especially if the person just got out of the hospital or is so incapacitated that they can not even bath themselves, or get to the bathroom without assistance but wish to remain in their own homes.
There are companies all over this country that specialize in home nursing and out patient care and I would be willing to bet that they will help you get reimbursement. Even if you only need a couple of hours a day of help most of these companies can accommodate you—24 hour care is also available. There are also different levels of care—you don’t necessarily need the services of an RN—maybe an LPN or a Nurses Aide will be sufficient.
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