Statistical data demonstrates that 39.6 million people in the U.S. are 65-years-old or older. This number will increase to 72.1 million by 2030, according to Health and Human Services Administration on Aging.

We are getting older, and our worst fear is what happens when we can’t take care of ourselves or are unsafe doing it. The changes that occur with aging challenge our independence, creating the probable need for assistance in day-to-day, non-medical activities. The assistance may be as minimal as companionship and safety oversight while the client plays golf or goes on a shopping excursion, or as maximal as 24-hour care for clients who are unsafe to be alone. This is the benefit of home care.

These services can provide companionship or minimal assistance to constant hands on assistance with the activities of daily living or anything in between. Home care assists the client so that they maintain their independence and safely engage in living. The clients are doing the things they enjoy, while staying where they call home, giving their family members peace of mind and the ability to enjoy the natural familial relationship.

What Is Home Care?

It is a service provided by a licensed organization that provides non-medical care to clients in a variety of settings. This care is customized to meet the desires and needs of the client. Home care has been described as extension of the client’s family, being available when family members are unable. It has also been termed as the personal assistant services model, keeping the client engaged and independent as much as possible. These services are generally paid for out-of-pocket by the client or family. Long-term care insurance will also cover these services. Some of these types of policies were sold as riders on life insurance policies.

“Statistical data demonstrates that 39.6 million people in the U.S. are 65-years-old or older. This number will increase to 72.1 million by 2030, according to Health and Human Services Administration on Aging.”

Review these policies carefully, to determine if you are eligible for long-term care coverage benefits. Staying in your own environment, engaging with others, and finding meaning in the things you do contribute to a healthier more fulfilled life. Home care services assist you with achieving this.

Where Do I Find A Home Care Agency?

Having the information highway at your fingertips, allows you to find home care organizations and review and compare services to find the best fit for you or your family. Just type “home care” in the search engine and multiple listing will come up. Browse their websites. Also, The Department of Aging and Disability Services has a list of licensed providers that you can contact. Interview agencies discussing your needs and expectations to make sure they are a good fit.

Many home care organizations expect the client to adapt to their service model, which is somewhat generic and status quo instead of creating a tailored or concierge model for each and every client. You are paying for great services that should fit your individual needs and meet your expectations. Home care organizations must provide the service and experience that makes every client feel like they are the most important individual receiving their services while meeting their needs.

To quote Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Clients should “feel” the experience every single time, that’s the home care agency you’re looking for.

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