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    September 1, 2000 Choosing A Caregiver/Home Care Aid By: Gail R Mitchell
    At times we all find ourselves needing assistance. In providing for someone with a disability, disease or long term illness, their needs and types of assistance can vary from simple companionship to bathing, dressing, shopping and preparing foods. In more serious stages your loved one may require assistance with surgical dressings, I.V. infusion therapies, administration of medications and more. Generally speaking, home care services are secured when the carerecipient does not require or want some form of institutional care. These services can be provided by a home health care agency, a visiting nurse agency, a homemaker service, or a physical or occupational therapist. Home care is becoming the more popular option especially when the elderly are concerned. There are also home care agencies who will assess the needs of your loved one. They provide a variety of home care help to take blood tests, administer special medications and intravenous feeding, catheterization,attend to wounds, and offer physical, speech and occupational therapies. These services are provided by trained professionals. They may be registered nurses, licensed practial nurses, social workers, licensed therapists and personal home care assistants. The agency may send these individuals in addition to the daily home aid who functions as the primary caregiver. The agency's fee is usually billed by the visit or the hour. Your doctor may prescribe specific home care needs which may be covered under your insurance. Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, Veterans or supplemental insurance may or may not cover these services so it is important that you review the coverage permitted for your loved one. Payment and billing arrangements can be made with the agency if you are required to secure these services on your own. By staying informed and researching your options carefully, you will be able to provide volunteer or fee paid services for your loved one to help them maintain the quality of their life while living in the comfort of their own home. Check Lists You May Print Out: Home Health Care Agency Evaluation
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