Home Care

Home care is non-medical services that assist individuals with activities of daily living. These include such things as eating, bathing, dressing, housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, or a driving to appointments.

Home Care can be regarded as a part of respite care that gives families temporary relief from the responsibility of caring for family members who are unable to care for themselves.

One of the major issues concerning senior homecare is affordability. While homecare is most frequently a private pay situation, there are options, such as paying with long-term care insurance policies or even finding a trusted family member or friend to watch over the elderly individual. Make sure you research your senior homecare options fully before making any decisions though.

Home Health Care and Home Care can be compared as follow:

Services Home Health Care Home Care
Doctor prescribed X
Skilled Care by nurses or health aids X
Administering medications X
Giving Medication Reminders X
Help with activities of daily living (ADL) or instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) X X
Specialized services such as rehab X
Light housekeeping (minimal) X
Transportation X
Payment Options Medicare, Medigap, Managed Care, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits and Private Pay (usually a combination) Medigap (only a few and if person is also receiving home health care), LTCI, Private Pay

Dane County Home Care Resources
There are three types of senior home care options: full-service agencies, referral agencies, and private-hire caregivers. While the first two provide services such as pre-screening and reference checking, the third option requires you to check references and screen applicants yourself.

Full-service agencies cover many of the important employment aspects in hiring a caregiver:

List of Dane County Resources

Volunteer Based Home Chore Services