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Exploring All Options When Paying for Care Service


Long-term care can be expensive. Whether your loved one will receive in-home care or reside in a skilled-care facility, the costs can quickly add up. The emotional toil of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis coupled with concerns on financing care can be overwhelming. It is important to remember that there is help available. By taking advantage of all your resources, you’ll be able to streamline the process of financing care. Your loved one may qualify for government programs such as Social Security, Medicaid, veteran benefits, and tax deductions or credits. Government sponsored websites like, the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs all provide information about how to finance care service.

In addition to government resources, an individual may be eligible for benefits through their employer. Retirement packages can offer pension plans, IRA funds, and annuities. If your loved one is still employed when he or she is diagnosed, review the employer’s handbook and contact the human resources department. Employee benefits may be available such as short-term disability benefits, paid sick leave, and flexible spending accounts that allow for the purchase of tax-free healthcare services. All of these employment related resources can help ease the cost of care.

Insurance is usually the major source of funding for long-term care. Elderly over the age of 65 rely on Medicare for health care coverage. Private insurance can also be beneficial, check with the insurance company to find out what expenses are covered. Personal assets including investments, savings and property can be sources that serve as additional income. Check your local community organizations as many provide inexpensive or free services that cater to the elderly. By exploring all the options for financing care, you’ll be enhancing your loved one’s future and helping to secure the best possible care for them.

Edison Home Health Care is happy to provide financial advice for you or any loved one. Give us a call at 888-311-1142, or fill out a contact form and we will respond shortly.

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Financing Home Care Services

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When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a host of concerns and questions are bound to come up. You may wonder what life will be like for you and your loved one as the disease progresses and they lose their ability to function independently. You will probably start thinking about how to best provide for their care once they need help performing routine tasks. One unavoidable aspect of Alzheimer’s care is the need to plan financially for your loved one’s long-term care.

In the period immediately following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, figuring out how to provide high-quality care for your loved one is a top priority. However, the reality of paying for such care can compound the stress of an already emotionally difficult situation. In-home care and nursing home care can both be very expensive, and are often not covered by insurance. It’s not uncommon for people to exhaust their life-savings paying for long-term care. The families of people needing long-term care also carry a heavy financial load, often going into debt paying for the care. However, while it may seem overwhelming at first, there are resources available to help you pay for your loved one’s care.

Agencies like Homecare Planning Solutions are set up to walk you through the process of financing long-term care. They can give you all the information you need to make informed choices about your loved one’s care. Homecare Planning Solutions can help to evaluate your finances in order to decide the best course of action, as well as assemble relevant documents and submit applications to Medicaid and insurance agencies. They can also negotiate with insurance companies and care providers on your behalf to insure that you get the best rates possible. Finally, Homecare Planning Solutions can provide quality in-home care at no cost to you while you decide the best way in which to pay for your loved one’s care. Although confronting an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can cause lots of worry and anxiety, there is help available when it comes to important decisions regarding financial planning for long-term care. Agencies like Homecare Planning Solutions can reduce the stress involved in paying for Alzheimer’s care and increase your peace of mind.

Edison Home Health Care is happy to provide financial advice for you or any loved one. Give us a call at 888-311-1142, or fill out a contact form and we will respond shortly.

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Understanding Personal Care Services

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Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be extremely difficult, not only for the person suffering from the disease, but also for their loved ones. There are many questions that accompany an Alzheimer’s diagnosis including: concerns about the progression of the illness, effects on physical and mental wellbeing, issues surrounding the patient’s long-term independence and living situation, and the type of care that will be appropriate at each stage of the disease. While it can be overwhelming to know that someone you love is suffering from a degenerative disease that will impact their ability to remember things, communicate with others, and live independently, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t have to face the challenges of Alzheimer’s care alone.

When deciding what kind of care is best for your loved one, there are several factors to consider. The type of care they need is heavily dependent on their abilities: can they still bathe, dress, and eat unassisted, or do they struggle with basic activities of daily living? How much time do you have to devote to their care? Will they remain at home, or does their condition require the type of round-the-clock skilled care that is provided in residential facilities? The wishes of your loved one should also be taken into consideration as much as possible. Once you’ve evaluated the needs, you can begin to decide what kind of care is best.

For those who are able to remain at home and enjoy the comfort of familiar surroundings, a personal caregiver can provide the kind of assistance that will help your loved one to stay in their home for as long as possible. A personal caregiver can provide the kind of compassionate assistance that will help to maintain your loved one’s health, happiness, and quality of life. Examples of personal caregiver duties: preparing meals, doing laundry, household chores, run errands, go grocery shopping, provide transportation, and assistance with bathing, toileting, dressing, and eating. Personal caregivers are usually not trained to provide medical care. If your loved one requires medical attention, you should consider an in-home medical professional. can provide the kind of compassionate assistance that will help to maintain your loved one’s health, happiness, and quality of life.

Edison Home Health Care is happy to provide home health care for you or any loved one. Give us a call at 888-311-1142, or fill out a contact form and we will respond shortly.

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Activities Offered by a Companion Aide

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When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can bring many strong emotions. Anxiety, sadness, and concern about what to do next are all common reactions. Although an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming, it’s important to remember that help is available. Remember that with the right research and a little patience, you can find a qualified, compassionate caregiver to help you with the task of caring for your family member.

Finding the right person to assist your loved one can be a daunting task. You want to find someone who is well qualified to provide great care, in addition to possessing compassion, tact, and gentleness. There are a range of in-home services to choose from including companion services, personal care services, homemaker services, and skilled care. A good thing to keep in mind as you begin your search is that there is no one-size-fits-all care plan that will work for every person with Alzheimer’s. While some people in advanced stages of the disease will require round-the-clock care and more medical help, people with milder symptoms may only need someone to provide companionship.

If your loved one is still relatively independent – able to bathe, dress, and eat with minimal assistance – a companion aide could be the best choice. A companion aide provides company and light supervision. They can read to your loved one, do puzzles and play games with them, go on walks, do crafts and art activities, and provide general interaction and socialization. In contrast to a personal care or medical professional, companion aides are unable to administer medications, perform physical therapy, assist in toileting or bathing, or provide homemaking services. For those with Alzheimer’s, staying socially engaged and active is just as important as staying physically healthy. The goal is to help slow the progress of the disease and preserve their dignity and quality of life.

To receive advice and help about increased aggression and other behavioral difficulties, feel free to contact us. Give us a call at 888-311-1142, or fill out a contact form and we will respond shortly.

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Effective Measures to Facilitate Communication with Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease brings many challenges for patients and their loved ones. Loss of independence, memory loss, and physiological changes can all be sources of great stress. Among the challenges faced by people living with Alzheimer’s disease, communication difficulties can be among the most frustrating to navigate. When your formerly articulate loved one suddenly has trouble expressing and understanding even the simplest information, it can be hard to know how to proceed. However, there are things that you can do to facilitate communication and make your life, and the life of your loved one, easier.

People with Alzheimer’s often forget familiar words and phrases. They may struggle to express themselves and have difficulty completing sentences. They may also have trouble understanding what is being said to them. This is often extremely frustrating and confusing for Alzheimer’s patients, as they try to communicate their thoughts and feelings in the face of deteriorating language capacities. As verbal abilities decline, people with Alzheimer’s may repeat themselves, yell, babble, or use foul language. It’s important to remain calm in the face of disturbing behaviors, and recognize that communication difficulties are just as frustrating for your loved one as they are for you.

Although it presents many challenges, there are things you can do to make communicating with your loved one easier. When you approach your loved one, make sure to stay engaged and present: maintain eye contact, focus on their face, and avoid multitasking. Keep your hands away from your face to reduce visual distractions and allow them to read your facial expression, and eliminate other distractions in the environment such as background music and the television. It’s important to remember that even though their ability to understand spoken language may have declined dramatically, people with Alzheimer’s can still understand your body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. Stay upbeat, positive and calm. Try to use body language that conveys attention and respect. Avoid infantilizing or talking down to your loved one. If they don’t understand something that you’re saying, try rephrasing it, rather than simply repeating yourself. Keep information simple and use a clear, even tone of voice. By staying calm and keeping your own frustration in check, you’ll be encouraging your loved one to feel safe and secure, and will be helping them to communicate to the best of their ability.

Edison Home Health Care is happy to advise and assist you or any loved one who seek appropriate care of Alzheimer’s disease. Give us a call at 888-311-1142, or fill out a contact form and we will respond shortly.

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