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A Primer on Home Care

Can’t make heads or tails of home care options? Who is covered? Who pays? Who is eligible? Can home care be covered in assisted living or a retirement community? For those who are seeking ways to age more comfortably with in-home care, look no further. Carefirst can easily assess the situation, determine which requirements need to be addressed, and assist with available options - engaging services quickly if necessary.

Call Carefirst today for details of home care eligibility and review the below resources that make understanding home care less confusing.

We provide in-home assistance to help older adults maintain independence and comfort while recuperating or requiring a little extra care for day to day needs. We also provide consulting and expertise to help people with care needs make the best care choices for their situation.

Web Resources:

Click the links below to access resource websites to learn more about the basics of home care.

Compare cost of home care with other long-term care options
US News and World Report reports on the seventh annual cost of care survey by GenWorth Financial, a major seller of long-term care insurance.

When is home care appropriate?
This site provides an informational article plus links to other articles on helping one determine when home care is appropriate.

A home health care primer
The National Family Caregivers Association provides this excellent overview of home care.

Explaining Medicare home health care
This is the official US Government booklet about Medicare home health care benefits for people with original Medicare.

What’s the difference between home care and home health care?
A simple comparison chart shows how home health care and home care differ.

Information to help determine which type of home care is most appropriate
Although this downloadable PDF is about Michigan specifically, it is a good explanation of the differences in home care and home health care and gives some good examples of how to determine which one is appropriate for care needs.

Differences between full service home care agencies, private hires and referral agencies
Within the scope of care when paying for services, this article gives a good explanation of the differences in hiring an agency and using independent contractors or referral/registries.

Private Duty Home Care industry fact sheet
This fact sheet on home care paid for privately is an up to date report on the industry with some good statistics about aging and the growing need for home care.