Increasing numbers of seniors and other Americans approaching retirement age are beginning to understand the value that home health care offers, especially in its ability to allow a person to remain at home as opposed to other long-term care options. Unfortunately, due to rising costs, stagnant wages that make it difficult to recruit and retain valuable caregivers, and a number of preconceived notions and misconceptions, it doesn’t seem to work for all seniors.
One issue that many elderly men and women might face when it comes to the prospect of home care happens to be serious health issues. Fortunately, there are numerous tech agencies, insurance providers, and other companies all delving into this issue and it is reaping benefits for tens of thousands of seniors.
One of the major hurdles for aging seniors has been insurance covering some of this support and care at home. That, too, is beginning to change. As noted in an op-ed piece in the Sentinel Tribune titled, Home health care – will it work for you? written by Rick Metz:
“Ninety percent of people over age-65 want to have health care in their homes, and 80 percent believe they will die in their homes. Joining the program, from Genacross Lutheran Services at Home, were Amanda Schroeder and Tanya Trapp, each with extensive experience with elder care. They are working to evolve the home health care program at Genacross to meet the modern demands of patients, doctors and insurance providers who are paying patient benefits for many health care services provided at home.
The medical side of home health care begins with a pre-discharge consultation. Skilled nursing care is available for specific personal needs. Therapists can come to your home for physical, occupational or speech therapy. Medical social services, along with home health aides to help with day-to-day patient needs, are also available. And, any good home health care provider will work with the family and others concerned to coordinate the care.”
As insurance companies, hospitals, and other medical professionals as well as technological innovators realize the value and benefit of home health care, it will open the door to allow more seniors an opportunity to remain home as opposed to other long-term care options.
Home care agencies have long been a stronghold that empowers aging seniors and disabled adults to be able to remain home where they are most comfortable. Despite serious health issues or physical limitations, with the right agency, caregivers, and support, almost all seniors may begin to have that option as more insurance providers recognize these are legitimate services that should be covered.