Many aging seniors who rely on home health care have difficulty paying for it. They often count on Medicare and Medicaid to provide reimbursements so they can receive the home health care services they require.
Receiving direct medical attention and support at home is a far more affordable option than certain facilities, but in some cases these same seniors have difficulty paying for the supplies they need to remain safe, comfortable, and properly cared for at home.
This time of the year is when people often turn to charity support and donations. As people become more attuned to the specific needs of others, they have a tendency to open their hearts, homes, and wallets more than any of the time of the year. For these elderly men and women who rely on home health care, there are many items that could benefit them, but which they may not be able to afford.
Many home care providers and agencies begin the work they do out of a sense of compassion and they intimately understand the struggles of those seniors who live on limited funds.
As reported by Kelly Vaughen of WHNT19 in the news blog, Decateur home healthcare company collects donations for the elderly, published December 7, 2018:
“[April] McDaniel provides her services at a lower cost than most, but she stills has patients who can’t afford the medical equipment they need like; walkers, wheelchairs, canes, adult diapers, lift chairs, potty seats, beside toilets, shower chairs, among other things.
“I kind of started shopping around and looking around for medical equipment. and once I put out there what I was trying to do it just started coming in like crazy,” she said.
She says these items truly change lives, but there is a huge need for donations. She says also said she is looking for volunteers who are as passionate about caring for the elderly as she is.”
Some of the items that can help aging seniors live more comfortably at home, especially when they require home care support, can include wheelchairs, stair lifts, walkers, canes, shower seats, grab bars (which need to be installed properly in and around the shower or tub), and so forth.
When elderly clients have these items, it helps improve safety dramatically. It also provides home care aides the tools they need to help improve quality of life for their clients. While these items are more often donated during the holiday season, it’s a good idea to remind people they are necessary all year round.