Learn About In-Home Care. It’s Healthy Aging Month.
Getting older happens to all of us. It is something that you cannot avoid. As you age, things change. You may be hearing common complaints like these:
“The stairs are getting so hard to climb.”
“Since my husband died, I just open a can of soup for dinner.”
“I’ve lived here 40 years. All my good memories are here.”
“I want to stay in my own home!”
The good news is that people may be able to stay in their home or apartment longer than they think. With the right kind of home care, you can stay healthy and age well right where you are.
In order to age in place you will want to be safe and well-cared for in your home. That’s where in-home care can help.
Medical Home Health
If you have a chronic health condition or an acute need like a recent hospital stay, you can get home healthcare help. Home healthcare is medical care provided by a licensed professional in the home. It is commonly part of a patient recovery plan after illness, injury or decline and is prescribed by your doctor. Your health insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental insurance, Advantage plans, Veterans, private insurance) generally covers the cost of home healthcare. Services include:
- Skilled nursing and medication management
- Physical/occupational and speech therapy
- Medical and lab tests
- Wound, catheter and ostomy care
- IV services
You may be concerned about your safety at home or ability to get out and about or other activities of daily life. Whether you need help for just a few hours each week or daily assistance, home care may be a good solution for you. Home care services may include:
- Transportation to appointments, errands and shopping
- Assistance with personal care like dressing, bathing, toileting and grooming
- Well-being checks and medication reminders
- Wake-up or tuck-in assistance
- Meal preparation or delivery
- Cleaning and organizing
- Help with bills and financial management
Home care is not covered by health insurance although some long-term plans will pay for home care services. Generally, however, home care is paid for by you.
Consumer Directed Services
Through the Missouri Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Program, Medicaid beneficiaries who qualify can choose their own caregiver to provide services like bathing, housekeeping, meal prep and transportation. Expenses are covered by MO HealthNet.
Age Well at Home!
AW Health Care provides both medical home healthcare services and personal home care. Our caregivers are licensed professionals. Check out all our 4-star and 5-star reviews on Google. You can see our reviews on our Google business Page.
Questions about staying healthy as you get older? Need help staying healthy at home? Call AW Health Care at (314) 330-7992!