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Your Questions About At Home Care Services

Posted: Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Chris asks…

What are good home health care services for senior citizens?

My father has alzheimer’s and we are trying to look for a good home health care service and plan.

Healthadvisor answers:

Your local social services should be able to point you in the right direction. It’s best to get something approved by the local authority where you are because they will see inspectors’ report etc. And know which are good and which to avoid.

David asks…

What are good home health care services for senior citizens?

My father has alzheimer’s and we are trying to find a good home health care service for him.

Healthadvisor answers:

Call around and visit different places. Make sure you actually talk to the people living there, they’ll give you a sense if they are being taken care of. Ask to see random rooms and not just the ones they would want you to see.

Susan asks…

What is the best home care service for people with alzeihemers and needs to see a heart specialist for checkup?

Dad has dementia. Hospice called angels of hope says the insurance will not pay for dad to go to a heart doctor. He can only go to a general practician. Dad had to get off of angels of hope because of this. My 78 year old mom needs to find a home health care service immediately that the insurance will cover along with his visits to the heart doctor. He doesn’t go to his heart doctor but a few times a year. They live in Georgia

Healthadvisor answers:

Hi Sweet Tea,

In Australia it is Alzheimer’s Association. Call your local hospital and they will be able to give you the name and address of the Alzheimer’s Association or the organization which helps client’s needing this type of help.

Good luck.

Sharon asks…

Is there any government subsidies for elderly care service in UK?

Is there any government subsidies for elderly care service in UK?
(I mean the in-home care service, which the carer go to the elderly home and help them)
thanks!

Healthadvisor answers:

Susie s is wrong,if you are disabled and have to have care,say, help you dress,help with a bath,then you can apply for carers money. You then have to pay the carer that helps you,you have the choice of your carer.You apply to the Dept.of Social Security.

William asks…

I would like to help elderly and disabled people in their homes by providing hair care services -?

I would like to help elderly and disabled people in their homes by providing hair care services -?
shampoos, cuts, coloring, etc., and other personal care. I would be a considered a home care aide who helps people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired and older adults, who may need assistance, live in their own homes or in residential facilities I am not a licensed cosmetologist. Would it be illegal to provide hair care services for which I would be paid?

Healthadvisor answers:

Yes, you need a license, if you expect payment
if you do it as a favor, then no
but
you can say, tips are welcome
I went to a beauty school, and accepted tips

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Your Questions About At Home Care Medicare

Posted: Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Lisa asks…

How do I determine my fees to provide a consult?

I have been offered the opportunity to consult with a new agency for home health care for Medicare patients. They want me to train their Director of Nursing about the role of the DON and how to handle intakes and referrals. How do I know how much to charge for my services?

Healthadvisor answers:

You’ve basically got two approaches you can use:

a) the hourly approach
b) the value approach

For (a), set an hourly fee that you think makes sense (it’s competitive with the market, it’s what they’ll pay, etc.) This could be anywhere from $8 / hour (for a babysitter) to $250 / hour (for an experienced business consultant)… Or even higher. But you’re probably going to be somewhere in the $50 – $150 / hour range. You can probably do some research on the Web to find representative rates.

For (b), you work with the client to figure out what your consultation is worth to them, and then you charge them a percentage of that value. For example, if you’re able to save the client $50,000, you negotiate with them for 10%, or 20% of that value: $10,000 – $20,000.

You’ll see that if you take approach (b), you’ll end up making a lot more money. If you’re looking to become a professional consultant, it’s definitely the way to go. But it tends to be harder to get that kind of deal… So if you’re only going to be doing this infrequently, you might go for the hourly approach.

If you want more information on the value approach, check out Alan Weiss’ book “Million Dollar Consulting” — highly recommended.

William asks…

can a person living in an assisted living receive medicare skilled home care visits?

If a person lives in an assisted living facility can they receive skilled home care from a medicare certified agency ie nursing , physical therapy aide services?

Healthadvisor answers:

Assisted living facilities do not/cannot provide “skilled care” as in doctoring, nursing, therapists, etc. They provide assistance with the activities of daily living, a lessor level of care. (You probably already know this.)

If the resident requires a higher level of care, it may be determined a skilled care facility is necessary. However, if the resident has the ability to hire private assistance or has insurance coverage for home care, it’s their prerogative.

The resident has the right to acquire any personal care they might need. However, if the facilities policies dictate the resident is no longer “fit” and doesn’t meet the criteria for assisted living standards, they may insist the family start making other arrangements to have the resident moved to a skilled care facility.

Paul asks…

How would a person go about obtaining a license to practice home health care?

I don’t mind working in home health care, but hate working for agencies. I would love to be a free-lance health care worker, but was wondering if anyone knows the steps on how to get a license to do that? Thanks for your help.

Healthadvisor answers:

This site has some
http://education-portal.com/home_health_aide_schools.html

i see commercial all the time…there are many schools inmy area
you will have ot check with each of them to see if they take private students or only agency sponsored studnets..

Also be awar–aides are often paid by medicare–who pays the agency–it may be hard to get a job without an ’employer’ agency

Thomas asks…

How will seniors respond to these proposals by House Republicans?

House Republicans have made the following propositions in budget debates. How do you think Senior Citizens will react to these suggestions?

Replacing Social Security with a “premium support” program where instead of regular Medicare coverage as they currently receive, Seniors would receive a government voucher of $220 a month to use towards the purchase of medical coverage.

Phasing out the Social Security program entirely.

Eliminating the PBGC – the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, so that when executives raid the corporate pension fund to pay themselves bigger bonuses the seniors who paid into those pension plans would be left with nothing to live on.

Elimination of the Heating & Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) which provides support to low income seniors living in rural communities via energy payment vouchers and discount fuel oil programs.

Elimination of the Meals on Wheels program.

Elimination of the portion of the Medicaid program that allows Seniors to stay in nursing home care. Under the Republican proposal, instead of declaring indigence and receiving government assistance to cover your nursing home costs, you either move in with family members or end up homeless.

How do you think Senior Citizen voters will respond to learning of these Republican Party proposals?

Healthadvisor answers:

Not only seniors but 70% of America is opposed to this Pubbie nonsense

Susan asks…

Do you think the dems are right when they say they’re strengthening Medicare?

By cutting payments to doctors, hospitals, hospices and home care by $500 billion, The CBO states that growth of medicare spending is cut by 2%, but is unclear whether it’s accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or would reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out!

Healthadvisor answers:

Look at it this way, how would you like government coming in ans reducing your pay by what ever percentage they decide? But it OK to do that to some other profession. It takes anywhere from ten to twelve years to be completely trained. Compare that to your training? That is why they should make more then you are making..If Congress does cut medicare by the 500 mil amount no doctor in there right mind is going to work for that little amount Please use common sense to know that is the end of Medicare. So many people are so lazy to check things out for themselves but are quick to repeat what somebody else said not knowing if it is the truth or not and follow like little sheep.

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Nursing Home Alternative

Posted: Thursday, April 21st, 2011
A great piece from The Acorn News, written by Steve Holt

Adults with elderly parents who are frail can help them continue living at home, even if their mental or physical health is deteriorating.

It’s important for baby boomers to know about things like this. We may have a mom or a dad who is aging quickly, or we’re starting to think about our own vulnerabilities.

Also, there’s a chance we’ve visited an assisted-care facility. Even the nicer ones make us feel uncomfortable. Read More

Nursing Homes

Posted: Friday, March 11th, 2011

Assisted Living

Posted: Friday, March 11th, 2011
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