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Home-Care Services

August 3, 2010

Home-care services are generally divided into one of the following types of care: Skilled care and Non-skilled care (often referred to as companion or home-maker services).

Skilled care must be performed by licensed professionals, such as nurses, therapists or social workers. Registered nurses provide services such as the initial consultation, monitoring of medications, wound care, infusion therapy and catheter care, in addition to wellness education for diabetes and other diseases. Licensed therapists and social workers perform physical, speech, respiratory, occupational and social therapies.

Non-skilled care is for those who need help with custodial tasks such as bathing, toileting and dressing. In this scenario, a home health aide, personal care aide or “companion” would be assigned, usually under the guidance of the nurse or physical therapist.

NOTE: There are some agencies that specialize in Alzheimer’s care or can provide nurses and aides who are specially trained to deal with the challenges of caring for someone with the disease. When contacting these organizations, ask if they provide this expertise.

How do I pay for it?

For more information on paying for long term care go to Legal and Financial Planning.

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