Home Instead Senior Care is the world's largest non-medical in-home care company. Across the country, independently owned Home Instead offices offer services from companionship to 24-hour live-in care and rehabilitative aids. Home Instead also offers Alzheimer's care, hospice support and respite services.
In a world where seniors are struggling to cope with the many challenges of aging, Home Instead focuses on enabling older adults to continue living at home by providing them with help in their homes and communities. Its CAREGivers are specially trained in the physical and emotional needs of the elderly, as well as the specific care needs of patients with dementia or other chronic health conditions. Local offices work with families to customize care plans to meet each individual's needs and provide ongoing supervision from a client-facing caregiver.
The most common care services are personal care, such as bathing, grooming and dressing, as well as meal preparation and medication reminders. In-home nursing care is also available for wound care, medication administration and rehabilitative aids, in which case a licensed nurse works with the CAREGiver to ensure the quality of care. A separate CARE program trains caregivers to help clients with memory impairment issues by using strategies developed by Home Instead, including keeping them engaged in activities they enjoy, encouraging social interaction and promoting healthy eating habits.
Family members who use Home Instead report high levels of satisfaction with the care their loved ones receive from CAREGivers. Many reviewers praise the empathy, warmth and professionalism of Home Instead's frontline staff. Some also mention that their CAREGivers are highly knowledgeable about the care of the elderly, having completed specialized training and continuing education programs to stay current on new methods and best practices. A few reviews mention that some office staff have been less friendly, but overall most reviewers say that the quality of care is worth any occasional inconveniences with an office team.
As with most in-home care companies, Home Instead Senior Care offices set their own rates for services, and they can vary based on a number of factors, including the level of care required and whether other local providers are charging similar fees. Because of this, a comparison of rates among different locations within the same chain is important before choosing a home care provider.
Most at-home senior care services are self-pay, although some are covered by longterm care insurance or Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare doesn't pay for at-home 24-hour care or personal care, but it may cover errands and basic housekeeping under certain circumstances. Some states have Home and Community Based Services Medicaid waivers that allow aging adults to qualify for at-home services, and military veterans can apply for VA benefits. Regardless of how care is paid for, most aging adults need a plan in place to ensure that their needs are met. Having the right home care plan in place gives them peace of mind and lets their families focus on other aspects of their lives.