Elder care is a term used to describe services specific to maintaining the health and wellness of aging adults, typically in their own homes. Many aging adults or their loved ones seek in-home care in the form of in-home caregivers to assist with aging-related conditions such as chronic frailty or memory loss; home care can also be a valuable resource for individuals transitioning out of the hospital setting or recovering from an injury or fall. While the name implies that the service only occurs in the home, home care can also be provided by caregivers who provide one-to-one services for aging adults in hospital, rehab, or assisted living facilities. 
 
For the majority of aging adults and their families, home care is something they know little about until the time comes when it becomes a necessity, for example, following a knee replacement surgery. Understanding what exactly home care is and trying to determine how to choose an appropriate agency and caregiver can seem challenging.  Having a basic understanding of what home care is and how it compares to other senior care options is important as you embark on your journey to find the best care solution for you or your loved one. What Is Home Care, a 19-page manual  designed to help you navigate the elder care process, is an excellent resource for anyone researching care options. The manual includes sections such as:
  • How Does Home Care Compare with Senior Living Facilities?
  • Is Home Care Covered by Medicare or Insurance?
  • How Do I Hire a Home Care Service?

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