The term Home Care covers a variety of services and different benefit programs. Some programs provide skilled nursing services, therapies and personal care. There are other providers that will offer “personal care” along with other homemaker services. The difference is in the benefits available to pay for the services. Medicare covers only skilled care. Medicaid covers skilled care for those under 60 years of age and only personal care for those over 60 years of age.

Navigating your way through the range of choices for home services can be overwhelming. Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses as a caregiver can help in making a decision.

In choosing which services can help you, ask yourself these questions:

Using services may make it possible to provide more care and keep the person in their preferred place – their home.

Ask the following questions of the home services worker:

Remember to allow time for you and the person working with you to learn each other’s ways and
trust each other. That first experience will influence your willingness to try other services.

Home services can be provided either in the person’s own home, an assisted living
facility or even sometimes as private duty in a nursing home.