Do you or your loved one fully understand how home healthcare works? Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions. FirstLantic wants to help you make the best possible decision for care. Take their short quiz below to test your knowledge and ensure you have the facts. Answers are provided at the end.
- Home Healthcare Aides (HHA) always live in the home of their clients. True or False
- Home Healthcare services can include which of the following?
- Medication management
- Light household chores
- Transportation to appointments
- All of the above
3. Home Healthcare is often more expensive than assisted living. True or False
4. Home care is only for patients who have been recently discharged from rehab or a hospital. True or False
5. Home care is not possible if a client has serious medical problems such as dementia. True or False
6. Home Healthcare aides must be certified. True or False
- False – Home Health aides can live in the home if required but can also come on an as-needed, hourly basis.
- All of the above. In addition, many agencies offer other services such as help with personal hygiene, meal preparation as well as more specialized services such as memory care.
- False – The cost of care is dependent on the hours required and the type of care that is provided. However, in many cases, the cost of help at home will be lower than assisted living. That is because you can choose the number of hours and the type of services. Although you have some flexibility with assisted living options, the average monthly cost of assisted living is approximately $4,000. However, state-by-state averages range dramatically, from as low as $2,844 to as much as $9,266.
- False – you do not need to have been recently discharged from a hospital or rehab to receive home health care.
- False – Many home health care providers offer specialized care from professionals who are specifically trained to handle more serious medical issues such as wound care, physical therapy, or dementia.
- False – Requirements for Home Health Aides vary by state, however, all agencies that take Medicaid or Medicare are required to employ HHAs that are certified. However, this is not the case with private home care agencies so do your homework to make sure that the agency requires the caregiver to have the proper training and accreditation. It is important to go through a reputable home healthcare agency that has strong referrals, comprehensive training, and performs background checks on employees.
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