New Brunswick, NJ January 28, 2013 – New Jersey home care provider Expert Home Care hit two landmark milestones this month: they crossed the 61 million service hours threshold as they entered their 28th year in business serving local seniors. The team at Expert Home Care extends their appreciation and thanks to all clients and their families. Continue reading
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For New Jersey seniors, Home health care planning is an important process for both the themselves and their families. Many want to preserve their independence by remaining in their home, with the added security and safety of having a trained professional present. In this regard, licensed home health agencies typically provide both live in care and hourly home care. A licensed and experienced home health care agency can help develop a care plan and ensure a compatible pairing that meets the needs of clients and their families.
There’s no doubt the feeling of independence that comes from living at home provides a better environment for aging seniors. Most prefer the privacy and other comforts that come with being in one’s home. Live in care makes it possible for the elderly to stay in their homes rather than moving into a residential nursing home or assisted living facility.
Seniors living alone may also seek non-medical caregivers to work in a companionship or non-medical capacity. These caregivers assist with everyday functions such as shopping, driving, and basic housekeeping for their clients. Non-medical caregivers can be instrumental in helping seniors stay active and independent.
For the families involved in the decision making process, security is of the utmost importance. When customers use a licensed agency, they can rest easy knowing their loved one is in the company of a professional caregiver. Added comfort comes from knowing that the employees of a professional agency have passed a thorough screening process that includes an in-depth background check.
Whether a need exists for a home health professional, or non-medical companion, a reputable New Jersey home health care agency can provide safe, reliable and competent professionals for you.
New Jersey’s Expert Home Care for Elders and Seniors provides care for your aging loved ones since 1984. Please call us when your loved one needs help at home in NJÂ - 800-848-2336.
Medical Care at the End-of-Life
In theÂ past, mostÂ people who died had an accident or contracted a disease or they had a physical illness that eventuallyÂ lead to death. Life-saving medical interventions such as sophisticated resuscitation, complicated surgeries, life-saving treatments, ventilators, feeding tubes and other life-support were rarely used or even available. But today’s medical care, provides aÂ great emphasis on curing medical problems sometimes to the exclusion of recognizing that death might be a more welcome outcome.
Surveys indicate that older people are often more afraid of death than younger people. But for all Americans — young and old — there is a great fear of death and oftentimes the families of those loved ones, who are near the end-of-life, will go to great lengths to try interventions that may be ineffective in prolonging life. We need only look to the Terri Schiavo case as a reflection of the attitude of many Americans who are unwilling to let loved ones pass on.
Estimates are that about 30% of Medicare reimbursements are spent on people in the last year of their life. It is a fact that much of this medical care did little to prevent death and prolong life.Â Read full article.
At Expert Home Care in New Jersey, our senior clients tell us theyÂ object to long term care planning because they believeÂ Medicare or the Veterans Benefits Administration will take care of them. While this is true to a certain extent, these people simply don’t understand the limitations of these government programs.
Here are frequentÂ quotes taken from individuals inÂ NJÂ who have voiced misconceptions about long term care planning.
“UncleÂ Jimmy got along just fine with the government paying his care”
“I can give away my assets and have the government pay for it”
“We have a trust and all of our assets will go to our family so the government will pay for our care”
“I’m not interested in home care or assisted living, just stick me in a nursing home and Medicaid will pay the bill”
“Long term care insurance is too expensive”
Government could be more involved in providing care but our constipated system of delivery prevents this from happening. The National Aging Network, a government-sponsored program, is in the best position to help people receive long term care in their homes. And studies have shown that the cost of providing this kind of care is significantly less than the cost of providing nursing home care through government programs.
Unfortunately, for every dollar that supports a person through the Aging Network the government spends about $270 supporting a person in a nursing home. Because it has inadequate funding, the National Aging Network must confine its valuable services to people who have little income or for social reasons are disadvantaged. Moderate and middle income Americans can receive some services from the network but are mostly excluded from the more valuable caregiving services.
We believe the public’s misunderstanding of Government long term care programs is an impediment to proper long term care planning. When people understand the limitations of relying on government programs they are most likely to be more motivated to plan for the future by making provisions in advance and providing advance funding to pay for care. Prior planning also allows people to have a choice in their care setting and in the type of services they receive.
New Jersey’s Expert Home Care for Elders and Seniors provides care for your aging loved ones since 1984. Please call us when your loved one needs help – 800-848-2336.
Who Pays for Long Term Care
The American public believes that ourÂ government will provide long term care in New JerseyÂ when needed. This misconceptionÂ prevents people living in New JerseyÂ from doing proper planningÂ for the future need for care. According to the National Care Planning Council, (www.longtermcarelink.net) many people think they can give away assets prior to the need for long term care and qualify for Medicaid.
Most New Jersey residentsÂ mayÂ use the system and allow Medicaid to cover care but at what cost? And why would youÂ want to spend yourÂ remaining years in a nursing home?Â As we know, itÂ is the preferred living arrangement for Medicaid. Why go through the expense and effort of trying to manipulate the system to get welfare care, when a little preplanning at an earlier age would be a better option?