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Tips for Finding Care for Elderly Individuals

As we grow older, we go through many changes both physically and mentally. Some elderly individuals will have trouble performing every day tasks, like preparing their own meals or dressing themselves, while others will retain more independence. There are cases where aging loved ones who are still mobile and alert may need occasional assistance and care. The type of care that an individual receives will depend on their specific care needs and their family’s budget.

The cost of healthcare in the US, and more specifically in Texas, California, and Florida has been steadily increasing over the years. More and more families are struggling to afford nursing home care or assisted living facility care for their aging relatives.

According to Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of private nursing home care in the US is now $92,345 per year (or $235 per day). Just eight years ago that average was $67,527 per year. Though some geriatric patients may prefer the live-in nursing home option, the prohibitively high cost makes it impossible for many families to afford this option. Hence, many families are now opting to hire a private, qualified in-home caregiver or nurse to take care of their parents or loved ones in the comfort of their own home.

Some individuals worry that the lower price of an in-home caregiver means inferior quality care, but this is not necessarily the case. Many caregivers and nurses choose to work independently in order to maximize their income and to be able to control their schedule. While many caregivers are very capable and trustworthy, to be sure you are hiring a quality caregiver any person looking for in home care should follow these steps:

  • Use a trusted resource to find your caregiver or nurse. If you are hiring a caregiver for a parent or friend there are many online resources available that make this process easier than what was capable in the past.
  • Look for caregivers with recommendations or reviews from other patients. This will give you an idea of how well they got on with other geriatric individuals.
  • Only interview caregivers whose qualifications meet your or your parents’ needs. If your parent suffers from respiratory problems, look for a caregiver who is also a respiratory therapist.
  • Be thorough in your interview. This caregiver is someone you want to build a meaningful and positive relationship with, so make sure you get to know them and feel comfortable with them.
  • Get a certified background check and verify their references. This is an essential step in ensuring your parents’ safety and reducing your own stress.

There are a number of caregivers and skilled nurses available to provide in-home elderly care for you or your loved ones. If you are looking for a trusted resource to help you find professional caregivers and nurses, check out websites such as WellBeyondCare.com to find elderly care professionals in your area.

Well Beyond Care provides the tools that help you plan care and allow your loved ones to safely age in place. It is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover. Our platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. This solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs. Its online system combines the best in Caregiver matching (searching, screening, ratings & hiring) with all the back-office functions (time worked, payroll, scheduling, and notifications) to ensure safe, reliable, dependable, affordable care is obtained. It is the only company that gives each Careseeker access to their own local, personal nurse to help guide them through the hiring process. The Careseeker’s nurse provides advice on healthcare options and aids with transitional care.

The Value of a Healthcare Navigator

Why is having a nurse navigator so important to the well-being of our aging population at home?

Many of us may not know it yet, or have not experienced it yet, but some day, as we or our parents get older are going to come face to face with a new and unexpected complexity in our lives: navigating the health-care and home-care systems.  These convoluted systems make a financial planner’s Monte-Carlo investment simulations look like a game of Shoots & Ladders.

The worst part is that people needing care or family members getting care for the loved ones feel helpless. This is compounded with the onset of old age or chronic illness. Often, older adults and their families can only hope their care providers in the health care system will treat them with their best interests in mind.  Too often doctors and nurses and therapists and other healthcare staff are overburdened and cannot offer the best care nor do their best work.  Remember, hospitals and the healthcare system are huge, and you are just a number in many cases.

In the future, families are going to need someone who can help them navigate these ever more labyrinth entities.  The complexity of the healthcare system in conjunction with the ever-increasing elderly population is going to give rise to a new type of professional known as a Geriatric Care Manager.

These individuals act as advocates and advisors for aging individuals both inside and outside a hospital.  According to a recent Market Watch article, “Is it worth paying an expert to help you navigate the health-care system?; a geriatric care manager is worth between $2,500 and $4,000 per year. These individuals do not personally provide care themselves. Instead they collect and present information, help to design a care plan, and navigate the health care system to implement and facilitate that plan on behalf of the family that pays them. They are guides for families who must travel the sometimes-bumpy modern road of aging.

The most experienced geriatric care managers tend to have years of experience at home health agencies delivering geriatric care management services.  While using nurses in this fashion is common with home health agencies, is rare to find this service used in private duty care. One company, Well Beyond Care has seen this need and offers, as part of its service, nurse navigators to any individuals who join.

“We understand that in-home care for the elderly is more than just getting a caregiver in the home,” states Well Beyond Care’s co-founded and Chief Nursing Offer Lauren Tarrant, RN. “We knew when we started Well Beyond Care that the value we were bringing with our nurses comes from their experience and knowledge of the complex healthcare system, and in helping families navigate their care needs on a personal level.”

“Part of the reason I started Well Beyond Care was because when I had to take care of my mother, there was no service available to help me deliver care from Austin to her in Alexandria, VA,” states CEO and President Jeffrey Fry.  He goes on to say, “there could soon come a time that navigating the morass of the health care system without a healthcare manager will seem just as foolhardy as diving into the legal system without a lawyer or the financial markets without a financial advisor.  We want our nurses to work toward the comprehensive well-being of our clients and their families; and provide them with the information to make well-informed decisions about their loved one’s care. Having this ability can save families thousands of dollars, not to speak of the well-being of their loved ones. Our nurses are there to lower stress and help families make correct decisions.”

Well Beyond Care gives caregivers and those who need care the tools to manage their in-home care online. Caregivers, registered nurses, certified nurse assistants, and geriatric care managers can use the website to be best matched with careseekers looking for care, set their wages, post their weekly availability, receive weekly payment, and build their resume and portfolio with real experience. Careseekers and family members looking for someone to give care for their parents or loved ones, can use the website to search for qualified nurses, CNAs and caregivers, are matched with a caregiver who can best can deliver care to specific care needs, monitor their caregivers’ schedules and payment online and receive personal support from the nurse that is assigned to them when they join. Join for free today at WellBeyondCare.com.