Geriatric Home Care in Washington DC, can be expensive. It is often not covered by insurance, so most situations involve private pay. Home care is beneficial and allows seniors to be more independent and live in their homes longer. To bridge the gap between cost and benefit, find an agency that can deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions for senior services. A proper assessment by a registered nurse can determine the degree of help needed to keep the client safe and healthy in his own home. It may be as little as a few hours a week or a few hours a day.

Senior home care focuses on restoring functional activity and sustaining the maximum level of health possible. That can require regular at home support, nursing care after surgery or a hospital stay, respite care, and/or hospice support. Care is ideally provided at home, but can be provided in retirement communities, long term care facilities, or a nursing home. Specialized care is available for strokes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental illness, dementia, emphysema, and other conditions.

Requirements for caregiver staff, such as Certified Nurse’s Aids and Geriatric Nurse’s Aids, vary from agency to agency, so be sure to ask about licensing and hiring requirements. Specialty Care Services, for example, requires two years in health care, CPR certification, PPD testing, a criminal background check, a physical examination, professional licensing, and two positive references for all their direct support caregivers. Skilled care is provided via registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN). It includes case management, diabetic care and management, medication management, a range of motion exercises, wound care, cardiac and respiratory care, post-operative care, and nutrition therapy. Browse the website for full details.

Geriatric Home Care in Washington DC begins with case management by an RN. That includes care planning assessments, screening, arranging, and monitoring care services, review of legal and financial issues, family interventions, counseling, and support. It also includes escorting clients to medical appointments and acting as a family liaison when family members live out of town. Staying at home for as long as possible keeps seniors active, healthier, and able to enjoy social interactions with neighbors and friends. Case management allows for proper supports to be in place so that seniors can live at home safely. You should contact Specialty Care Services for further details.