In This Chapter
Understanding the many types of home care
Choosing a home care agency or finding your own workers
Working with home-care aides
Learning about doctor home visits
Having the right kind of help at home can make a significant difference in an older person's quality of life and ability to remain in familiar surroundings. But the right kind of help is different for each person and is often hard to find. And for a person who values independence, accepting that help is difficult, even when the need is clear.
Studies show that families provide an estimated 80 to 90 percent of care at home. But when family care is not available or sufficient, you have the options of different types of services, different agencies that provide them, and different health and long-term care insurance coverage. You may pay privately for workers you hire on your own. Some public programs allow family members or friends to be paid to provide care. This chapter gives you basic information to get started on your search.