Frequently Asked Questions

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There is no set length of time for home care—it can vary greatly based on a person’s unique needs. Some home care services may last for a few weeks, while others may be lifelong.
No. Home care services can be provided wherever home is—a private residence, a senior living community, or while staying with a friend or family caregiver.
This varies from situation to situation. There are many different ways people pay for their home care costs. Some services may be covered by a type of insurance you have, or by Medicare or Medicaid. Some may be covered by workers’ compensation or by Veterans benefits. Also, services can be paid for directly by the person receiving care, which is commonly referred to as “private pay.”

Many people researching home care may have been prescribed home health services by their physician, and are trying to find a provider whose services are covered by their Medicare home health benefit. The Medicare benefit covers 100 percent of home care services when certain qualifying conditions are met.

Home care enables a person to live as independently as possible without having to give up the comforts of their own home. It allows them to be in a familiar environment, sleep in their own bed at night, and stay close to loved ones like family, friends, and pets. It also brings peace of mind to know they have access to skilled, consistent, reliable care when it’s needed, even if those needs change.

When compared to other alternatives of care, home care can be significantly more cost effective. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), at-home care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and effective