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November is Home Care Month

This month we are celebrating caregivers who tirelessly provide care and services to people of all ages with disabilities and chronic health conditions. These individuals are the heart and soul of our communities.

Home care includes any professional support services that allow a person to live safely in his/her home. Home care services can help someone who is aging and needs assistance to live independently; is managing chronic health issues; is recovering from a medical setback; or has special needs or a disability. Professional caregivers such as nurses and aides provide short-term or long-term care in the home, depending on a person's needs. In-home care services are non-medical and primarily help individuals with the activities of daily living. The main goal is to help them live safely and comfortably in their own homes.

New consumers/clients may be referred by their doctors, another agency, the county's Aging and Disability Resource Center, or family members. Inquire to find out more about types of services, scheduling in-home visits, and costs. Society's Assets accepts payment for services from a variety of sources. We are a Certified Wisconsin Medicaid Personal Care provider for Forward Health, SSI Managed Care, IRIS, Medicaid HMOs, and Family Care. A long-term care insurance policy may cover expenses. Veterans benefits can include in-home care. Some life insurance policies have living needs benefits to use. Older adults may choose to pay for their long-term care out of pocket, or family members can chip in together.

Services provided for consumers in their homes include help with getting up and going to bed, bathing, dressing, and eating. Cleaning, laundry, shopping for groceries, preparing meals, and medical reminders may also be part of the personalized care plan.

For more information, call 800-378-9128.