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Complete Guide to Home Care

Choosing the right partner to care for your loved one can feel overwhelming. We understand. That’s why we created this guide to walk you through the process and emotions of finding quality care.
Each family has unique in-home care needs – from companion care to advanced skilled nursing services. Contact your nearest BrightStar® Home Care agency to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

If you’re wondering if a loved one needs in-home care – or you already know they do – this guide is for you. Maybe you’re one of the millions of Americans who care for a family member and you need extra help to meet your loved one’s needs. No matter where you’re at in your journey to find high-quality, compassionate home care, we will be your partner in finding the best option.
Hiring someone to come into your home is a very personal decision based on many factors, such as the type of care, the cost and your loved one’s preferences. Our guide below provides step-by-step guidance and answers to your most common home care questions – whether you’re planning for the future or you have an immediate need.

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Does My Loved One Need Home Care?

We’ve found that two of the biggest questions about in-home care relate to what types of services are offered and who needs them. Find detailed answers to both questions below.
  • What Services Does Home Care Offer?

    If your loved one is dealing with a chronic illness, facing the more difficult challenges of growing older or needs a little extra attention, you may be asking yourself, “What is home health care and could it be right for my family?” Many families have come to realize that in-home care is just what their loved ones in order to experience the quality of life they deserve. Yet it can be difficult to determine if (and when) you need in-home help and what type of care will be most beneficial.

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  • What Are the Signs My Loved One Needs In-Home Care?

    The vast majority of adults (77%) want to “age in place” in their own homes and neighborhoods where they feel comfortable, according to a recent AARP® Home and Community Preferences Survey. It also found that about two-thirds of respondents would prefer a combination of family caregivers and paid caregivers. Not only can in-home care be a cost-effective solution, it also meets your loved one’s emotional desire for familiarity. But you may still have questions about whether they really need help at home or not.

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Talking About Home Care

Some of life’s conversations are harder than others. Read suggestions on how to manage the complexities of family relationships and how to deal with resistance to accepting help.
  • How to Start a Conversation About In-Home Care

    Everyone handles change differently – especially when it comes to everyday living and inviting someone into your loved one’s home to provide care. Talking about it can be difficult for them. And it can be difficult for you too. It’s important to start exploring your loved one’s wishes before it becomes an urgent need. This can happen through normal conversations with your loved ones, as well as talking with family members who should be involved with decisions like this.

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Choosing Home Care Help

With so many home care options to choose from, how do you decide who to hire? How do you know if they’re well-trained and compassionate? We address those concerns – and more.
  • How to Choose the Right Home Care Help

    If you’ve decided that you or a loved one need help at home, there are multiple ways to bring in a home care provider, including hiring them directly, choosing from a registry or working with a home care agency. There are benefits and drawbacks to all approaches, so it’s important to determine which one provides the best “fit” for your loved one’s needs and will give your family peace of mind.

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Paying for Home Care

Part of the planning process for home care services includes discussing the resources you or your loved one will use to cover the costs. We outline some of the common options for you.
  • Finding the Right Financial Approach

    There is no single solution that works for every family. The right solution is the one that works for you. Quite often, paying for in-home care uses a combination of funding sources. Many options for home care coverage have eligibility requirements and limitations. Rules surrounding resources like VA Benefits, Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) sometimes change – so we’re here to help you navigate the details.

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Planning for Home Care

You might have plenty of time to create a home care plan – or you might suddenly need a caregiver or nurse to care for your loved one. Our guide will help you prepare for either situation.
  • Anticipating and Planning for Home Care Needs

    Discussing a loved one’s potential health problems and the aging process isn’t anyone’s favorite thing to do, yet these things need to be addressed – especially if you have an elderly spouse or parents. Having early conversations about the possible need for elderly home care before it becomes an urgent matter can help reduce the likelihood of a future family conflict. Although there is often an emphasis on the changing relationship between a family caregiver and their aging or ailing loved one, it’s important to be attentive to other family relationships as well.

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Family Caregiver Resources and Support

Whether you’re the only caregiver or you have help – from family, friends or professionals – it’s critical that you take good care of yourself. Find valuable resources below.
  • How to Find Family Caregiver Support Groups and Resources

    If you’re a family caregiver for an elderly loved one – or anyone who needs assistance with their activities of daily living (ADLs) – you might feel very alone at times. You may discover that connecting with an online or in-person caregiver support group can help recharge your exhausted body and mind. Studies show that family caregivers face many challenges that have negative effects on their own health and that self-care can help minimize their impact.

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The BrightStar Care® Difference

Since 2002, we’ve delivered A Higher Standard® of care to grandmas and grandpas, moms and dads, spouses and children. Please allow us to introduce ourselves to your family.
  • BrightStar Care® Delivers the Quality Home Care Your Family Deserves

    When you choose BrightStar Care®, you choose a well-trained team that is dedicated to patient-centered care ranging from personal and companion care to specialized dementia care and skilled nursing services. We know that being in familiar surroundings provides your family member with a sense of independence and dignity – while also receiving the right care for their needs with a compassionate caregiver looking out for their health and safety. Our dedication to quality through Joint Commission accreditation and registered nurse involvement every step of the way give families peace of mind that their loved ones are experiencing the best care possible.

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Talk to a Local Care Expert

We have more than 365 BrightStar® Home Care agencies nationwide providing the highest quality home care services to seniors and adults of all ages as well as children. Contact your nearest agency to learn more and find out if home care may be right for you or your loved one.