Extraordinary People. Exceptional Care
Providing The Best In-Home Care, Elderly Care & Senior Care
When you choose our Columbus home and senior care assistance services for your parents or elderly loved ones, you can rest assured that our goal is to help them enjoy as much independence as possible and the best quality of life. We listen to you because we understand that you know your loved ones better than anyone else. We want them to feel comfortable with our caregiving role in their life, so we take the time to talk to them and get to know them. You’ll have peace of mind in knowing we are caring for your loved ones in the same way you would care for them yourself; we keep you involved, updated, and informed in their care.
Here are some of the ways that we can help:
What is the Difference Between Home Care and Home Healthcare?
While home care and home healthcare share the same goal of keeping your loved ones safe and healthy, there are some differences. A home healthcare worker, such as a nurse or physician’s assistant, can come to your home to adjust prescriptions or administer treatment. A non-medical caregiver can ensure medications are taken on time. An occupational or physical therapist can design an exercise plan, while a non-medical caregiver helps people do those exercises throughout each day. Both home care and home healthcare services require specific licensing and assist with activities of daily living (ADL), but home healthcare is prescribed by a physician who determines when someone needs skilled care in the home.
Costs and assistance with payment also differ between home care and home healthcare. Home care clients usually pay privately, and can get assistance with payment through Long Term Care Insurance, Medigap, and Veteran’s Benefits. Home healthcare can be paid through Medicaid, Medicare, Medigap, Managed Care, Veteran’s Benefits, or private pay. Help with limited respite care coverage is also available through some health insurance plans. Non-medical home care can be long-term, while home healthcare services are generally temporary or short-term, with less frequency, for example, one to two hours per week.
What is Non-Medical Care?
Non-medical home care provides specialized services that don’t include medically skilled services, such as helping with household chores or providing companionship.
Our Columbus home and senior care assistance services include non-medical services like light housekeeping such as laundry, cooking, and cleaning; personal care such as bathing, hygiene, toileting, and continence care; and assistance with eating or mobility. Our caregivers can also help take care of paperwork, organize bills, run errands, and offer companionship and conversation. Our home care agencies offer whatever is needed to help our clients remain as independent as possible and enjoy a good quality of life. FirstLight’s short-term and long-term home and senior care assistance is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
People of any age have access to our Columbus home and senior care assistance services, no matter when or where they need assistance. Whether we’re providing care for the elderly with chronic illness, helping seniors so they may stay in their own homes, assisting families with the care of those with special needs or disabilities, caring for people recovering from surgery or illness, offering a helping hand to a new mom, assisting a family of deployed military personnel, or offering companionship to someone who needs conversation, FirstLight is here to help.
What Are the Advantages of Home Care Versus Senior Care in a Facility?
In-home and senior care assistance services offer your loved one in Columbus a level of freedom not found in a facility. In fact, the AARP found that 92 percent of people over age 65 preferred to stay in their own homes as long as possible so they could continue to remain independent. Home care has physical and emotional benefits. In-home care allows seniors to stick to their own schedules, remaining physically active and mobile for a longer period of time. Many seniors who are placed in nursing homes become depressed, which has a negative effect on their health and quality of life. Remaining in their own homes with home care is better for them emotionally.
FirstLight caregivers also provide services within retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Our caregivers can help with tasks not provided by these institutions, including running errands or accompanying seniors to a doctor’s appointment or a favorite restaurant, or even just being there to talk and listen.
How Do I Get Started With Home Care?
If you would like to learn more about companion care, personal care, dementia care or any of our non-medical home care services, give us a call today or contact your local FirstLight Home Care location today.
FirstLight Home Care of Franklin, Delaware, and Union Counties provides home and senior care assistance services to the Central Ohio communities of Columbus, Delaware, Reynoldsburg, Clintonville, Upper Arlington, Dublin, Worthington, Hilliard, Grove City, Grove Port, Pickerington, Bexley, Westerville, Powell, Lewis Center, New Albany, and surrounding communities.