Senior Care in Ann Arbor
Extraordinary People. Exceptional Home Care.
When a loved one needs some extra care, let FirstLight® Home Care of Greater Ann Arbor be the one to deliver it. We offer non-medical senior care to individuals in Ann Arbor, Canton and neighboring areas in Michigan. Whether your family member requires a little help around the house or 24/7 care, we can make life easier and more rewarding.
Here are some of the ways that we can help:
How Does FirstLight Home Care help maintain your loved ones lifestyle?
At FirstLight Home Care of Greater Ann Arbor, we provide help to seniors in a range of ways. This can include:
- Support while bathing and dressing
- Medication reminders
- Transportation to appointments or to run errands
- Mobility and transferring assistance
- Meal planning and preparation
- Light housekeeping
Our goal is to provide assistance where your loved one needs it, so they’re safe and comfortable.
With FirstLight Home Care of Greater Ann Arbor, your loved one can enjoy life again. They can get the physical help they need, as well as have a friend and confidant by their side, so they never feel alone.
We are proud to offer a wide variety of care solutions. From personal and companion care to more specialized care for Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, we can be there to help your loved one age in place.
If you are a family caregiver, we can also provide assistance throughout respite care service. With respite care, one of our caregivers will visit your loved one when you need a break. Self-care is important, especially for family caregivers. Having regular assistance from a professional caregiver can have a profound difference on your loved one’s life and yours as well.
How Do I Get Started with Senior Care?
Contact FirstLight Home Care of Greater Ann Arbor to set up an in-home appointment. We begin our process by listening first and learning about your loved one and their needs. We’re then able to recommend services that are right for them.
Call (734) 205-9448 today for senior care in Ann Arbor, Canton, Saline, Ypsilanti or another surrounding community in Michigan.
What is the Difference Between Home Care and Home Healthcare?
Both home care and home healthcare have the same goal: to keep your loved ones safe and as healthy as possible. Often, they work in tandem. A home healthcare nurse or physician’s assistant will visit your home and potentially adjust your prescriptions, while a non-medical caregiver will make sure these medications are taken on time. A physical or occupational therapist may design an exercise plan for you; a non-medical caregiver will help you with these exercises throughout the day. Home healthcare is usually prescribed by a physician when you need skilled care in your home. Both services require specific licensing and both assist with activities of daily living (ADL).
As far as costs, home healthcare is usually paid by Medicare, Medigap, Managed Care, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits and private pay. Home care clients are generally private pay, although Medigap, Long Term Care Insurance (LCTI) and veteran’s benefits are available as well. Some health insurance plans offer limited respite care coverage. Home healthcare services are usually temporary (generally a short period of time) and with limited frequency (one to two hours per week), whereas non-medical home care can go on indefinitely.
What is Non-Medical Care?
Non-medical home care fulfills a specialized niche between people needing medically skilled services and people who need non-medical companionship and help around the house.
At FirstLight Home Care, we provide non-medical in-home care that covers everything from household duties like cooking, cleaning, and laundry to individual needs such as bathing and hygiene, continence and toileting care, mobility assistance, and assistance with eating. We can help out with errands, organize bills, take care of paperwork, or just sit down and enjoy some pleasant conversation. Basically, our home care agencies provide whatever is needed to help people maintain their independence and quality of life. We provide both short-term home care and long-term home care that’s available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our home care services are available to people of all ages wherever and whenever they need it. This includes seniors that need some assistance to stay in their homes, care for the elderly who have chronic illnesses, families with members who have special needs or disabilities, people recovering from illness or surgery, new moms, and families of deployed military personnel. We can even serve people who just need someone to talk to enhance their daily lives.
What Are the Advantages of Home Care Versus Senior Care in a Facility?
In a word: freedom. According to AARP, 92 percent of people over the age of 65 want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Why? Because they enjoy their independence. Physically, in-home care can be better because it allows seniors to remain active longer. They can maintain their own schedules and a certain level of mobility. Emotionally it can be better, too, because some seniors who are put in nursing homes develop depression that can negatively impact their health and quality of life.
In some cases, families ask a FirstLight caregiver to come to a nursing home, assisted living facility, or retirement community to provide added companion care and assistance with tasks that may not be met in these institutions. This includes things such as running errands, going to doctor’s appointments, or taking a trip to a favorite restaurant.