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Providing The Best In-Home Care, Elderly Care & Senior Care
At FirstLight, we understand that you are the best judge of what your loved one needs. Our FirstLight Home Care office serves the areas of Springfield, Lorton, Alexandria, and Franconia with home and senior care services that are developed with that in mind. As we work out a plan for your family member, we respect what you tell us. We talk with your loved one as well, to establish a rapport so they will be comfortable with our companions and caregivers. We have the same goal you do—to help your family member to be as independent as possible and to maximize their quality of life.
Here are some of the ways that we can help:
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?
Our senior services include household tasks such as light cleaning, cooking, and laundry. We also provide personal services such as hygiene, bathing, and toileting and incontinence care. We will assist with mobility and eating. Whether you need short-term or long-term home care services, we provide the areas of Springfield, Lorton, Alexandria, and Franconia with home and senior care services that are available 24/7 and 365 days per year.
Home care services with FirstLight are not just for the elderly. We provide care for adults of all ages, whenever and wherever it’s needed. While we offer help to seniors who want to age in their own homes, we also offer services to people recovering from surgery. We help family members with disabilities, chronic illness, or special needs. We work with new mothers and families with deployed service members. We can even help with people who only need someone to keep them company and to talk with.
What Are the Advantages of Home Care Versus Senior Care in a Facility?
The primarily advantage is freedom. With in-home care, seniors are able to remain active and independent longer. They are able to come and go on their own schedule. Home care also has emotional and mental health benefits. Depression is very common with seniors in nursing home settings, which can have a dramatic effect on physical and mental health and negatively affect the quality of a senior’s life.
At a family’s request, FirstLight Home Care caregivers can make a positive difference by providing companion care and personal assistance. These can include taking the client to doctor’s appointments, helping to run errands, or even taking them out for a nice meal.
How Do I Get Started With Home Care?
FirstLight Home Care of Springfield serves the communities of Lorton, Alexandria, Arlington, Franconia, Annandale, Burke, Fairfax Station, McLean, Ft. Belvoir, and Mt. Vernon with home and senior care assistance services.