WHAT LEVEL OF CARE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

IINDEPENDENT LIVING

Housing for those not in need of additional assistance, such as 55+ apartments or independent/retirement communities.

CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (*SKILLED NURSING ONLY)

Housing whereby a senior can age in place.  Beginning with independent living, moving to assisted living, and finally skilled nursing as needed.  All are typically located together on one campus.

ASSISTED LIVING

Independent living with help provided for activities of daily living.

PERSONAL CARE HOME

Assisted living in a home-like setting and typically has fewer residents.

SKILLED NURSING/REHAB*

Licensed and equipped to provide residents with healthcare that meets the needs of more involved medical problems.

ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA ASSISTANCE

Provides special programs and assistance for those with memory loss.  Some may provide special security measures.

HOME CARE/HOME HEALTH (*HOME HEALTH ONLY)

Non-medical (home care) or skilled medical care (home health) that allows seniors to remain in their place of residence.

SENIOR DAY CARE PROGRAM

Services typically include meals and activities that provide social interaction.  Some centers may accommodate special needs such as Alzheimer's.

HOSPICE CARE*

End of life care for the terminally ill, usually via visits in the home or facility of residence

 

*Typically accepts Medicare

 

 

HOME CARE VS HOME HEALTH CARE

HOW DO I DETERMINE IF HOME CARE IS NECESSARY?

When self-care at home becomes difficult and/or family caregivers are not available to assist, home care may be the answer.  Home care often relieves family members of basic caregiving functions and makes it possible to spend quality time, rather than the functional caregiving time.  Home care is often easier and faster than moving to an institutional care setting and allows the senior to stay at home in familiar surroundings.

WHAT IS HOME HEALTH CARE?

When the need is for more than home and personal care, a home health care agency may be required.  Home health care provides skilled medical services (such as administration and adjustment of medication levels, monitoring an dressing of wounds, etc.)  in the home by trained medical personnel.  Home health care is always ordered and supervised by a physician.

WHAT IS HOME CARE?

Simply put, home care is non-medical, personal assistance provided in the home.  Home care may include help with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene.  It may include a wide range of services:  taking and recording vital signs, assistance in the bathroom, light housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, grocery shopping and pharmacy errands, home safety supervision, medication reminders, bill-paying, laundry, and transportation.  

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THE COSTS?

Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances are sources of payment for receiving home and home health care.  Home Healthcare services are typically medically necessary.  they are paid for my Medicare or other health insurance, and have been ordered by a physician.  Private duty home care services are typically paid for privately, or using long-term care insurance, reverse mortgage proceeds, or Veterans aid and attendance pension benefits, or some combination of any of these programs.

NEED LONG-TERM CARE?

 

MOST OF US DON'T LIKE TO THINK ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE, but there's a good chance that, sooner or later, we'll need it.  According to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will need long-term care services at some point in their lives.

If you or someone you care about needs long-term care, Texas Health and Human Services can help.  The agency offers a wealth of information to connect you to resources, healthcare providers and services that help you live healthier.

VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.DADS.STATE.TX.US.  Click "Help For Texans" and find information on services for people with medical or physical disabilities, intellectual or developmental disabilities, for older adults, and for caregivers who need a break from their duties.  When you go to his page you can start the application process that will let you know if you qualify for services.  

CALL 1-855-937-2372 for information.  Although you may not qualify for services, HHS can still steer you in the right direction.  The 28 area agencies on aging offer help to Texans age 60 and older, their family members and caregiver support services, in-home support and the ombudsman program.

DIAL 2-1-1 TEXAS, a program  operated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, connects Texans with the services they need.  Accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from more than 60,000 state and local health and human services programs is available by phone and online.  For more information dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211texas.org.

LONG=DISTANCE CAREGIVING CHECKLIST

HERE ARE A FEW ITEMS TO KEEP IN MIND DURING YOUR NEXT VISIT:

* Attend a doctors appointment with your parent ti find out current health status and concerns.

* Check with the pharmacy to make sure your parent is getting all his or her prescriptions filled and on a timely basis.

* Kitchen check-up.  Make sure to report any weight loss to the doctor as it can also be a sign of something more serious.  Check the refrigerator to make sure there is ample food or for outdated food.

* Access driving ability.

* Meet your parents' neighbors and close friends and get their phone numbers, and provide your emergency contact.

* Discuss your parents' wishes for health care and finances in case they are unable to make those decisions in the future.

* Gather a list of trustworthy, reputable eldercare and related resources in the community.

* Get copies of your parents' insurance card(s), physicians' names and phone numbers, key contacts and medical history.

* Do a safety evaluation of the home

* Consider a personal emergency response system.

LONG-DISTANCE CAREGIVING:  PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Here are some primary areas where aging parents often need help:

* Medication Management

* Meal Preparation

* Transportation

* Declining Mobility or Health

* Memory Problems

* Household Deficiencies

 HELP FOR CAREGIVERS

CAREGIVER INFORMATION, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, SERVICES AND ADVOCACY:

AARP:  aarp.org

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION:  alz.org/care

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION COMMISSION ON LAW AND AGING:  abanet.org/aging

ARCH/NATIONAL RESPITE NETWORK:  http://archrespite.org/home

AREA AGENCY ON AGING OF CENTRAL TEXAS:  capcog.org

CAREGIVER ACTION NETWORK:  caregiveraction.org

CARE CONNECTION AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER:  careconnection.org

CAREGIVER RESOURCE NETWORK:  caregiverresource.net

FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE:  caregiver.org

HELPGUIDE.ORG:  helpguide.org

LEADING AGE:  leadingage.org

NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR CAREGIVING:  caregiving.org

NATIONAL CAREGIVERS LIBRARY:  caregiverslibrary.org

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES:  dads.state.tx.us

TODAY'S CAREGIVER:  caregiver.com

USA.GOV:  USA.gov

CAREGIVER TRAINING:

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION:  alz.org

AUSTIN GROUPS FOR THE ELDERLY:  AGE:  ageofcentraltx.org

CAREGIVER LIST:  cargiverlist.com

CFHED:  caregivertraining.org

RED CROSS:  redcross.org

HELP FOR VETERANS

CLINICS

Austin Outpatient Clinic:  512-260-1368

Cedar Park Community Based Outpatient Clinic:  512-260-1368

FINANCIAL AID

Impact a Hero:  513-792-4070   impactahero.org

Horizon Outreach:  713-467-4966  horizonoutreach.org

Texas VFW Foundation:  texasvhw.org

FUNERAL AND BURIAL ASSISTANCE

Affordable Burrial and Cremation Service:  512-354-2509 or 524-200-0400  centraltexascremation.com

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery:  254-616-1770  www.cem.va.gov

Government Headstone or Markers:  800-827-1000  www.va.gov

Heart of Texas Cremations and Burials:  512-243-7277  heartoftexascremations.com

Military Funeral Honors:  militaryfuneralhonors.osd.mil

Travis County Burial Services:  512-854-9340  traviscountytx.gov

Veterans Land Board:  800-252-8387  glo.texas.gov/vlb

HELP LINES

United Way of Houston:  713-957-4357   unitedwayhouston.org

Veterans Crisis Line:  800-273-8255   veteranscrisisline.net

LEGAL

Lone Star Lawyers for Lone Star Veterans, Lone Star Legal Aid:  254-756-7944   probono.net

NVLSP:  202-265-8305   nvlsp.org

Texas Law Help:  texaslawhelp.org/veterans

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans:  texasbar.com/veterans

Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project Hotline:  800-622-2520   tlsc.org

TRANSPORTATION

Veteran Transport Service:  512-298-2532  (to and from VA clinics only)

SERVICES

Bastrop County Veteran Services:  512-581-4006

Central Texas Veteran Services Coalition:  512-341-4961

Hays County Veteran Services:  512-392-8387

TexVet:  512-341-4924   texvet.org

Travis County Veteran Services:  512-854-9340

Helping a Hero:  888-786-9531   helpingahero.org

Lone Survivor Foundation:  832-581-3592   lonesurvivorfoundation.org

US Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2):  877-393-9058

Wounded Warriors Project (WWP):  832-536-3098   woundedwarriorproject.org

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE

 

Project Mend, Inc:  888-903-6363

Durable Medical Equipment Lending Closets:

* AGE of Central Texas:  5122-451-4611   ageofaustin.org

* Ascension Lutheran Church:  512-345-4030

* Human Potential Center:  512-441-8988   humanpotentialcenter.org

* Kerring Group:  512-451-8853   kgaustin.com

* Lago Vista Volunteers:  512-567-7952

* Lakeway Service League:  512-267-1567

Muscular Dystrophy Association (Greater Austin):  512-691-0065   mda.org

* Project Ment, Inc:  888-903-6363

* Service League ofGreater Lakeway:  512-261-3514

* Texas DADS In-Home and Family Support:  855-937-2372