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Atlanta private home care

The Atlanta private home care industry has been offering many advantages to you and your family at home, providing care that is convenient for you and affordable cost-wise. Because of the structure of Home Care, Kosta Private Home Care can play a more significant role to helping you live a more comfortable, safe and healthy life right where you live. In the many years to come, we hope you will partner with us for short-term or long-term home care. We believe in our staff and we live to deliver more meaning to your life at home. After all, it is our business to care.

Your family might need a home care practitioner from Kosta Private Home Care. Call us at your most convenient time. We can provide additional information about in-home care programs upon your request.

Our contact information: 404-814-3092 for our hotline and info@kostaprivatehomecare.com for messages you want to email. Quality care is available to you 24 hours a day, throughout the seven days of the week.

Our company provides Skilled Nursing Care, Unskilled Nursing Support, Homemaking, Respite Care, Pediatric Nursing Care, Live-In Care and many other home care programs.

There are many companies in the Atlanta private home care business, providing private home care, we just feel that we are the best trusted, and most caring.

Home care, (also referred to as domiciliary care or social care), is health care or supportive care provided in the patient’s home by licensed healthcare professionals. It is often referred to as home health care or formal care. Often, the term home health care is used to distinguish it from non-medical care or custodial care, which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel.

Licensed personnel and others who assist the individual including caregivers and care assistants may help the individual with daily tasks such as bathing, eating, cleaning the home and preparing meals.

For terminally ill patients, home care may include hospice care. For patients recovering from surgery or illness, home care may include rehabilitative assistance.

Here is a little more information so you know what to look for when
you are trying to decide on a private home care service for you or your family member.

 

Professionals providing care

Professionals providing home care include licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, home care aides, and social workers. Rehabilitation services may be provided by physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and dietitians.[citation needed

Home care aides are trained to provide non-custodial or non-medical care, such as helping with dressing, bathing, getting in and out of bed, and using the toilet. They may also prepare meals.

Concept

“Home care”, “home health care” and “in-home care” are phrases that are used interchangeably in the United States to mean any type of care given to a person in their own home. These phrases have been used in the past interchangeably regardless of whether the person required skilled care or not. More recently, there is a growing movement to distinguish between “home health care” meaning skilled nursing care (usually provided by a Home Health Agency) and “home care” (provided by Homecare Agency or independent home health aide or caregiver) meaning non-medical care.

Home care aims to make it possible for people to remain at home rather than use residential, long-term, or institutional-based nursing care. Home care providers deliver services in the client’s own home. These services may include some combination of professional health care services and life assistance services. Professional home health services could include medical or psychological assessment, wound care, medication teaching, pain management, disease education and management, physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy. Life assistance services include help with daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, transportation, and companionship. Home care is often an integral component of the post-hospitalization recovery process, especially during the initial weeks after discharge when the patient still requires some level of regular physical assistance.

  • Activities of daily living (ADL) refers to activities, including bathing, dressing, transferring, using the toilet, eating, and walking, that reflect the patient’s capacity for self-care.
  • Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) refers to daily tasks, including light housework, preparing meals, taking medications, shopping for groceries or clothes, using the telephone, and managing money, that enables the patient to live independently in the community.

While there are differences in terms used in describing aspects of home care or home health care in the United States and other areas of the world, for the most part the descriptions are very similar.

“The Woman as Family Doctor”, by Dr. Anna Fischer-Dückelmann

Estimates for the U.S. indicate that most home care is informal, with families and friends providing a substantial amount of care. For formal care, the health care professionals most often involved are nurses followed by physical therapists and home care aides. Other health care providers include respiratory and occupational therapists, medical social workers and mental health workers. Home health care is generally paid for by Medicaid, Medicare,long term insurance, or paid with the patient’s own resources.

Aide worker qualifications

The state department of health issues requirement for that state. Workers can take an examination to become a state tested Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Other requirements in the U.S.A. often include a background check, drug testing, and general references.

Licensure and providers by state

California does not have licensure for non medical or custodial care services, and as such there are no entry requirements or minimum standards. a

Full service agencies do preemployment background checks, including (criminal), department of motor vehicle, and reference checks. Full service agencies also train, monitor and supervise the staff that provide care to clients in their home.

There is a certification available for home care companies in California, administered by the California Association for Health Services at Home.

Florida is a licensure state which requires different levels of licensing depending upon the services provided. Companion assistance is provided by a home maker companion agency whereas nursing services and assistance with ADL’s can be provided by a home health agency or nurse registry. The state licensing authority is the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Compensation

Compensation varies according to discipline, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the 2011 median hourly wage for home health aides was $9.91 per hour.

Supreme Court case relating to fees

For years, home care work has been selectively classified as a “companionship service” and exempted from federal overtime and minimum wage rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Supreme Court considered arguments on the companionship exemption, which stems from a case brought by a home care worker represented by counsel provided by SEIU. The original 2003 case, Evelyn Coke v. Long Island Care at Home, Ltd. and Maryann Osborne, argues that agency-employed home caregivers should be covered under overtime and minimum wage regulations.

Evelyn Coke, a home care worker employed by a home care agency that was not paying her overtime, sued the agency in 2003, alleging that the regulation construing the “companionship services” exemption to apply to agency employees and exempt them from the federal minimum wage and overtime law is inconsistent with the law.The Supreme Court heard the case in 2009.

In the court decision, the court stated the Fair Labor Standards Amendments of 1974 exempted from the minimum wage and maximum hours rules of the FSLA persons “employed in domestic service employment to provide companionship services for individuals … unable to care for themselves.” 29 U. S. C. §213(a)(15). The court found that the DOL’spower to administer a congressionally created program necessarily requires the making of rules to fill any ‘gap’ left, implicitly or explicitly, by Congress, and when that agency fills that gap reasonably, it is binding. In this case, one of the gaps was whether to include workers paid by third parties in the exemption and the DOL has done that. Since the DOL has followed public notice procedure, and since there was gap left in the legislation, the DOL’s regulation stands and home health care workers are not covered by either minimum wage or overtime pay requirements.

Statistics on consumers

Payment

710,000 paid by Medicare – Medicare often is the primary billing source, if this is the primary carrier between two types of insurance (like between Medicare and Medicaid). Also, if a patient has Medicare and that patient has a “skilled need” requiring nursing visits, the patient’s case is typically billed under Medicare.

235,000 paid by private insurance, or self/family – Private insurance includes VA (Veterans Administration), some Railroad or Steelworkers health plans or other private insurance. “Self/family” indicates “private pay” status, when the patient or family pays 100% of all home care charges. Home care fees can be quite high; few patients & families can absorb these costs for a long period of time.

Here are some additional resources in the Atlanta area that provide private home care services, they were provided by Atlanta Senior Resources, you can reach them at http://atlanta-senior-resources.com/private-home-care/

Alwlays Best Care Senior Services
Always Best Care provides both in-home care and Free Assisted Living Placement services in Northwest Metro Atlanta, Marietta, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, Smyrna, Sandy Springs, Vinings and Buckhead.
Angel in Your Home Personal & Companion Care Services
The right caregiver “match” is important to maintain a happy and healthy life. Our caregivers are carefully selected using our 7-step employment process and are chosen for their experience and dedication to quality care.
Cobb In Home Care
We help seniors enhance their quality of life by providing companionship and assistance in their homes — preserving their dignity, protecting their independence, and providing peace of mind for their loved ones.
Eldercare Systems
If staying out of a nursing home or assisted living as long as possible is clearly the goal, Eldercare can provide the support required to accomplish that goal. Expert, loving, & compassionate care for 20+ years.
First Light Home Care
First Light Home Care is a trustworthy non-medical home care provider specializing in companionship, in-home care, and peace of mind. We see caring for seniors as a privilege, not just an obligation.
Moses Home Multi-Lingual Home Care
When you are sick, disabled, recovering from an illness or dealing with a terminal disease, no place is more comfortable than your own home. Moses Home provides in-home care in a variety on languages.
Senior Connections Senior Services
Whether you are looking for classes and activities, or private home care, meals-on-wheels, home repair, aging-in-place home conversion, or assistance, Senior Connections is your one-stop answer.
Seniors Helping Seniors
Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is a very unique program that matches seniors who want to help with seniors who are looking for help. It doesn’t really matter who is the helper and who is being helped.
Seniors Helping Seniors
In Marietta and the surrounding area, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is a unique program that matches seniors who want to help with seniors who are looking for help.
Silver Companions – Companions for Life
Caring for an aging loved one can be extremely stressful and tiring. Silver Companions can help manage the daily activities for your loved one, from a few hours a day to around the clock, in the home.
Stay at Home
Stay at Home™ is an affordable and responsible option for seniors and those recovering from illness or hospitalization and need help maintaining the quality of life they have come to expect and enjoy.
Visiting Angels of West Cobb
At Visiting Angels, our Angels provide respite care, senior personal care, elder care, and companion care so that elderly adults can continue to live independently in their own homes.

This is a video laying out the criteria you should use for choosing a private home care service.

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