Helping Individuals Stay In Their Own Homes
There may come a time when you feel you can’t manage your home and health needs on your own. Milestones’ Care Coordination can manage services to help you remain independent and safe in your own home. To qualify, you need to be at least 60 years old or an adult with a disability, live in Iowa, and have a need for long-term care services.
What Is Care Coordination?
Care Coordination sets-up and manages in-home services. Care Coordination will not take the place of family or friends who are already helping you. It will support their efforts and fill in where needed. Care Coordination represents a lot of people and agencies who want to help support you in your home.
How Can it Help Me?
A variety of home and community based providers are available to fulfill your needs. A typical care plan may include home-delivered meals, help with house cleaning and transportation to doctor’s appointments. Or it could be as simple as a personal emergency response system. It’s your choice as to the amount of help you get and by whom. Milestones can provide a list of helpful community based service organizations that include:
• Homemaker and chore services
• Home-delivered meals
• Assistive devices (walkers, bath chairs, etc.)
• Nursing services or home health aide
• Home and vehicle modification
• Mental health outreach
• Nutrition counseling
• Personal emergency response system
• Adult day care or respite care
How Does It Work?
A home visit is arranged by a Milestones’ Care Coordinator. He or she will ask questions to determine what services meet your needs. You choose the service provider you want and the Care Coordinator will arrange and continue to coordinate these services for you. The Care Coordinator is interested in your well-being and responds to your needs. They will also make the communication connection between you and out-of-town family members regarding your care needs.
When Should I Consider Care Coordination?
• Personal needs cannot be met by family and friends.
• Multiple health problems cause a need for assistance with daily tasks.
• Alzheimer’s disease, severe memory loss or other forms of dementia requiring
oextra care and help.
• A nursing home placement seems to be the next step.
• Help is needed after returning home from a hospital or nursing home stay.
What Does It Cost?
There is a sliding-fee schedule for the coordination service; however, in-home care providers may charge for their services which may be covered by Medicare and your private insurance. Or, you may be eligible for the Medicaid Elderly Waiver program. Contact your county’s Department of Human Services office for application details.