As people age, occasional aches and pains are to be expected. Sometimes, though, they get to the point that an older adult may start having trouble doing everyday activities like shopping, cooking and taking care of their home or themselves. Should this happen, some outside assistance may become necessary to ensure that the older adult can remain in their own home.
You can get almost any type of help you want in your home. Some services may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or through MARC’s Title III program. Others are available on a private-pay basis. The most commonly provided services include:
Personal care. This includes bathing, washing hair and dressing. Medicaid, private insurance and Title III may cover this service.
Homemaking. Homemakers are available to help with services such as house cleaning, changing bed linens, grocery shopping and laundry. Some agencies provide homemakers who can cook meals. Medicaid, private insurance and Title III may cover this service.
Medication management. Professionally licensed staff can visit the home on a regular basis to set up and monitor medication compliance. Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or Title III might pay for this service.
Medical and health care. Registered nurses (RNs) may provide skilled medical care: giving medications, monitoring vital signs, dressing wounds and teaching family caregivers how to use complicated equipment at home. Licensed therapists work with patients to restore or maintain their motor, speech and cognitive skills. Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance might pay for this service.
More about Title III
The MARC Department of Aging Services provides homemaker, personal care and medication management services to older adults aged 60 and above. Like the other services provided by the MARC Department of Aging Services, there is no set fee scale for these services. Clients are asked to make voluntary contributions to offset the costs of the services they receive. Also similar to other services, clients may find there is a waiting list for services.
The services are provided through contracts with local agencies and organizations. Please note that at this time, many of the service providers have a waiting list. If you would like to know which agencies to contact to place your name on a waiting list, please call the KCConnect line at 816/421-4980.
Resources for In-Home Care
It has often been said that knowledge is power. When it comes to in-home care and assistance, this is certainly true. Here are some other resources where you can look for help: