093 Hiring In-Home Care for Aging in Place: What to Know


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By Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, Leslie Kernisan, and MD MPH. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In This Episode:

Dr. K talks with Michelle Allen, LCSW, about what families should know, when they want to obtain or hire in-home care to help an older person with aging in place. Michelle is an experienced social worker and geriatric care manager based in Atlanta, and is a featured expert providing guidance in Dr. K’s Helping Older Parents Membership Community. They discuss:

  • How geriatric social workers (and geriatric care managers) help older adults and families address aging issues
  • Why families and older adults usually seek out privately paid in-home care
  • Why most of the home care services older adults need to age in place are not covered by Medicare
  • What is “home health care,” and how to get Medicare to pay for certain medically skilled home services
  • What to know about hiring paid in-home caregivers
  • The pros and cons of hiring through an agency versus hiring an individual caregiver
  • Why families have to pay taxes, if they hire someone without going through an agency
  • Common mistakes that families make, when hiring in-home help to assist an older person
  • Why aging in place may not work out, and how to plan for other options
  • The benefits of working with “life care planning” elder law firms, which provide geriatric care coordinators such as Michelle

Related episodes:

059 Interview: Long-Term Care Insurance & Financing Late-Life Care Needs

017 Interview: Paying for Long-Term Care & Other Family Caregiving Challenges

Related Resources:

For more information on the Helping Older Parents Membership Community, where people helping aging parents can regularly get guidance from Dr. K and from Michelle Allen:

Learn More About the Helping Older Parents Membership Community!

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