- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 10 February 2019
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard* are in their late 80s. Thanks to help from their retired son, Jack*, and support from LifePath, they still live in their own home. Mrs. Bernard has dementia and needs a caregiver, but she only wants Jack in her home. Through the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) program at LifePath, the family chose to hire Jack as a paid caregiver. Jack receives payment for 10 hours of service a week to care for both his aging parents (*names have been changed).
The CDC program is one of many programs within LifePath’s Home Care Services department. This program is special because it allows you to choose to select your own caregiver. A neighbor, friend, or even a family member (spouses are excluded) can receive payment to care for you.
“Consumer Directed Care allows the client greater control over how they receive services in their home,” says Cindy Ray, Home Care program director. “It's a great option for those who prefer to ‘hire’ someone they already know and trust, or it can provide a means of payment to those in the community who may already be helping a senior in need.”
You, or your caregiver, can make a referral for Home Care Services by contacting LifePath. Just tell the receptionist you want to make a Home Care referral. A resource specialist will then take your information. Within a few days, a case manager meets with you and others of your choosing in your home to learn more about your situation and develop a plan of care.
During the initial visit, the case manager uses financial information you provide to determine your deductible. For most individuals, the copay equals only a fraction of the cost of the services.
Once services are in place, your case manager stays in touch to ensure that your needs are met. The case manager offers support and resources and can make modifications to your care plan as your needs change.
Home Care Services may include light homemaking, chore services for heavier jobs, personal care, and/or home delivered meals. For people with dementia or other mental health needs, supportive home care aides are available, as well as respite services to give stressed caregivers a break from their dedicated work. Adaptive equipment such as bath benches, grab bars, and Lifeline services are also an option.
Why call LifePath for in-home support?
When you need some help at home, we will be there with the support and services you need to keep living in the place you want to be.
If you’re trying to return home from a hospital or nursing home stay, we’ll be there to get you back home, safe and sound, with services to help keep you there.
You’ll make the decisions while our case managers connect the dots to bring you the services you need.
You don’t know what benefits you’re eligible for or services you can access unless you ask. We’ll help you learn about programs which can support your needs.
Services don’t stop with Home Care. Call us to learn about the many more support options we offer.
We help elders and also offer support options for their family caregivers and loved ones who do so much. Don’t go it alone!