Activities of daily living, or ADLs, are an important part of how health care providers and insurance companies measure the needs of seniors. For insurance purposes, there are six ADLs that need to be evaluated. These include grooming, dressing, toileting, transferring, eating, and ambulating.
In short, these are the six main things that are looked at to determine whether or not someone can safely live in their home. If an older person can’t prepare meals, get around safely, or otherwise take care of themselves, then they will likely qualify for some sort of senior care service. Depending on the level of assistance needed, the person typically only needs to struggle in one of these areas to qualify for care.
ADLs might be the primary point of contemplation when it comes to whether or not insurance will pay for some types of senior care, but this doesn’t mean that it’s the only thing that plays a role in whether or not your elderly mom or dad actually needs care.
In reality, there are many things that people do on a day to day basis that can impact how well they are able to live on their own. This includes using a phone or computer, getting to and from doctors’ appointments, cleaning up after themselves, taking care of their bills and income, and a lot more. If you have an older loved one struggling with something like this, but not with one of the main ADLs, they likely need some sort of assistance, even if they don’t necessarily qualify through an insurance company. Something more is needed.
If you would like to learn more about how in-home care might benefit those that you love, we are here to help. Senior care is a big, important decision. It’s not one that should be made too quickly or without enough information. And it’s not one that should be made with just whether or not daily activities will be accounted for. Matching experience, training, background, and personalities is also important. This is why all senior care services aren’t created equally. Some services take great pains to ensure that only the ideal candidates are hired, while others are less selective when it comes to who they will hire.
Here at Paradise In-Home Care, we ensure that all of our caregivers go through extensive background checks and trainings before they start with us. We know how stressful this process can be for your family, so we do all that we can to put your family’s unique set of needs first. This is one of the big benefits of in-home care–it can be administered in a one on one setting so that the person providing care is focusing their attention on just one individual, and not a whole group.
If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to reach out. One of our trained professionals would love to talk more and outline how in-home care might benefit the people that you love. Get in touch today to schedule a free, no obligation, consultation. It might very well be the first important step toward finding the ideal help for your family.