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Do you need some additional help to take care of personal needs?

Let’s face it, no one wants helps with bathing or getting dressed. It’s not quite like that short scalp massage you receive from the hairdresser, but it may be a necessity if you have injured yourself, are weak from a recent surgery or illness, or have a disability. Being clean and wearing clean clothes just makes you feel better—it’s right up there with clean fresh sheets on a bed after you have been sick. And if you are feeling weak, you may need some help to get out of bed or into the shower.

Personal hygiene is also a health issue, so it’s critically important to keep your body clean. If you need help temporarily after a recent hospitalization or are permanently unable to safely bathe yourself due to progression of a disease, look into personal care service. It’s not all about a bath, personal care also includes dental hygiene, grooming, and dressing assistance so that you feel refreshed. Personal care professionals can help you move from a bed to a chair or even provide standby assistance while you’re in the shower. While a private homecare agency is never allowed to dispense medication out of a pill bottle, they can assist you in other ways, like reminding you that it is time to take your medications. (Note that if you need more help take your medications or other nursing services, empowerline can also connect you to home health agencies that are licensed to provide these more complex services.)

It is important to keep in mind personal care service is non-medical and is not the same as skilled nursing care. So, for example, the personal care assistants who help you will not provide wound care, give injections, clip finger or toenails (because of the potential danger to individuals with diabetes), or administer medications. A supervisor will assure that services are received in accordance with a plan of care that you develop with the agency. You can also include your family or other trusted persons to help develop your plan of care.

How do I get personal care?

If you think that you may need personal care in your home, give empowerline a call. We can connect you to private home care providers that are licensed by the state of Georgia to provide personal care, some nursing services, and companion or sitter services.  We can also help you explore residential options, including personal care homes and assisted living, that provide personal care for residents.

Many people pay privately for personal care in their own home. If you cannot afford to pay for this service yourself, we can let you know about other options for payment.  It is important to know that Medicare does not pay for this service. If you are eligible, a Medicaid waiver can provide personal care in your home. There are also other publicly-funded personal care for older adults (over age 60). We can help you determine if they are a good fit for you and, if there is a waiting list, we can get you on the list.

Personal care must be provided by a private home home care agency that is licensed through the Department of Community Health. These agencies have taken measures to ensure your safety. The staff they hire to provide care have undergone criminal background checks and required training.

How do I get health care?

To receive skilled nursing services in your home, you will need home health care. Before receiving home health care,  you will first need to get a doctor’s order. Once you have your doctor’s orders, you can select the home health care agency to provide your care.  Empowerline is available to help you with that search.  A registered nurse will supervise the care on a regular schedule to assure that services are received in accordance with a plan of care that you develop with the agency.  You can also include your family or other trusted persons to help develop your plan of care.

Medicare pays for home health care, so you can also find out more about the service, whether you qualify for Medicare to pay for it, and how to choose a Medicare-certified home health agency.

Home health agencies are licensed through the Department of Community Health and certified by Medicare. These agencies have taken measures to ensure your safety. The nurses and nursing assistants who provide care have undergone criminal background checks and training.

Need more information?

If you need personal or home health care, give us a call. All of the inclusions and requirements will be explained to you in full so that you are comfortable getting the type of  help you need. Empowerline can also help you wade through the options and find a provider in your area. Connect with us today to learn more about specific programs and discover the right care for you.

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