Parkinson's Home Care
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What is Parkinson’s Disease?
One million people in the US suffer from Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder. Symptoms can vary from person to person but generally those with PD lose control over their range of motion which gets worse as time goes on. That being said, there is hope through medication even though some may not have symptoms for years after diagnosis or might never experience them at all! It’s important to know about these changes because they will impact day-to-day life and how you live your best life every day.
Some common Parkinson’s Disease symptoms include:
- Balance problems
- Low blood pressure
- Erectile and urinary dysfunction
How Home Care Helps with Parkinson’s Disease
People living with Parkinson’s disease have unique needs and challenges
Generations Home Healthcare understands and specializes in making life with Parkinson’s easier. Within our extensive staff of professional caregivers many have the skills and experience to care for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. They understand the physical, social, and emotional struggles that must be confronted each and every day from:
- motion and motor impairment (tremors, akinesia [slow movement], muscle rigidity, erratic and freezing gate), and transferring.
- speech impairment,
- swallowing difficulties,
- changes in sensation,
- incontinence or constipation,
- Parkinson related dementia and paranoia.
If you, or a loved one, are living with Parkinson’s, let us provide in-home care to assist with daily activities and ease the physical burden on spouses and family. An in-home care aide helps you maximize your independence while you continue to live in the comfort of home.
When choosing between in-home care and a nursing home facility, the right choice is the one that lets you do the activities you enjoy and be with the people you love. Home care is an affordable option that preserves your independence and enables you to stay connected to what matters most.
The Benefits of In-Home Parkinson’s Disease Care
- Fall and Injury Prevention
- Exercise Assistance
- Assistance with Speech
- Personal Care Assistance
- Calming Stress and Anxieties
- Maintain Home Safety
- Meal Preparation & Nutrition
Does Medicare Pay for Parkinson’s Disease Home Care?
- Medicare covers inpatient hospital care and some of the doctors’ fees and other medical items for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia who are age 65 or older. Medicare Part D also covers many prescription drugs.
- Medicare will pay for up to 100 days of skilled nursing home care under limited circumstances. However, custodial long-term nursing home care is not covered.
- Medicare will pay for hospice care delivered in the home, a nursing facility or an inpatient hospice facility for people with dementia who are determined by a doctor to be near the end of life.
- Medicare will not cover the cost of non-medical home care (long-term care) in the home. Medicare was designed to cover short-term illnesses and rehabilitation time.
Is Parkinson’s In-Home Care Cheaper Than a Nursing Home?
The cost of care at any level depends on the amount and type of care needed.
The average monthly cost of nursing home care in New Jersey is $12,151 according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021.
The average cost of elder care varies vastly between states, depending on the cost of living in the region. Generally, home care is always less expensive except in special cases where there is a need for 24-hour care or for offering specialized advanced treatments for prolonged periods.
In 2021 on average, a nursing home in New Jersey costs around $375 daily for a semi-private room and $405 for a private room, and as such the monthly charges come to $11,254 for semi-private rooms. So, the annual costs come in the range of $135,000 for full-time nursing home care. In addition to this, there will be other expenses for dementia, memory care, or other special services offered.
Parkinson’s Disease Home Care tends to be much more affordable than nursing home care, and remains a flexible alternative.
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