May 6, 2019
Parkland Spanaway Branch Library
13718 Pacific Ave., S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Caring at Home Is Key to Health Care
Keys to Caring @ Home
Monday, May 6, 2019
Many of us will need some form of long term care in our lifetimes. And about 80% of that care will be provided at home by family. The best care can produce the best outcomes. Whether adult children are caring for their parents or older adults are caring for their children and grandchildren, it’s important to choose the right care that maximizes quality of life and minimizes wasted expenses. Learn what services are available, how to ask for the kind of care you need, the costs involved, options for paying for care and the pitfalls that can easily be avoided with a little advance knowledge.
About eighty percent of us will need some form of long term care in our lifetimes. But the reality is that most of that care will be provided at home, not a health care facility. And the needed help is often not medical care but rather assistance with basic personal tasks. More and more families are relying on in-home care of a loved one for both short and long-term care.
“Keys to Caring @ Home” is an opportunity to learn about caring at home, the services that are available, the difference between home care and home health, working with providers, paying for care and how to avoid expensive services that can drain a family’s resources quickly.
“There is no cookie-cutter solution when it comes to needing care at home,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “The needs of each care recipient and the situation of each family often dictate the mix of care that needs to be provided. Quite often the most important part of planning for care is knowing the right questions to ask when the need arises.”
The conversations will be held four times in February:
• May 6 – 6:30 p.m. – Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
• May 13 – 12:10 p.m. – Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th Street, Tacoma
• May 13 – 6:30 p.m. – Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Pt. Fosdick Rd., Gig Harbor
The most frequently utilized services for assistance in the home are “home care” and “home health.” Although their names sound very similar, they are quite distinctive. Knowing the difference and knowing the right questions to ask can save families hundreds and thousands of dollars over time. Additional resources can also be used the supplement these services.
While many families pay for care out-of-pocket or through health insurance or long-term care insurance, there are also a number of publicly funded resources that may help families pay for care. With some programs the eligibility for receiving assistance is very generous. This may save families on the cost of care but might also enable care to be extended over additional weeks or months.
“Keys to Caring @ Home” is an information only event sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. Each session is free and open to the public. Anyone of any age can attend. No RSVP is required. For more information about the presentations, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.