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Illinois Home Care

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Illinois - Home Care

As you sift through the different housing options for your loved one, one option might appeal to you more than nursing homes or assisted living: Home Care. Home care can range from simple companionship to nursing services with the common thread of the senior being able to remain in their home. Illinois has recognized the wide spread preference of home care above institutionalized care, and in response has passed the Older Adult Services Act which re-allocated funds to support more home-based services. Read on to learn more about your many home care options.

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Families can choose the right home care option for a loved one. Non-skilled medical care offers assistance with tasks such as cooking, bathing, dressing, or light laundry. This is a good option when your loved one just needs extra assistance, but not medical care. If your loved one needs assistance with daily tasks and also needs medical care such as medication administration or wound care, then skilled medical home care is a better option. Visiting nurses can administer needed medical treatment right in the home.

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For more information, visit Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council.

Community Care Program

Illinois' Community Care Program was created in 1979 to provide a cost effective alternative to institutionalized care. While not explicitly a "home care" option, the Community Care Program provides services which allow seniors with decreased independence to remain in the comfort of their home. To apply, you must be an Illinois resident, at least 60, and have Medicaid. Depending on your income, CCP services may be free. The following are core CCP programs:

?Homemaker:The most popular CCP service, these background-checked individuals perform household tasks, run errands, and assist with personal care.

?Adult Day Service: Perfect for seniors in need of supervision during the day. Services include health monitoring, medication reminders, meals, recreational activities, and even personal care. Some centers specialize in specific ailments like Alzheimer's. Also, a great option for families in need of respite.

?Senior Companion: Volunteers spend time with seniors providing moderate help with daily tasks and companionship. This is a great option for Alzheimer's patients who can't be left alone and for families in need of respite.

Check out the web page for the Community Care Program for comprehensive descriptions of all CCP services.

More Resources 

Senior Care Guide: Care.com's comprehensive guide to senior care that helps readers understand senior care options by describing each option in detail and answering frequently asked questions.

For more information on senior healthcare, visit ourArticles and Resourcespage.

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For more information on home care, read Care.com's articleHome Care Versus Nursing Home Care.

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