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Jan. 25, 2023

Home Care VS Nursing Home

Thinking about home health care for you or your loved one but don't know how to get started?

Sam Gopinathan, CEO of New Wave Home Care, explains how home care works, how to pay for it with long term care insurance, and why it is important to seek out home care agencies over private caregivers.

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Sam Gopinathan only got started in his field after the 2008 recession when he was forced to leave his job as a mechanical engineer. But Sam didn’t get into his current field by chance.  

After a life-changing experience of helping to provide relief to a community devastated by natural disaster, he learned that establishing connection is a fundamental foundation of caring for others.  

He decided to work in home health care because it aligned his professional goals and personal values. Every day that he goes into work he is helping someone with their life.  

Sam states that long term care insurance is the only product that will definitively cover the costs of care when one needs it.  

Medicare will only pay for the medical side of things. It covers high acuity events, but not the nursing home stays that many people will need afterwards. Unless someone has less than $2,000 in assets, they will be paying for the latter privately.  

So how much care is provided by home healthcare? Sam explains that New Wave Home Care offers a minimum of 4 hours of care and a maximum of 24 hours. They help out with basic necessities like showering, meal preparation, and any other tasks that someone might not be able to complete physically.

Having the right amount of care early on can save expenses down the line, such as those that will occur if someone is injured.

In regards to payment, Sam states that 80-85% of clients pay via private funds, with 15% of clients using long term care insurance. Depending on what policy someone has, they can get almost 100% off care expenses.

Lastly, Sam examines the benefits of a professional long term caregiver over a private caregiver such as a family member, friend, or trusted employee. By seeking out help privately, someone can be risking a lot.

If you are employing someone privately, you are their employer on all records which can lead to a lot of trouble with lawsuits. It is also difficult to do background checks on a potential caregiver.  

In theory, a family member or spouse would be the best solution, but the emotional burdens often become a problem made even more difficult if the caregiver is a similar age.    

With their assurance of expertise and knowledge, and ability to do complex background checks, agencies are the best option.  






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