What Is Non-Medical Home Care?
Non-medical home care, sometimes just called home care, is for anyone who needs help with routine personal care tasks that they can no longer handle on their own such as bathing, getting dressed, and going to the bathroom.
These are basically the same services that you would receive in assisted living, only they are delivered in the comfort of your own home. Non-medical home care gives family members and others who might care for you on a regular basis an opportunity to take breaks.
However, just as the name indicates, no medical care is provided with non-medical home care.
What Is Non-Medical Home Care Like?
If a home care agency provides your care, agency staff will work with you and your family to plan and schedule your care. Then one or more home care aides will be assigned to work with you, depending on your needs.
You may only need help a few hours a day several days a week, or you may need it most of the day every day. If you need help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, then you may need a live-in home care aide.
Regardless of how many hours of care you need, the care professionals who work with you will get to know you and your routines. And they’ll help you to do things you have to do on a regular basis like taking a bath, getting dressed and moving around so that you can stay in your home.
The biggest benefit of non-medical home care is that it provides you with the personal care assistance that you need to continue living in your own home. It also can ease the minds of family members who may worry about your care and safety when they can’t be with you, or when they live far away.
Non-medical home care is also less expensive than assisted living, which provides you with similar services in a residential facility, rather than in your private home.
Is Non-Medical Home Care Right for Me?
Consider these statements below to determine if they describe you:
- I am still relatively healthy.
- I like having my own living space.
- I like being independent.
- I do not want to leave my home.
- I prefer to live on my own, but do not have a relative or friend who can stay with me all the time.
- I need help getting in and out of the bathtub or taking a bath or shower.
- I need help getting dressed.
- I need assistance with personal grooming.
- I get my medicines mixed up or can’t remember when to take them.
- I can no longer cook or need help preparing meals.
- I can no longer drive or can only drive very short distances.
- I no longer feel safe in my home.
- I feel isolated in my home.
If most or all of the above Independence and Daily Living statements apply to you, and you do not need regular nursing or medical care, then non-medical home care is a good option for you if you are able to stay in your home.
- If you are unable to stay in your home, then consider assisted living.
If most or all of the above Independence and Daily Living statements apply to you, and you do need regular nursing or medical care, then consider these options:
- Medical home health care if you are able to stay in your home
- Skilled nursing care if you are unable to stay in your home
If all or most of the Independence statements apply to you, but not the Daily Living statements, then consider these options:
What to Expect from Non-Medical Home Care?
Non-medical home care typically includes assistance with the following:
- Getting dressed
- Oral hygiene
- Moving about in the home
- Managing and taking medicines
Non-medical home care may be delivered in conjunction with other types of home services, such as companion care, in which a home companion spends time with you and helps with household chores, cooking, errands and transportation; and medical home health care, which is when you receive care from medical professionals like nurses and physical therapists in your home.
The costs of non-medical home care can vary depending on where you live and the amount of care you require. Home care agencies typically charge this care based on an hourly rate. In general, the costs of non-medical home care are lower than most other care options, including respite care, assisted living and skilled nursing care.
Since this type of care is non-medical, it is not typically covered by Medicare when delivered alone; however, some or all costs may be covered when provided in conjunction with doctor-prescribed medical home health care. Otherwise, home care is usually paid for by the senior receiving care or by their family. Some long-term care insurance may also cover or partially cover non-medical home care services.
Introduction to Charlottesville, Virginia and Surrounding Areas
The central Virginia city of Charlottesville is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, approximately 70 miles northwest of Richmond and 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Established as a town in 1762 and incorporated as an independent city in 1888, Charlottesville is autonomous and not subservient to any county or other political subdivision. Major highways through Charlottesville are U.S. Route 250, U.S. Route 29, and Interstate 64.
Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, which was founded in 1819 by native son Thomas Jefferson. Consistently listed among the top ten public universities nationwide, the university is a strong factor in the city's community life and serves as the area's focal point for cultural and sporting events. Steeped in historic value, the Charlottesville area lays claim to having raised three ex-Presidents (Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, and James Madison), whose former homes are now historic sites and architectural wonders which attract thousands of visitors every year.
Owing largely to the presence of the university, the technology industry is a continuously growing staple of the local economy. More traditional industries like agriculture are also prominent in the region, which embodies nearly 200,000 acres of orchards, vineyards, and cattle farms. The region's fastest growing industry is the grape business. Local wines and vineyards are nationally recognized and the area is highly ranked among the country's wine producers. Another significant local industry is horse farming, as evidenced by the more than 13,000 horses stabled in the city and surrounding county.
Things to do and see in Charlottesville
Nearly two million travelers per year visit the Charlottesville area to see the area's historic sites and take in the spectacular scenery of Central Virginia. Perched on a nearby mountain overlooking the city is Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, which offers tours and hosts special events and ceremonies. Only a mile down the road from Monticello is Ash Lawn-Highland, former home of James Monroe. Here visitors can explore beautiful gardens and enjoy the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, which offers six to eight weeks of full-length opera and musical theatre productions. About 45 minutes north of Charlottesville is Montpelier, the former home of James and Dolly Madison. This is a 2,750-acre estate that includes racecourses, a National Landmark Forest, active archaeological sites, and more than 130 buildings.
Charlottesville and surrounding Albemarle County are a paradise for nature lovers. Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway offer breathtaking views of valleys and mountains to tourists who don't even need to leave their cars. Hikers can enjoy the many short and long trails which wind through the woods off these roads. Charlottesville is also home to a large number of parks with playgrounds, picnic areas, public tennis courts, and swimming pools. Other popular area activities are hot air balloon rides, golf at world-class resorts, and tours of one of the many local vineyards in the area, a few of which are listed here:
- Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery
- DelFosse Vineyards and Winery
- Jefferson Vineyards
- Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard
Charlottesville has an active art, music and theater scene. The Downtown Mall, one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the country, is the location of the Virginia Discovery Museum. A 3,500 seat Charlottesville Pavilion Amphitheater attracts big name acts to the area. The newly renovated Paramount Theater hosts Broadway shows and concerts by nationally-known entertainers. The city also hosts an annual Virginia Festival of the Book, and is home to many prominent writers including John Grisham and Rita Mae Brown, as well as former home to Edgar Alan Poe and William Faulkner.
Charlottesville has no professional sports teams, but local sports fans are captivated by the University of Virginia Cavaliers, who have a wide fan base across the region. Cavalier football games are played in Scott Stadium, which is also used as a venue for large concerts by such artists as the Rolling Stones and the Dave Matthews Band. The John Paul Jones Arena, which opened in 2006, is where the University of Virginia basketball teams play their games. This new stadium is one of the largest in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Not surprisingly, The University of Virginia has an active athletic rivalry with Virginia Tech. An even older rivalry (often referred to as "The South's Oldest Rivalry") exists between the Cavaliers and the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels.
Horseracing fans can enjoy the exciting world of steeplechase racing, held every fall and spring at The Foxfield Races.
Charlottesville Public Libraries
Jefferson-madison Regional Library
201 EAST MARKET STREET
Library Web Site