Home Care Info and Downloadable Resources
Below are some of the most common questions we hear from clients. Don’t see your question here? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
How Can Talem Help Me?
Talem Home Care and Placement Services can help you with things like:
- Free Care Management
- Free Senior Housing Location Services
- Supportive in home care services
- Social Engagement Programs
What is the difference between home health care and home care?
What type of care do you provide, including home care services?
We offer all the following:
- Personal Care
- Bathing Assistance
- Incontinence Care
- Mobility Assistance
- Oral Hygiene Care
- Skin Care
- Bed Positioning
- Dressing & Grooming
- Medication Reminder
- Companion Care
- Night Supervision
- Respite Care
- Meal Preparation
- Special Eating
- Post Hospital
- Transitional Care
What are some quick facts about your home care services?
We offer all of the following:
- Medicaid/Private Pay/Insurance/ VA Fee
- Non-Medical In-Home Care
- 24/7 availability (including Holidays)
- Same day service
- Caring for all ages
- Timely Response
- Free Consultation
- Over 20 years of health care experience
- Free Care Coordination
- Resource Coordination
- Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Home Health Coordination
- Running Errands
- Escort to Appointments
- Light Housekeeping
- Sitter Services
What distinguishes your home care services?
Do your home care aides receive training?
Yes, our caregivers are:
- Fully Screened with background checks and health approval
- Have completed hands-on training and orientation
- Have passed skill assessment tests
- Receive ongoing caregiver training
What are Free Senior Housing Location Services
For our clients, we offer free hands-on services that assist in finding alternative living situations for those who are unable to continue living at home. We can also help find the appropriate in-home assistance so that the senior is able to continue living at home.
Types of living situations may include:
- Independent living communities
- Assisted living communities
- Skilled communities
- Board and care homes
- Alzheimer's and dementia communities.
We complete a non-medical assessment to determine the needs and desires of the senior. This includes the care level needed, the ideal location, and the financial situation. We also obtain the medical information to help in finding the proper community. (A medical release is signed by either the Senior or the POA)
We help explore all financial assistance that may be available such as Long Term Care Policies, VA Aid and Attendance Benefits, and Savings to name a few. We also help determine if Medicaid is in the near future.
Talem Placement Services tours the community and evaluates the care levels, cleanliness, menus, activities / socialization, and exercise programs. Based on all of the criteria obtained in our interviews with the family and the senior, our goal is to provide 3 different options to our clients and their family. (There are however times that there may only be one option, based on either location, or financial position.) We will then take the family and/or the client to the communities and take them on a tour of the community.
We have a very large network of professionals that are able to help in completing the move, such as: downsizing, space planning for the new home, estate sales, as well as movers. All of these services are "fee for service"
We also work with professionals that are able to help with the Medicaid process, The VA Aid and Attendance Benefit, and we work with attorneys that can help with the POA process, should this be needed.
What is Free Care Management?
Free care management services are the focal point in Talem's care philosophy. As a part of our commitment to being an active member of the communities we serve, at Talem Placement Services, we want to become a trusted resource and information center for all to turn to when they don't know where to get answers.
To us, care management is defined as a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual's and family's comprehensive needs. This Includes things such as:
- Working in partnership with you, and if applicable, your responsible party, to understand your care needs and wants so that we can advocate on your behalf;
- Offering guidance and recommendations should you require additional support from a third-party health care provider, such as rehab, therapy, home health, hospice, mobile pet care, mobile podiatry, etc.;
- Routinely communicating with physicians, discharge planners, social workers, and other health care professionals regarding your condition.
- Benefits check to help you understand what your insurance covers.
- Assisting you to fill out the application for the Veterans Administration Aid & Attendance program.
What are the different types of Senior Housing?
Elder Cottage Housing Opportunities (ECHO) refers to accessory units and mother-in-law flats that allow a person to share a single-family home with another person or family. These flats are designed using universal design criteria that make them suitable for those with disabilities or age-related challenges. These pre-fabricated units can be added to or removed from an existing structure as needs change.
Active Adult Communities
These are age-restricted housing developments created for seniors who enjoy participating in various physical and social activities. This type of community attracts people who want to own their own homes in an environment that offers many amenities for seniors.
Independent Community Living
These are typically apartments that only accept people over a certain age – usually 55. The apartments are found in many communities. Some are under federal housing guidelines and will only accept low-income seniors, but most are privately owned and operate much like an apartment complex. A growing trend in these apartment complexes is to provide services that typically are not found in apartment buildings – like an on-site activities program, van services, and meals in a communal dining room.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)
These are communities where a continuum of care levels is offered (also known as Lifecare Communities). They are designed to provide active seniors an independent lifestyle while enjoying the privacy of their own home. Coordinated social activities, dining, and healthcare are provided as needed.
Some communities may require the purchase of Long Term Care Insurance as criteria for acceptance. Typically the insurance premiums are built into the purchase price and monthly fees. Additional fees may provide for: meals, scheduled transportation, housekeeping, unit maintenance, linen and personal laundry, health monitoring services, utilities, coordinated social activities, emergency call monitoring, and around-the-clock security.
Many of these types of communities require an entrance fee that may or may not be refundable, and this fee may be substantial in some cases. Therefore, it is imperative that the financial stability of the facility be thoroughly investigated. Although these facilities may help one “age in place,” inquire as to where a resident would be relocated if the nursing center became full or unavailable. Many reputable CCRC’s contracts with rehabilitation centers in the event they cannot keep the resident on site.
Downloadable Information About Talem
Navigating through the complexities and the confusion of today's health care system can cause you or your loved one to experience frustrations in coordination or in figuring out what to do next. Particularly during times of transitions. These transitions can be a change of physical location (e.g. hospital to home or rehab to home) or it can be a transition or change in your overall health. It is our goal to assist you through these times, so all you have to focus on is getting better.
Talem Placement Services can provide referrals to a variety of health care providers resources ranging from primary physician care, home health care services, hospice, financial planning, estate planning, or any other resource you may need.
We are committed to helping you or your loved one maintain a safe and independent life so you can remain in your home for as long as possible.
If you would like to speak with one of our case managers at no cost to you, please access our Get Started page, or call us and we will be more than happy to help support you in any way that we can.