Q: How do you select your homemakers/companions?
All of our companions are carefully interviewed and screened prior to working for Your Home Companion. Please visit our Caregivers page for more detailed information.
Q: How long does it take to get a companion/homemaker?
First we prefer meet with you for an in-home consultation to determine what your loved one’s needs are. Once we determine, together, the needs of your loved and what services you would like, we can then place a companion within a very short period of time.
Q: What if my homemaker is sick or goes on vacation?
We have a continuous supply of excellent, caring homemakers that are ready on a moment’s notice in case of sickness or emergency. We certainly receive advanced notice of any vacation requests, so that is not usually an issue.
Q: Can I meet the homemaker/companion in advance?
Always. Your Home Companion strives to match all of it’s companion’s with the personality of your loved one. We discuss this during the in-home care consultation so we can plan ahead on selecting the right caregiver.
Q: Do I pay the homemaker?
No. We make it easy for you. Your Home Companion will invoice you for the services rendered and we in turn pay the companion.
Q: What is respite care?
Respite literally means a period of rest or relief. According to Answers.com, “respite care is often referred to as a gift of time.” Our services offer family members relief by providing driving services to and from doctor’s appointments, going grocery shopping, pet care, meal preparation and so much more.
Q: Who needs in-home care or elder care services ?
Anyone (adults, elderly, the mentally/physically handicapped) who needs additional help with their daily living activities and wants to remain living at home independently, rather than be institutionalized or live with relatives.
Or respite care for a family caregiver who needs time off from their caregiving responsibilities. Some of our clients include those suffering from Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Parkinson’s, Cancer, Arthritis, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis. Some of our Clients just suffer from loneliness and need human contact.
Q: What is “Caregiver Burnout”?
“Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able — either physically or financially. Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones.” (excerpt taken from WebMD)
This is where Your Home Companion steps in. We offer the family caregiver relief (also known as respite care) from their caregiving responsibilities, so that they may have time for themselves. We help family caregivers so they do not have to go through “Caregiver Burnout.” Our Companions do this by offering services such as meal preparation and light housekeeping.
Q: How much do your elder care services cost?
Your Home Companion bills its elder care services on an hourly basis. The rates are tiered and are based on the number of hours of service needed per week. The more hours needed, the lower the rate. We will be more than happy to discuss our rates with you. Feel free to call us in Annapolis, MD, Chester, MD or Easton, MD.
Q: In what areas are your caregiving services available?
Currently our elder care services are available in Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties.
Q: Are your caregiving services provided only in a home setting?
No. Our caregivers can visit and assist your loved-one in various settings, such as assisted living facilities, hospitals, long-term rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, as well as other facilities that your loved one may be staying.
Q: Are your elder care services cheaper than assisted-living or nursing homes?
Our elder care services cost less than what you will pay an assisted-living facilities or nursing homes, most of the time. During our in-home care consultation, we can set up a schedule specific to meet your loved one’s needs – this way you are only paying for the elder care services you need.
Q: Are your homemaker services covered by Medicare?
Unfortunately, no, our caregiving services are not covered by Medicare. Medicare only covers acute skilled care, usually after a hospital stay. We can work along side your Medicare provider to ensure your that loved one is receiving all the care that they need.
Q: Are your elder care services covered by long term care insurance?
Yes, most long term care insurance companies accept our types of services.
Q: What cities does Your Home Companion provide elder care services?
Your Home Companion provides elder care services to Easton, Kent Island, Kent Narrows, Stevensville, Centreville, Chester, Chestertown, St. Michael’s, Wye Mills, Tilghman, Cambridge, Oxford, Preston, Hurlock, Denton, Annapolis and the surrounding cities.
Q: Why should I use your elder care service instead of someone in the newspaper?
All of our caregivers go through a very rigorous hiring process, to include background checks and drug screenings. They are also licensed, bonded and insured. With Your Home Companion there aren’t any worries about the quality of the caregiver or the liability of having someone in your home – it is our responsibility.
If your not satisfied with your caregiver, we can replace them. If your caregiver is going on vacation we have someone ready to fill his or her place. We have a staff of professionals, from our caregivers/companions to our office staff, we are here to make sure everything runs smoothly and to address any concerns while we are caring for your loved one. We frequently monitor the elder care services provided to your loved one. We follow-up with you and/or your loved one, as well as our caregiver on a regular basis to ensure that top quality respite care service is being provided.
For more information about our Caregiving Services/Elder Care Services please contact us!
From Annapolis to Chester to Easton to Cambridge and surrounding areas: (410)443-0125 or (410)541-6604