INDEPENDENT LIVING QUESTIONS
ASSISTED LIVING QUESTIONS
- how happy the residents seem
- how friendly and helpful the staff seem
- what kinds of recreational activities are posted
- what levels of care are available, and what is included in each level
- whether the community is licensed
If you have an opportunity to eat in the dining room, use that time to interact with other residents while you are sampling the food.
- Emerald Meadows — Grand Rapids, Michigan: (616) 954-2366
- Park Place Health & Wellness Center — Elmhurst, Illinois: (630) 936-4100
- Royal Atrium Inn — Zeeland, Michigan: (616) 772-1248
- Victorian Inn — Homer Glen, Illinois: (708) 301-0800
- Saratoga Grove — Downers Grove, Illinois: (630) 971-1995
- Village Woods — Crete, Illinois: (708) 672-6111
SKILLED NURSING QUESTIONS
IN-HOME CARE QUESTIONS
- Home Health (also called medical care, skilled care, licensed care) — medical services delivered by licensed professionals following a doctor’s orders, for patients who are homebound and under a doctor’s care; an agency offering home health services must be Medicare-certified
- Private Duty (also called home care, in-home care, sitter services, non-medical care) — services such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, transportation to physician appointments, help with bathing and dressing, medication reminders; usually the aides providing private duty services are not licensed
- Hospice (also called Comfort Care, Compassionate Care, End-of-Life Care, Palliative Care) — nursing care intended to make a patient comfortable when there is a life expectancy of six months or less; hospice is not designed to hasten death or “help” someone die, but rather to help patients live the remainder of their lives as fully as possible
- If you hire an independent caregiver, the IRS considers you that person’s employer, and you become liable for Social Security taxes, unemployment compensation, payroll taxes, and possible criminal penalties.
- If you hire an independent caregiver, you could be responsible to pay medical expenses and disability coverage if he or she is injured while working for you. If the caregiver doesn’t have insurance, you will be liable if he or she is injured on your property. You could also be considered liable if the caregiver causes injury to you, a loved one, or a third party.
- If you hire an independent caregiver, it is up to you to screen the person and make sure he or she can be trusted in your home and with your personal well-being.
Working through a licensed agency relieves you of the above worries.