• Poor Hygiene
• Driving problems
• Weight loss or gain
• Mobility issues
• Frail (muscle weakness, slow walking, exhaustion)
• Some type of dementia
• Dealing with the after-effects of stroke, cancer treatment or surgery
• Forgetting to take medication or taking it incorrectly
No we do not require a long-term contract. We want you and your loved one to feel comfortable using Gentle Shepherd Home Care now and in the future. Therefore, we have a simple agreement that outlines expectations and quality services to be performed. Whether you need us for a few hours a week, or a month, over-night, long-term or 24/7 we are here to exceed your expectations and provide your loved one with quality care and unsurpassed service!
Yes. We enable our services to follow your loved one wherever they may require our services. We provide one-on-one sitting services while your loved one is in the hospital, rehab, assisted living, or nursing home. Therefore, insuring your loved one is receiving proper care and companionship if you are unable to be there with them. Our caregivers accompany seniors on vacation as well.
- Respite Care: If a family member needs a break from caregiving for their loved one, whether an hour or several hours a week or month we are available
- Several hours a week or a month
- A “one-time” or “occasional” caregiving engagement is needed
- Every day or any day of the week for several hours or all day care
- Overnight care
- 24/7 Care
- Sitting with your loved one in the hospital, assisted-living, nursing care facility or rehab center
As you begin to research the various options for your loved one the cost and level of care becomes an important consideration. The average cost varies according to the level of care, number of hours and days your loved one requires assistance. Taking our quick Care Assessment will give you and your loved one a better idea of the amount of time and cost of in-home care.
There are many options to help pay for senior home care services in Colorado Springs. Please see below options available:
LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE (LTC)
Some long-term care insurance policies may include In- Home Care services. If your loved one purchased a LTC policy, we can help you evaluate the policy to see if it covers in home care.
VETERAN’S AID & ATTENDANCE
Aid & Attendance is a pension benefit for eligible veterans and surviving spouses. If your loved one is a US Military Veteran, we can help determine if they qualify and navigate the application process.
WHOLE LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES
Whole life policies build cash value over the lifetime of the policy. These policies allow for a cash-value withdrawal, which is the sum of the premiums paid into the policy. These withdrawals are typically non-taxable and may be used to pay for home care services. Contact the policy agent to discuss the options available
Your loved one may have saved for their own care or have other income that can support home care or other needs. Family members may also be willing to contribute funds to provide additional care and support.
A reverse mortgage may be an option if your loved one owns their current residence and has significant equity in the property. Contact a reverse mortgage company to learn more and a valuation of the property.
ADDITIONAL STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS
In our local, Pikes Peak Region, we have resources and programs for seniors who meet certain criteria. To learn more about these programs, please visit the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
In Home Care services offered by companies such as Gentle Shepherd Home Care are not covered by Medicare. Medicare will cover a limited number of visits by a nurse, or physical/occupational therapist following a hospital stay or those who are certified as disabled and have high medical needs.