24 Hour Care in Chattanooga TN
Since 1998, Amara Home Care has been blessed to provide in-home care to our outstanding senior community in Greater Chattanooga. With over two decades of experience, we have crafted expertise in providing 24-hour care to those in need of around-the-clock services. Considered one of the most complex and challenging of all senior services, 24-hour care involves caregivers working day and night to meet the patient’s needs. Our area of coverage includes the Greater Chattanooga Area (Hixson, Ooltewah, East Ridge, Soddy Daisy, Cleveland, etc) and also North Georgia (Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold, etc.)
Amara’s 24-Hour Care Process
We offer one hour to twenty-four-hour care. Below is Amara’s policies, as refined after two decades of experience.
- One Caregiver Shift –
- Two Caregiver Shifts –
- Backup Caregivers –
- Team Roles – RN, LPN, Social Worker, etc?
Who Needs Around-the-Clock Care?
You might be asking yourself, when is it time to consider 24-hour care for my elderly loved one? Below are specific signs that you should watch out for:
- Has your loved one fallen recently? Is this their first fall? Do you feel they are at risk of falling again? As reported by The National Council on Aging, one in four Americans falls each year, the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults.
- Is your elderly loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia? Individuals with memory loss are more prone to mixing up medications, forget to turn off appliances like the stove or oven, and even wander outside their house and get lost.
- Has your loved one suffered from a urinary tract infection? Elderly individuals who have had one urinary tract infection are more prone to repetitive infections.
- Has your elderly loved one recently had an extended stay at a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or mental health treatment center? 24-hour care does not necessarily have to be a long-term plan. Some patients may only require it temporarily to get back on their feet.
- Is your elderly friend or family member at risk of dehydration? Commonly a problem among Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, dehydration poses a severe health risk for seniors.
- Is your senior loved one incapable of activities-of-daily-living, such as cooking meals, doing the dishes, cleaning, and doing the laundry? In such circumstances, the risk of falling increases due to their frustrations in performing what was once simple tasks. Around-the-clock care can make homemaker services easier for both the senior and their family members.
- Is your elderly family member lonely? Full-time caregivers can fill a socialization void in the senior’s life. This is usually referred to as companion care. The caregiver spends quality time with the patient playing games such as puzzles and cards, taking walks outside, and watching favorite television shows.
Does Medicaid or Medicare Cover 24-Hour Care in Tennessee?
Some Medicare Advantage Plans do cover 24-hour home care (non-medical). You have to check with your insurer to find out if your plan qualifies.
Tennessee has an excellent Medicaid program called TennCare Choices. Disabled individuals qualify for different guidelines than those non-disabled. Seniors age 65+ also qualify for financial assistance towards non-medical home care in Tennesee, which can also be used for around-the-clock services. It is important to check the qualification guideline and annual reimbursement amount, as they are subject to change every year. Here is a link to the TennCare Choices website.
How Much Does Amara Charge for 24-Hour Care?
Is 24-Hour Care the Same Thing as Live-In Care?
Although a caregiver is with the patient around-the-clock in both situations, 24-hour care is technically different from live-in care. The main difference is the caregiver shifts. Live-in care typically only has one caregiver living with the patient full-time, whereas 24-hour care works in caregiver shifts. Both are excellent options; however, most home care providers do not live-in care because it is rare to find caregivers willing to live in the patient’s home. At Amara, we provide 24-hour care rather than live-in care. We pair the senior patient with caregivers who fit their personality and needs, building rapport, friendship, and trust. Having a team of caregivers also prevents caregiver burnout.