Home Care Services are referred to as home and community-based services. These services are authorized by the Division of Senior & Disability Services and regulated by the Division of Senior and Disability Services and the MoHealth Net Division.
Services Provided by a Caregiver: Agency Directed
- Personal care (grooming, including bathing and dressing)
- Assistance in transferring
- Advanced personal care
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Grocery shopping and errands
- Preparing meals and cleaning up
- Range of motion
- Maintenance nursing (medication set-ups and assessment)
- Respite and advanced respite care
The services listed above often enable a person to remain at home rather than move to a skilled nursing facility. At Phoenix Home Care we are in the business of people, and we believe that every moment matters!
In order to qualify for in-home services, the individual must be elderly or disabled, eligible for Medicaid, and assessed by the Division of Senior & Disability Services to qualify for nursing home placement if the services are paid for by government funds.
In-home care isn’t just for seniors. It can also be a great choice for individuals with special needs, including those with developmental disabilities. Our Department of Mental Health, or DMH, offers a variety of Medicaid-supported services through the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities. Department of Mental Health services are designed to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and more. Most importantly, the services are designed to help clients remain independent in their own homes.
Department of Mental Health Services
Services through Phoenix’s Department of Mental Health provide everyday assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities. Those with additional special healthcare needs, like pain or chronic illness, may find the services especially beneficial. DMH services can also be helpful for caregivers and families who may have questions about optimizing their loved one’s care regimen. Phoenix’s Department of Mental Health offers a wide variety of services:
- Skin Care
- Therapy Extension
- Exercise Extension
- Meal Preparation and Feeding
- Customized services available on a case-by-case basis
Why Do DMH Services Matter?
Patient Quality of Life
First and foremost, Phoenix’s Department of Mental Health services help increase the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities. Services like meal preparation, transportation, and bathing can all provide stability and optimal health for patients while increasing peace of mind for families and caregivers. DMH services can also play an important role in a patient’s mental health. DMH services from an experienced caregiver can provide emotional support and social interaction, which are both especially important for special needs adults who may no longer be attending school. Additionally, adults with developmental disabilities can benefit greatly from the structure put in place by in-home care. Home care providers often develop close, supportive relationships with their patients, offering support and encouragement during daily activities and helping the patient develop vital social skills.
Caregiver Peace of Mind
As the family member or caretaker of an individual with a developmental disability, you want the best for your loved one. In fact, many individuals with developmental disabilities live at home with their families, depending on loved ones to fill essential caretaker roles. When a family member acts as an individual’s main care provider, it can leave little room for the caretaker’s own goals and livelihood. That can lead to burnout and depression. For that reason, professional in-home care is a great tool to provide respite to family members who double as caretakers.
In-home care is also a good option for older adults who may be caring for their adult children. The truth is, many adults care for their special needs children well into their golden years, which can lead to anxiety about care after the parent is gone. For that reason, it’s a good idea to get an adult with developmental disabilities accustomed to in-home care long before the caretaker parents worry about their own aging or chronic illness.
Who Is Eligible for DMH Services?
Department of Mental Health services can be customized to suit a host of patient needs. Phoenix’s Department of Mental Health services can improve the quality of life of individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities:
- Down syndrome
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Anxiety and mood disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Visual or hearing impairment
- Cerebral palsy
- Intellectual disabilities
- Head injuries
- Learning disabilities
Private Duty Care provide activities of daily living within an individual’s home. These services are designed to eliminate the need for unnecessary institutionalization by creating a safe living environment, fostering independence, and facilitating rehabilitation. Services are available to youths and adults who make arrangements for individualized care and private payment for services.
Private Duty Care services do not require a doctor’s order; however, clients in a hospital or skilled nursing facility can request direct private care on their own to avoid being discharged to another care provider.
Private Duty Care services are available for 8-, 12-, or 24-hour shifts. Hourly services are also available for those needing less than an 8-hour shift.
Private Duty Care Services Can Include the Following:
- Nursing services
- Care that never sleeps
- Respite care (to give relief to the regular family caregiver)
- Basic housekeeping
- One-on-one care in a hospital or nursing home situation
- Social outings
- Meal preparation and planning
- Grooming and personal hygiene
- Medication reminders
- Reading, conversation, and companionship
- Letter writing
- Pet care
Who Pays for Private Duty Care Services?
Private Duty Care services can be paid by any person, company trust officer, or family member that is not otherwise covered by private insurance, workers’ compensation, etc.
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At Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, our patients are our passion. We’re committed to connecting families and caretakers with services like meal preparation, transportation, and personal hygiene assistance for their loved ones through our Department of Mental Health Services. For more information on our Department of Mental Health services, contact us online today.