Clark Seniors Learn About Homecare Options

CLARK – Accredited Health Services recently conducted a special public service presentation at the Clark Senior Center, called “Homecare: The Transition from Natural Independence to Assisted Independence.” More than 60 seniors attended the event to get information and insight about the practical, physical and emotional issues that need to be considered when thinking about homecare for themselves or aging loved ones.

The program offered insight and information on all elements of the homecare issue including the mechanics of determining if homecare is a good solution for your family. The presentation walked people through the evaluation and decision-making process, identified issues that are likely to come up and offered real-world advice about how to manage the decision-making process so all involved benefit. Attendees were given ideas for formulating a game plan that will work for their unique set of circumstances so the loved one in need of more care has their needs attended to without delays, setbacks, or missteps that can put them at risk, and all are given a sense of relief and comfort in having expert advice in handling an emotionally-charged, difficult transition in life.

Ralph Bernardo, director of senior services at the Clark Senior Center noted that this presentation covered material that members have not heard from other homecare companies. “My seniors really enjoyed the presentation as it was not a hard sell at all, but rather very informative,” explained Bernardo. “They said they wished they had known about the program earlier in life.”

Nearly all of the attendees (99 percent) surveyed after the presentation said they found this public service campaign to be different from other homecare presentations and reported learning new information on this emotionally-charged topic. They also requested that Accredited put together a second presentation to cover planning for and managing the financial aspects of homecare. Interestingly, attendees at the Clark Senior Center, as well as other locations throughout New Jersey have repeatedly asked a number of similar questions. Here’s a sampling:

Q. Does Medicare cover homecare?
Medicare covers homecare when the triggering event necessitating homecare is caused by a stay in the hospital. Coverage depends on what the triggering event was, and the approximate time needed to get the patient back on their feet. For example, if the triggering event were a broken hip, Medicare would cover the cost of an aide during the initial 60-day period of at-home convalescence while the patient is healing. Once the hip is healed, the coverage would end.

Q. What kind of training do caregivers receive?
All of Accredited Health Services’ caregivers are certified. They receive training to work with patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injury (includes stroke), diabetes and hospice care. A select group of AHS’ caregivers (roughly 200) receive advanced training that incorporates dealing with cultural customs, appropriate decorum in a variety of social settings, etiquette, and problem solving.

Q. Does AHS accept long-term care insurance?
Yes. Every long-term care policy is different. It is important to review your policy to know what coverage you have. Many policies have a 100-day waiting period before long-term care insurance coverage kicks in.

Q. Are your caregivers employee’s or subcontractors.
All of our caregivers are employees of Accredited Health Services and each member of the team receives extensive training to maintain the highest quality of care for clients.

Q. Are your caregivers bonded?
Yes – Accredited Health Services takes on the responsibility.

Accredited Health Services is one of the leading licensed homecare organizations in the state of New Jersey. For more information, visit

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