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In Home Support
A live-in-companion is often beyond reach financially. If the person or the family can afford this alternative, it still takes a lot of support from the family. Family members may need to oversee on a regular and frequent basis the quality of care their loved one is receiving. A live-in companion may or may not do housework, shopping or cooking. Family members may need to absorb these duties. The level of care and the duties expected to be performed should be agreed upon before an arrangement is finalized. It is best to consult a tax adviser to set up salary and the taxes involved with payroll. Even when finances are not a problem, it may be difficult to find that “good fit” between caregiver and the one cared for. If successful, this alternative does allow for a person to stay in their own home. Some hospitals keep a list of people who are willing to stay in the home. There are also Home Health Agencies listed in your local telephone book that provide this service.
In Oklahoma, the Advantage Program provides in-home services and personal care for older Oklahomans and persons with physical disabilities who are nursing home eligible under Medicaid. Services can include case management, personal care, home accessibility modifications, adaptive equipment, transportation and other in-home assistance. These services do not provide for full time assistance. To find out more about this program, telephone 1-800-435-4711.