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Princeton HomeCare: Helping You Care for Your Family

Nov 1, 2013

More and more, people in their 40s and 50s are facing a dilemma: How do you help take care of your aging parents while also working a full-time job and raising your own family?

What’s more, how do you do it if you don’t live near your parents?

Princeton HomeCare
offers a wide range of services that can help busy families make sure their loved ones are well cared for in their own homes. That includes everything from providing home nursing and therapy to accompanying patients on medical visits or arranging the Lifeline personal emergency response system.
“We can help busy families go about their lives without constantly worrying about mom or dad,” says Thomas Simpson, Executive Director of Princeton HomeCare. “Our goal is to provide the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is cared for by a qualified, certified professional.”

The Sandwich Generation

Nearly half of people in their 40s and 50s are members of the so-called “Sandwich Generation”—that is, they have a parent age 65 or older and are raising a child or supporting a grown child, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.

Princeton Care Management, a new service of Princeton HomeCare, is aimed at helping families stay on top of their loved one’s care by providing services including:

  • A social worker to accompany a patient on visits to the doctor’s office or the emergency department to help navigate his or her care.
  • Written and verbal reports back to a patient’s family members to keep them informed about a loved one’s medical care.
  • Evaluations about the need for home-based services or for a higher level of care such as placement in an assisted living facility or nursing home.

The Option to Stay at Home
Princeton HomeCare can also provide temporary care for those recovering from surgery or short-term conditions, as well as extended care for individuals with chronic conditions or illnesses.

“Basically, whatever need a person has in their home, we have a resource to meet that need,” Simpson says. “We often find that when people look into home care for a loved one, they are surprised to learn about how many services we can offer.”

Services include home-based skilled nursing as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy; Princeton Caregivers, which provides extended care and private duty services, including in-home care, in-hospital care and live-in care; and Lifeline, an affordable personal emergency response system that calls for help when seniors or disabled individuals cannot.

Additional services include palliative care for extensive, expert symptom management of life-limiting illness; hospice services to manage end-of-life care; and home infusion services that provide expert chemotherapy, pain management, hydration and antibiotic infusion.

Medicare covers many HomeCare services, including supplies and home visits (skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social worker and home health aide visits). For hospice patients, Medicare covers up to 20 hours of home health aide service, as well as chaplain visits and bereavement visits. Many insurance companies cover most of these services as well; check with your provider for the details of your plan.

Princeton HomeCare recently relocated its offices to 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Suite 202, Princeton Junction, NJ. For more information, call 609.497.4900.