Thank you for visiting our 12 & 24-hour care page. This page is going to share information about what 12 & 24-hour hour care is, when it is used, and how it is paid for. We’ll begin with a short overview of what led you to research home care options, and 12 & 24-hour care specifically. Other pages on our website you may want to visit are Dementia Care, Disease-Specific Care, and Safety and Supervision. All of these pages have related information but also some different and specialized information. If you have the time to visit them as well it will enhance your understanding of home care and how it works.
Cooperative Home Care offers extended shifts, most commonly in 12 or 24-hour increments, although you may choose any amount of care ranging from a two-hour mini-visit to 24-hours of care per day. A 12 or 24-hour shift is designed for aging loved ones who need more than limited or occasional assistance. When your aging loved one needs help at home, you may feel very overwhelmed and at a loss for what you can do and what your options are. This can happen when your aging loved one experiences a fall or other unplanned, accidental medical event. We also find that this can happen when your loved one has a planned surgery that may require a recovery period after.
Medical professionals who are very skilled at treating an injury, performing surgery, etc. are not necessarily prepared to also have a great understanding of the care options available after your aging loved one is medically stable. This is simply not their specialty area. You may find that you receive partial information, or that what you expected or were told to expect is not the reality once your aging loved one has been discharged home. This can be very scary! Our Intake Nurse and our Case Managers are knowledgeable in home care funding and options, and can help you understand your choices. Cooperative Home Care accepts every type of home care funding, which is a significant advantage because we can qualify your loved one for every type of home care funding before you pay out-of-pocket. We can also be your sole home care provider that meets all of your aging loved one’s home care needs, even if they change. This is preferable to receiving Medicare home health care from one company, and Private home care services from another company. Coordinating care between two companies is an unnecessary complication that you can avoid by choosing a company like Cooperative Home Care that provides every type of home care service.
12 and 24-hour shifts are an option through Private home care services. “Private Services” are usually funded through long-term care insurance or paid out-of-pocket. Many people misunderstand that Medicare will pay for extended care including 12 and 24-hour shifts, but that is not true. Medicare pays for short-term care from a licensed clinician like a nurse or therapist. You must qualify for this service. When you call our intake nurse she can determine if you qualify. You can also learn more at Medicare.gov. Medicare home health care is designed to help you achieve the level of functioning you had before a planned or unplanned illness and/or hospitalization. Some common times you may qualify for and receive Medicare ho
me health care is after a planned surgery like a hip replacement. You may also qualify for Medicare home health care if you have a diagnosis that has caused a decline in your ability to function daily, that has the potential to improve through short-term visits. Now, you can envision the difference between Medicare home health care and Private Services, and begin to understand when each service is applicable.
Medicare-funded services are short term to regain function. On the other hand, 12 and 24-hour shifts, paid for by long-term care insurance or self-pay, provide consistent, planned assistance with general tasks one performs throughout their day. This may begin with rising and dressing, to meal prep, taking medication, moving safely throughout your home and even going out and about in the community for general errands, doctor visits and other appointments.
In some scenarios, an aging loved one may return home after a hospitalization and receive Medicare home health care as well as Private 12 or 24-hour shifts for assistance and supervision. As they become stronger and more independent, they may reduce and then discontinue their Private home care services. In other instances, they may regain some of their functioning but still need ongoing help at home, and may continue receiving Private Services up to 24 hours per day.
12 and 24-hour shifts are included in our Value Packages. Our Value Packages are designed to help you envision how to integrate care into your aging loved one’s routine. Each package includes a specific number of home care shifts and hours per week, which can be flexed to meet your aging loved one’s specific needs. They are all discounted from our hourly rates to make them as affordable as possible. Our Sunrise, Sunset package offers seven, 12-hour shifts per day. You may schedule these as day shifts or overnight shifts. You may also purchase two packages, one for day and one for night. This is the most common way one receives 24-hour care.
24-hour care rarely consists of one caregiver who is working a 24-hour shift. This may also be called a live-in shift, although your caregiver does not actually live with you. There are qualifiers for this shift including that your aging loved one’s needs must not interfere with their ability to sleep safely and soundly, rarely needing overnight assistance. This is the reason we say one rarely receives this type of care: their needs do not stop simply because it is nighttime. In many cases, your aging loved one’s needs increase overnight for a variety and/or combination of reasons. They may become more confused and disoriented during the evening, for example. If you are certain your aging loved one could be safe using 24-hour shifts, we may suggest that we begin with two, 12-hour shifts. Our documentation and observations by our caregivers will help us work together to agree on the schedule that safely and optimally meets your aging loved one’s needs. If and as they improve, you can change and reduce their home care hours.