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January 21, 2019   |    Blog, Caregiver Support, In-Home Care

9 Frequently Asked Questions About the Wesbury at Home Program

1.) What is “In Home” care?

Our Home Care Agency is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide Non-medical home care services to individuals who wish to remain living independently.  Some of our services include: assistance with personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming), providing companionship, supervision and  assistance with tasks of daily living such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping and providing  transportation to appointments.

2.) When should I consider in home care?

Common reasons:

  • You or your loved one has trouble getting dressed or fastening clothing
  • Toileting and bathing present complications
  • The need of assistance to prepare meals
  • Nutritional needs are not being met due to problems with eating
  • Medications are sometimes missed or forgotten
  • Walking requires assistance or frequent falls occur
  • Household chores are being ignored or present difficulty
  • There is frequent confusion, items are regularly lost

3.) How does Home Care differ from Home Health?

The significant difference between home health care vs. non-medical home care is the level of medically skilled care administered by the home health care staff. Home health is care given to patients at home by medically trained and licensed professionals. It is an alternative to receiving care in a nursing home or hospital to regain health and independence.In-Home care allows individuals to age in place at home by offering custodial care, homemaker services, in-home care, and companionship services. Family members, private caregivers, or caregivers employed by home care agencies, a licensed agency that holds a Home and Community Support Services License provide the care at home.

Home health targets are recovering patients who are ill with a chronic condition like heart failure or an acute health condition like surgery for a hip replacement, or has an injury. Home health care permits early discharge from a hospital, reduces hospital admissions and assists with rapid recovery. It’s less expensive, more accessible and as effective as care from a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

4.) What is Wesbury at Home’s service area?

Our current service area is Crawford County.

5.) How can I trust a caregiver in my home?

All newly hired staff is required to complete a PA Criminal and Act 73 background check.  A complete physical with TB testing, Hepatitis B, and drug testing is also required to ensure the safety of your loved one.  Every staff member is required to complete 12 continuing education credits per year to stay up to date in credentials and training.

6.) Who pays for home care?

Most Wesbury at Home services are billed directly to the client.  Some services may be covered by Long Term Care Insurance, the PA Waiver program, or Veteran’s Benefits.

7.) Are services available 24 hrs, 7 days a week?

Services can be arranged 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Shifts can be flexible to fit your individual needs.

8.) Do you provide services to those in nursing homes or assisted living communities?

Yes, we can provide companion services in nursing home, assisted living communities and in similar settings.

9.) Will I have the same companion every time and how will I meet them?

Our goal is to maintain consistency with the staff.  We typically have a small team of staff members assigned to each client.  We start with an in home visit from the care coordinator and then we train and introduce staff accordingly.


For more information on Wesbury at Home Services, call 814-332-9186, or submit a request for information .