Q: What are your rates for in-home care?
A: Our rates are based upon the length of visit and the specific needs of each client. They average around $20 per hour. We provide caregiving for clients needing assistance for just two hours to around-the-clock care.
Q: What payment options and funding are there for your type of services?
A: You can pay in a variety of ways and some funding is available for those who qualify. [Please note that our type of services are non-medical in nature (as are assisted living facilities) and are not covered by Medicare.] Here are some options to consider:
- Long-term care insurance – If you have a long-term care insurance policy, it will often pay for the care provided by Aspen Senior Care. Since each policy is unique, please talk with your insurance company to verify coverage. We can help you file your claims.
- VA Pension Benefit – Veterans who qualify can get a monthly pension to help pay for our services.
- Private Pay – We accept personal and business checks as well as cash.
- Reverse Mortgages – This type of funding is a good option in certain situations. Please call us and we can refer you to a mortgage specialist who can answer all of your questions regarding this option.
- Agency on Aging Provider – Through this government agency, Aspen Senior Care is contracted to provide in-home care services (transportation, homemaking, and personal care) for certain qualified individuals.
Q: What licensing and insurance do you have?
A: We are licensed with the Utah Department of Health as a personal care agency. One of the benefits of using Aspen Senior Care is that we carry worker’s compensation and liability/bond insurance on our caregivers. If a private caregiver or a company does not have this coverage, the liability usually falls on the client and/or their family members.
Q: Are we required to sign a long-term service agreement?
A: No. To begin services we require a signed service agreement that doesn’t obligate you for any specific time. The purpose of the agreement is to review our services and to outline expectations. We do require a 2 week written notice for all cancellations except in case of hospitalization and death.
Q: What happens if we feel that the assigned caregiver is not the best fit?
A: We are interested in finding the best fit for both our clients and our caregivers. If either party is not comfortable for whatever reason, we will make new assignments and take other action as needed. This is important to us.
Q: How does the billing work?
A: We bill every other week for services we have provided during that time frame. We send out an itemized invoice every other Friday which is due upon receipt. To begin services, we collect a refundable service deposit. This service deposit equals the amount of two weeks worth of services and usually covers the final invoice. If there is an outstanding balance at the end of services, we deduct it from the deposit.
Q: Do you provide services outside of a home?
A: Yes. Home for some of our clients is in assisted living and nursing home facilities, at the hospital or a retirement center, because these clients require extra attention or have constant personal care needs.
Q: What happens if the caregiver is sick or needs time off?
A: We have a great scheduling team and a large staff of professional caregivers so we can provide quick and responsive coverage when a caregiver is sick or needs time off. Because we provide a detailed care plan, which is left at each client’s home, our caregivers know what needs to be done when filling in for someone else. We also communicate to the client and family members of this change to make sure they are comfortable with the caregiver who is filling in.
Q: How do you select your caregivers?
A: Each applicant is thoroughly screened as follows: (1) Comprehensive application and initial phone interview; (2) In-depth 45-minute one-on-one interview; (3) Criminal and driving record investigation/check and (4) Personal and professional reference checks. Each caregiving professional is directly employed by Aspen Senior Care and is therefore licensed, bonded, and insured.
Q: Who pays the caregivers?
A: We do. The last thing you need to worry about is figuring out payroll and taxes as well as workers compensation. Aspen Senior Care handles this responsibility, which includes wages, taxes, insurance, reimbursements, and so forth.