Staying at home on your own schedule is possible and finding the right care is one of the most important steps. SASI recognizes the importance of finding the right home care aide.
We offer two core programs to make this process easier, including:
Home Care and Senior Connections. This section on Helping You Stay at Home addresses SASI’s Home Care .
If you have any questions, please call us at (847) 864-7274. You value your independence and individuality. So does SASI.
Who uses SASI's home care services?
SASI serves people:
- In their family home or an apartment
- An independent or assisted living facility, or skilled nursing or hospital setting
- From 30 years old to over 100 years old
- Recovering from surgery or injuries that present short-term changes in independence
- Needing services due to challenges associated with aging
- With disabilities, injuries, or illnesses that prevent them from living completely independently
SASI serves individuals in Chicago and the North and near Northwest suburbs. These communities include Arlington Heights, Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka. However, we have had clients all over Cook County—and into southern Lake County as well. Contact us for more information on how we can assist you!
What are your needs?
Why are you looking into home care services today? Has your health or mobility—or that of a parent, spouse or friend—changed? Are day-to- day tasks more challenging? Or are you simply planning and researching for future needs?
Clearly identifying your needs is the first step to home care. Be realistic. Think about questions such as:
- Do you have balance problems? Balance problems can affect many areas of your life—from cooking to bathing to mobility. Which areas are you finding most challenging?
- Are you comfortable bathing independently, or would you prefer assistance? Does carrying laundry up from the basement make you tired or nervous?
- Are you having memory problems?
- Are you more comfortable if someone else drives you on errands and to appointments?
Finally, think about how often you want someone to be with you.
- What days and times are ideal?
- How flexible can you be?
- You don’t have to decide now—sometimes the right home care worker comes along and is only available at certain times (which makes scheduling very easy!).
SASI can help you make living at home easier.
Who are the home care aides?
You value your independence and individuality. So do we. We respect our clients’ ability to make choices and decisions, and want aides who encourage and support the people with whom they work.
Our screening and job training stress recognizing your ability to make decisions or choices, and the need to maintain the level of independence you can.
All SASI home care aides are:
- Experienced and trained in home services
- Fluent in English
- Reference and background checked
- Authorized to work in the United States
- Respected for the valuable work they do
Emergency or respite help
Are you caring for a senior or other adult and need a break? Do you need to attend to your own needs—an appointment, a lunch date, or just to get out and go for a walk—knowing that the person you care for is well attended? We can help. SASI has no minimum number of hours of service—we do our best to work around your needs.
SASI is also a Respite Care Provider for suburban Cook County under Title III-E. If you are caring for a frail senior, 60 years of age or older, and need relief you can apply to receive short-term respite care. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging, in suburban cook county contact AgeOptions and ask for SASI for reliable and affordable relief.
Call us at (847) 864-7274 to arrange for service.
Preparing your home for home care
Having a home care aide is a new experience for many seniors and other adults. Some basic preparation can help make it a smooth transition.
How should you prepare your home? Consider if will you need additional insurance riders? If you’re considering a live-in aide, do you have a private area for that person to live? Does a room need to be cleaned out for him or her? Do you have valuable heirlooms or jewelry that should be moved to a safety deposit box? Be prepared!
Speak to your tax preparer. Ask how you should prepare to hire someone—either through an agency or independently.
Who pays for this?
Usually, home care is an out-of- pocket expense—which means you write the checks. Other options may be:
- Long term care insurance. Talk to your insurance company to find out the details of your coverage. Some policies cover: medical care; placement in a nursing home; home services with supervision; and home services from an aide you hire directly.
- If you qualify for Medicaid, you may be able to receive services at no- or low-cost through Community Care Program (CCP) agencies. SASI is not a CCP agency. Contact your Area Agency on Aging about your eligibility.
Medicare covers home health care, but not home services. Home health care, prescribed by a physician, includes a nurse visit, therapy visits, and occasional CNA visits to help with bathing. Usually, this is a short-term service.
Please call (847) 864-7274 for SASI's current rates.
How do I get started?
Getting started is easy call us at (847) 864-7274.
We’re here to help!