Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1: Difference between Medicare and Medicaid
Answer 1: Medicare and Medicaid are two separate, government-run programs. They are operated and funded by different parts of the government and primarily serve different groups.
Also know that while Medicare and Medicaid are both health insurance programs administered by the government, there are differences in covered services and cost-sharing. Make sure to call 1-800-MEDICARE or contact your local Medicaid office to learn more about Medicare and Medicaid costs and coverage, especially if you are
Question 2: WHAT IS ADL AND IADL?
Answer 2: ADLs = activities of daily living:
One way to think about basic ADLs is that they are the things many people do when they get up in the morning and get ready to go out of the house, i.e. get out of bed, go to the toilet, bathe, dress, groom, and eat. Generally, there are six basic ADLs: eating, bathing, getting dressed, toileting, transferring and continence.
IADLs = Instrumental activities of daily living:
Things like using a telephone, etc. not necessary for fundamental living, but if you have these, you can live independently in a community.
If you see that your loved one is having trouble with their IADL's, you have some options to help them out.
One option is home care agencies. Home care agencies can employ companions and caregivers to assist Mom or Dad with tasks that they may have difficulty completing, such as meal preparation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, laundry, and driving.
In addition, independent personal assistants and concierges can also assist with the tasks above, while also taking the extra step to schedule your doctors' appointments and escorting you to these appointments.
As a caregiver, you want to be proactive in anticipating your loved one's needs and preventing any future risks for injuries or falls. Noticing that your loved one needs assistance with their IADL's should be the first indication to start putting measures in place to help them.
Editorial content provided by Janie De Leon-Male, M.S.S., LSW, Director of Care Coordination, Law Offices of Jerold E. Rothkoff