What Are ADLs and IADLs?

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are the basic tasks essential for day-to-day functioning.  The six recognized ADLs are bathing, dressing, eating, transferring (moving from bed to wheelchair and back again), toileting and grooming.  Many seniors who require help with such activities are, for the most part, independent but may need assistance with one or two ADLs.

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) are activities that are considered to be less basic than the traditional ADLs, but add quality to a seniors way of life.  They include activities such as using the telephone, meal preparation, medication maintenance, housekeeping, finances, shopping, transportation and pet care.

Does Medicare Pay for Non-Medical Home Care?

Medicare Part A and Part B only cover physician-supervised skilled services, which means that your loved one’s personal needs are left unfulfilled. However, Lone Star Companions can step in with a personalized, economically efficient resource for their day-to-day needs such as bathing, meal preparation and companionship.


Do you offer your services to not only loved ones at home but also those who are living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities?

Yes.  Lone Star Companions can provide customized companionship or personal care in different environments. In hospitals and nursing homes, we provide sitting services and friendly faces to keep residents relaxed, happy and engaged.


Who pays the caregiver: Lone Star Companions or myself?

Lone Star Companions caregivers are our employees. We handle everything: billing, payroll, taxes, insurance and administrative duties.


What if my caregiver is sick or takes a vacation?

We employ a team of caregivers to ensure that your service will not be interrupted for any reason. Should your caregiver become unavailable, our Client Care Coordinator will arrange another caregiver with the skills required to step in. You’ll also be introduced to the new caregiver and review your Plan of Care prior to service. Lone Star Companions’ goal is to provide excellent, consistent service to its clients regardless of whatever disruptions may occur.


What’s the difference between home care and home healthcare?

Home care typically refers to non-medical services, such as companionship, homemaking and personal care. Home health care means that skilled nursing services and more aggressive rehabilitation, such as speech, physical and occupational therapy, are being utilized.


What is “respite” care?

Respite care means that caregivers will come to the home to offer short-term, temporary relief to family members caring for their elderly or infirm loved ones, giving them a break and avoiding burnout. Respite care might be for a day, a week, or just a few hours. Although all home care agencies provide some type of respite care, Lone Star Companion caregivers provide that extra dose of compassion, warmth and friendliness, if even for a brief time.