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In-Home Care

Sometimes you just need a little help at home. Offering a wide variety of services such as nursing, housekeeping, overnight oversight or personal assistance, SCI’s In-Home Care can provide that help.

housekeeping services performed by a C.N.A. available through In-Home Care.

Hours

Services are available Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm.

In-Home Care is for

Adults 55 or older (or younger if disabled) who need assistance in meeting their daily living needs for successful aging.  (SEE BELOW FOR A LIST OF POSSIBLE SERVICES)

 

Why choose SCI for In-Home Care?

  • Licensed program (licensed and rigorously monitored by the Georgia Department of Community Health)
  • More than 55 years of experience in caring for older adults in their home
  • Customized care service plans for each client 
  • A wide variety of services can be provided (from housekeeping to nursing) to meet changing needs
  • Services available throughout coastal Georgia
  • Only experienced Certified Nurses Assistants or Personal Care Technicians used to provide care
  • Ongoing, monthly training of staff
  • Services available 24/7 if needed
  • Flexible agreements that can be changed or cancelled at any time with no penalties
  • Home assessments offered free of charge
  • Specialize in dementia/Alzheimer’s care
  • Long-term and short-term recovery care
  • Matching of caregivers with clients
  • Program supervised by a Registered Nurse, ensuring the highest quality of care
  • Priority access to all of the services offered by SCI 
  • Affordable with the fewest “minimum hours/visit” required within the area
  • All staff is bonded and insured; extensive background checks and physicals conducted annually of all staff

Apply For services

Due to the intricate process of matching clients to the best aide, a home visit by a Registered Nurse is required before the start of services.

As with many of the services of SCI, some grants for this service are available for older adults who meet specific requirements. To learn more about grant-funded services, click HERE or call (912) 236-0363 or toll free (866) 579-2116.

Typical day/experience

The In-Home Care Director works with each client to select the best time for each visit by the aide. A work plan is approved ahead of time so that the client knows who to expect, when they will arrive, and what will be accomplished each visit.  

Primary services include assistance with:

  • Monitoring of diet and eating, including meal preparation
  • Bathing, grooming and dressing
  • Transferring and walking
  • Incontinence management
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Shopping and running errands 
  • Managing medication and daily vital sign monitoring
  • Short-term recovery care from surgery, illness, or accidents
  • Companionship 
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s care
  • Respite care
  • Assistance with pet care

Examples of services:

Home helper/personal assistant services

  • Assist with laundry
  • Take out garbage
  • Arrange appointments
  • Assistance with walking and low-impact activities including therapeutic exercises
  • Reading
  • Provide medication reminders
  • Organize mail
  • Change linens
  • Plan, prepare and clean up after meals
  • Make beds
  • Dust furniture
  • Drop off and pick up dry cleaning
  • Organize and clean closets
  • Assist with pet care
  • Check food expirations
  • Care for house plants
  • Prepare grocery lists
  • Clip coupons for shopping
  • Write letters and correspondence
  • Pick up prescriptions

Nursing services

  • Medication setup and management
  • Transportation and accompaniment to doctor appointments
  • Diabetes education and insulin administration
  • Assistance in coordinating home medical equipment, medications, and supplies
  • Monitoring of vitals
  • Consultation on preventive care
  • Management and education on chronic illness
  • Liaison with family
  • Assessment of and recommendations for environmental safety

Phone Number

In-Home Care (912) 236-0363 x105

Charity Downing

CHARITY DOWNING

Director, In-Home Support
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
Education: Armstrong State University
email: mailto:cdowning@seniorcitizens-inc.org

I have always enjoyed working throughout my community and being of service to those is need. Joining Senior Citizens, Inc. gives me the opportunity to do what I love - to serve and to connect our seniors with the resources to meet their needs. It is a great feeling to be able to make a difference and to contribute to the mission of helping people to age successfully. 

FAQs

Will I have a different aide each day?
No. We are proud to say that at SCI, our practice is to match the client up with the best aide for their needs. However, occasionally, there may be times when a substitute will have to fill in. 

How do I know I can trust my aide?
Providing you with the most security possible is a high priority. That is why we are fully insured and have an extensive screening process that includes criminal background checks and reference checks to ensure that we hire the best employees. Our Aides are Certified Nursing Assistants which means they are licensed and their license must be in good standing to stay employed with our agency. There are few agencies that can say that they hire trained licensed staff. You can feel secure knowing that your aide has been extensively vetted.   

Do services cost different amounts?
No. We charge one hourly rate for all of the services provided by an aide including personal care, homemaker and companion services.

Our nursing services are a billed at a different hourly rate because they are provided by an LPN or RN, but all nursing services are the same rate regardless of the service.

What if I need to cancel a day – how much notice do I need to give?
We ask that you provide 24 hour notice to cancel service.

Are there a minimum number of hours for this service? Why?
We offer a two hour minimum. We feel that most clients benefit from at least 2 hours of service to gain sufficient value from our services.  We feel that a 2 hour minimum is fair and we are not asking people to pay for more than they might actually need at the time.

What if I can’t afford the service?
Most long term care insurance policies will reimburse you for in-home services. Please review your policy or call your company to find out. Contact the Area Agency on Aging at (800) 580-6860 for more information on whether or not you qualify for funding to receive in-home services.

What happens after I sign the service agreement?
After the service agreement is signed, an assessment with the nurse is scheduled. When the assessment is completed and the $100 prepayment received, your aide will be assigned and services will begin.

Isn’t this service covered by Medicare?
It depends; Medicare pays only if the service is tied to a skilled nursing service. Medicare does not cover homemaker, companion, or personal care services provided by our aides. https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10969.pdf

I need my home cleaned. Can you help?
Yes! Our homemaker/companion service can provide light housekeeping services including laundry, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, wiping countertops, doing dishes, and preparing a meal. We do not provide deep cleaning services such as cleaning baseboards, washing windows, moving furniture, or other “spring cleaning” tasks.

Can I hire your service for errands and shopping?
Yes! Your aide can pick up prescriptions and complete your shopping. There is a small errand fee charged in addition to the hourly rate and our shopping procedure must be followed. 

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

"If you only knew just how much we needed you. Just when God had you and Ms. Martell to "show up." Thanks for saving our lives."
Ora J.

“You all have been very good to me the past year. I look forward to another year with you.”
Lupe C.

“Thank you for the wonderful services provided by S.C. Inc. during my recent convalescence. Nursing, Meals-On-Wheels, Transportation…I will never forget you!”
Brian R.

“Ms. Charity, I want to say you certainly live up to your name. Your bringing Ms. Amanda (CNA) to me on yesterday was just what the doctor ordered! She’s delightful and just a good worker! I just wanted to say thank you.”
Dorothy D.