Frequently Asked Questions

We also accept private pay and some long term care insurance options.

How are care costs covered?
Guardian Care is proud to be an Indiana Medicaid Home Care Provider. We work with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) to provide comprehensive Home Health Services to Indiana residents. Traditional Medicaid is a program created to provide health care coverage to individuals with low income. Like other health care programs, eligibility and coverage are based on the member’s aid category.

We also accept private pay and some long term care insurance options.

Guardian Care is certified to provide services for the following Medicaid Waivers:

Aged and Disabled Waiver (A&D)
The Aged and Disabled Waiver provides an alternative to nursing facility admission for people who are aged, blind, or disabled. There is not an age requirement to qualify for this waiver. The waiver is designed to provide services to supplement informal supports for people who would require care in a nursing facility if waiver services or other supports were not available. Available services for A&D Waiver.
Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver (TBI)
The Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver provides services to Medicaid eligible people of any age who have experienced an external insult resulting in a traumatic brain injury and who require services ordinarily only available in a nursing facility. This waiver is designed to provide supports, such as personal assistance, limited habilitation services, and respite care, as well as limited environmental modifications. Available Services for the TBI Waiver.

What areas does Guardian Care cover?
Headquartered in Indianapolis, we proudly serve all of Indiana. We are a team of caregivers and professionals who are committed to providing quality care to clients. As Hoosier natives, we take care of our clients and caregivers as we would care for our own families.
What are the main signs that my parent or loved one could need additional help?

From spoiled food to living in the same pair of pajamas, certain signs suggest an aging parent needs help now. “Always note anything out of character,” says Melissa Henston, a doctor of geriatric psychology.

Admitting your parent needs help as they age is difficult — especially if they don’t want to move into senior living. Our caregivers can help seniors age comfortably in their own home without sacrificing independence. Home care can be personalized to your loved one’s needs, from one afternoon a week to help with cleaning and cooking to full-time, 24-hour care. The top three signs to look for include:

I. Are everyday tasks becoming more difficult?
Arthritis may make chopping vegetables or folding clothes difficult. Or poor eyesight could make it hard to notice grime or clutter. Your parent may no longer want to work in the yard due to mobility issues or depression.

No matter the reason, difficulty keeping up with household chores is a common sign it may be time for in-home care.

II. Are you worried about falls or accidents?
Illness, medication, and loss of muscle can all reduce steadiness and coordination as we age. Some basic household tasks — like changing a lightbulb or cleaning a slippery tub — may become dangerous.

Falls are the top cause of fatal and non-fatal accidents in seniors. Hiring a home care aide may prevent injury or a long and costly hospital stay.

III. Do they want to age in place with a loved one who needs help?
Home care is an ideal option for elderly loved ones who would like to maintain independence and get back to doing what they love. Depending on their health condition and goals, a home care aide may be able to make aging in place a reality for your loved one.

What is 2-1-1?
It is a three-digit phone number that anyone can call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to get free information about health and human services. Trained and caring Information and Referral Specialists answer the 211 calls, discuss the caller’s needs, and offer referrals to human service programs, such as housing, food, financial help with rent or utilities, health care, legal aid, counseling, and much more.
What are the best ways to reduce the risk of falls?
Home Safety Tips:

• Don’t rush when doing a task. Accidents are more likely to occur when you are in a hurry.
• When changing positions, such as standing from a sitting position, count to 15 before starting to walk.
• Wear supportive shoes that have low heels and rubber soles: smooth-soled shoes, slippers or only wearing socks can increase your chances of falling.
• Make sure dresses, nightgowns and trousers are short enough in length to avoid tripping over them when walking. Also, be sure to roll back long, loose sleeves or fasten them with pins when cooking.
• Do you take four or more medications daily? Multiple medications can cause dizziness, drowsiness and balance problems. It is important to have all of your medications reviewed at least once a year by a pharmacist or doctor.
• Have your vision checked regularly/annually. Wear glasses as advised by your eye doctor.
• Have you or those around you noticed a change in your hearing? Dizziness can occur with hearing loss. Set up an appointment to have your hearing checked.
• Have daily contact with a family member, friend and/or neighbor. Also, consider having a home alert system installed.

Home Safety Modifications

• Move bedside items/tables closer and arrange the room so that there is a direct path in/out and to the bathroom.
• Place night-lights in all bedrooms and bathrooms. Use night-lights that turn on automatically as the room becomes dark.
• Always keep a charged flashlight near your bed for emergencies.

• Consider using a shower chair, tub-mounted grab bars and raised toilet seats with hand rails to assist with sitting and standing, hand-held shower attachment or wearing “aqua shoes.”
• Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on the shower floor.

• Store commonly used items on shelves that are easy for you to reach. If you must reach overhead, keep a sturdy stool handy.
• Eliminate throw rugs, if possible. If necessary, use rugs with a nonskid backing or add double-sided carpet tape around edges.

• Install handrails on both sides of the steps. They should run the full length of the steps.
• Mark the top and bottom steps for better visibility with bright contrasting tape or paint.
• Be sure stairs are well-lit and light bulbs are checked regularly to be in working order. Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairs.

• Install sturdy handrails for all steps or, if necessary, a ramp with handrails.
• Also, make sure your porch has proper lighting and consider fixing uneven sideways/pathways.