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Care for your Elderly Loved One: An Invaluable Resource

Mom has a fall and everything changes.

If you haven’t had this experience or one like it, chances are you could soon. Home care can make all the difference when something like this happens. Senior care at home can also provide a layer of support to prevent a crisis such as a fall, or wandering out of the house, from happening.

Home care helps senior clients with:

  • Cooking and light housekeeping
  • Laundry and changing bed linens
  • Grocery shopping and errands
  • Companionship and range of motion exercise
  • Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance
  • Transportation to medical appointments, the supermarket or pharmacy
  • Assisting with walking and transferring from bed to wheelchair
  • Status reporting to family
  • Medication reminders

Defining Home Care

It is important to distinguish between non-medical home care and medical home health care. Both can be can be a very important part of recovery and ongoing quality of life as one ages.

Non-medical home care goes by a couple of different names. It can be referred to as personal care or private duty care. Medical home health care is usually referred to as home health. Let's take a look at the example below to illustrate the difference between the two and they can work together to achieve an optimal outcome for the client:

Ann is a spry 93-year-old who lives with her husband in their own home. Ann’s husband, Jim, has early-stage dementia and she has been his primary caregiver. She cooks the meals, does the housekeeping and still drives to the store for groceries. A simple cold turns into pneumonia. Ann is hospitalized for two nights and receives IV antibiotics and fluids since she is also dehydrated. When she goes home, Jim is completely overwhelmed with the task of taking care of her. Ann’s daughter decides it is time for home care to help them both. She calls an agency to arrange for 24 hour caregiving. The caregiver reminds Ann to do her breathing treatments, encourages her to drink water, and makes nutritious meals. Having senior care for Ann speeds up her recovery and keeps Jim healthy as well.

As you can see in this story, a caregiver helps Ann recover quickly and safely.

Caregiver Tasks: What Can They Assist With?

Home care can be a vital lifeline. Although “home care” caregivers can’t provide some medical services, there is so much more they do that is vital for older adults, including:

Companionship and Socialization

Isolation and loneliness are recognized as an increasingly serious and growing problem for seniors. Caregivers provide conversation and encourage socialization. They can also be a nurturing and comforting companion and re-instill meaning and purpose in the senior's life.

As a family caregiver, you can’t be expected to be a 24-hour companion to your family member. It isn’t good for your health, or the person for whom you are caring. An in-home caregiver can ease that burden.

Nutrition and Hydration

Nutrition and hydration are critical to health and recovery. Dehydration is a serious problem for the elderly, resulting in frequent hospitalizations. Poor nutrition has been implicated in slower recovery from illness and an increase in hospitalizations as well. Caregivers can shop for food, encourage fluid intake and make meals. They can also reinforce and track any special dietary restrictions.

Heart and Lung Health

In some cases, caregivers can check blood pressure. They can also encourage deep breathing to prevent pneumonia. Supporting seniors in light exercise and healthy eating can also benefit their overall heart and lung health.

Transportation and Errands

Transportation is a significant challenge for many seniors. Most of us know of an older person who continues to drive, even though he or she shouldn’t be. Although it is hard to give up the wheel, having an alternative can make the task easier. Home caregivers can provide this valuable service, whether it is to the pharmacy or a play.

Dressing, Bathing and Transferring

You may have had the experience of being unable to care for yourself due to an accident or injury. If you have had this experience, you know how challenging it is to get dressed and to bathe. Not to mention cook, clean and drive. Now imagine this same scenario for a 90-year-old!

Having care services for older adults in place means a caregiver can assist with helping a client get dressed and out of bed. They can help him or her take a shower and monitor their walking. In-home caregivers can also help someone transfer from the bed to the toilet. Whatever the task may be, care for the elderly bridges the gap to offer a safe, and supportive environment.

Light Exercise & Movement

In some cases, caregivers can check blood pressure. They can also encourage deep breathing to prevent pneumonia. Supporting seniors in light exercise and healthy eating can also benefit their overall heart and lung health.

A caregiver can help reinforce and encourage physical therapy activities. Movement after illness or surgery is critical to healing. Physical therapists provided through home health can get people started on the right track. But physical therapy is time-limited. In most cases, a physical therapist leaves a list of activities for the patient to continue to work on. A home caregiver can monitor those exercises to make certain they are done safely and adequately.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Recovery for most of us means getting back to our previous level of functioning. Functioning is affected by any number of situations. This could be hospitalization, an illness, a rehab stay or general decline that results in frailty. Recovery in older adults generally takes longer and other co-occurring medical conditions can complicate it.

A caregiver can be an invaluable support. A good care plan developed the Home Care Assistance Care Team with feedback from the family and client can encourage a safe recovery.

Paying for In-Home Care

Our focus is on creating close, trusted relationships with families and designing personalized care plans that evolve to meet the needs of our clients over time. Paying for customized, concierge care can be more affordable than you think!

Call us today to learn how we can work with your family’s budget and can accept and process long term care insurance to deliver a complete plan of care. All for as little as a couple thousand dollars a month.

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We Help Seniors Live Well Where They Prefer: At Home

At Home Care Assistance, we provide customized care to older adults so they can live happier, healthier lives at home. We champion the needs of seniors with a positive, empowering approach to aging that celebrates independence, dignity, and quality of life. Our caregivers receive exceptional training, support, and resources to deliver an unmatched care experience. Learn more about our approach here.

Total Peace of Mind

We understand the trust you place in us, and do everything possible to ensure that the home care experience is worry-free for all concerned.

Community Connections

We are the trusted partner of reputable care professionals in the communities we serve. We pride ourselves on connecting our clients to the care solutions they need - even if it's outside our service offerings.

Elevated Quality of Life

Our Balanced Care Method™ emphasizes healthy mind, body, and spirit. We believe that with the proper care, we can help older family members live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives.

Trusted Care Expertise

We are experts in all aspects of home care, from family dynamics to nutrition, around-the-clock care to dementia. And we train our caregivers accordingly.

Committed To Our Clients

We believe the best way to deliver exceptional care is to focus on building long-term, trusting relationships between caregivers, seniors, and their families.

High Quality Care

We go above and beyond to deliver concierge-level care for clients who want, and expect, the very best for their aging loved ones.

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