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Senior Care & Elderly Care at Home

Caregiving for the Elderly & Seniors

The benefits of caring for your loved ones in the comfort of their own home.

Having senior & elderly care in their household can lessen stress for family members and provide support for the senior and their loved ones. Home care can also be a key part of the recovery process resulting from an illness or injury. Home care provides the support your loved one needs and the peace of mind you deserve.

Call or text us at 866-454-8346 to be connected with a Senior & Elderly Care Advisor.

A guide to understanding your home care options.

Care for your Loved Ones: An Invaluable Resource

Mom has a fall and everything changes.

If you haven’t had this experience or one like it, chances are you will. 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.

Having elderly care at home can lessen stress for family members and provide support for the senior and their loved ones. Home care can also be a key part of the recovery process resulting from an illness or injury. Home care provides the support your loved one needs and the peace of mind you deserve.

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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:

James has Parkinson’s disease and lives alone. Over time, he develops a pressure ulcer on his backside due to inactivity. His balance and mobility have been impacted by the disease. He ends up in rehab with a pressure sore. Once he is discharged home, he qualifies for home health to treat the wound but he needs more care than they can provide. The discharge planner at the hospital recommends that he call a company to start home care. He calls and arranges for a caregiver to help him with showers, cooking and light housekeeping. His caregiver also encourages him to stay more active than he has been. The benefits of having someone to talk to and remind him to move more are noticeable immediately. James’ family comments on how much better he is doing physically and mentally since his caregiver has been working with him.

Care for the Elderly: A Benefit for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Care for the elderly at home offers non-medical assistance that helps all members of the family.

Let’s take a look at another typical scenario where home care can be a critical layer of support and encouragement for seniors:

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 daily 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

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.

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.

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. The example below shows how home care for the elderly helps someone build confidence:

Judy has always prided herself on her accomplishments. She was a teacher for 30 years, had a family and weathered the death of her husband. Judy’s independent spirit is exemplified by the fact she still drives, goes to the senior center and socializes with friends.

One day as Judy gets out of the car to go to the senior center, she slips on the ice and breaks her hip. She is hospitalized, has surgery and is discharged to a rehab center. After 2 weeks of rehab, Judy is told she will go home. Judy’s daughter notices that her mom is unusually anxious about going home. Judy confesses that she is filled with fear. Fear that she will fall again, fear that she is still unable to drive. Most of all, Judy fears that she has lost her independence.

Judy’s daughter takes action and arranges for a home care agency to provide senior care for Judy seven days a week. When Judy goes home, her caregivers don’t wait on Judy so that she doesn’t have to face her fears. They slowly encourage her to do things on her own. The caregivers provide a safety net of support. They cook meals, monitor Judy’s rehabilitation exercises, and drive Judy to appointments.

In time, Judy’s daughter starts to see improvement. Judy’s confidence comes back and her independent spirit shines through again.

Specialty Care for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Cancer and Parkinson’s

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can have a devastating impact on families. Caregiving in these situations is particularly challenging, time-consuming and arduous. Setting up elderly care means a caregiver can provide mental stimulation, help with bathing, eating, activities and more. They can also engage a parent or spouse in mental and physical activities designed for people with cognitive impairment.

Care When the Primary Family Caregiver is No Longer Available

Sometimes a caregiving spouse or family member will no longer be able to fulfill their caregiving obligations. Then what? These types of home care can be a temporary or permanent situation. A caregiver for seniors can step in and assume these duties, keeping a parent or spouse safe and stable while the family caregiver receives some respite.

How to Pay for Caregiving Services

In some circumstances, home care can be paid for through long-term care insurance, veteran benefits or Medicaid. Otherwise, home care is financed through private pay.

Getting Started With In-Home Care

Arranging for home care is as simple as making a phone call.

A physician’s order is not required. During the initial call, you can describe the situation, explain the needs of your parent or spouse and the specify the amount of time per day you want the care. Whatever you arrange is flexible and subject to change based on individual needs.

Home care staff can come to someone’s home, assisted living, memory care or a nursing home. It is flexible, supportive and tailored to meet your family’s needs.