Each November, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) celebrates National Home Care and National Hospice Month to honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to caring for others. Below are some tips for families who may be looking into home care and what they can and should expect from the caregivers they choose. If you need more information about in home care for your loved one in the Palm Bay FL area, the caring staff at Age Advantage can help answer any questions. Visit www.ageadvantagepalmbay.com or call us at 321-676-0103.
A Guide to Choosing the Right In-Home Care Service and Care Giver for Seniors
By: Kori Irons
What Seniors Can Expect from In-home Care
It can be incredibly difficult for a senior to allow a stranger into his home to help with household tasks, personal care and/or transportation. There is a great deal of confusion and anxiety around what exactly “in-home care” and an “in-home caregiver” might involve and entail–not to mention how to go about hiring and supervising the help. Here are some suggestions for what seniors can expect from in-home care and some advice on how to search for the perfect assistant:
An in-home caregiver can have a variety of qualifications, depending on the depth and intensity of personal care they are able to provide. Some take care of household tasks and hep with errands and transportation, while others have medical credentials and are able to help with more medical details and nursing needs. The most popular services required of in-home caregivers for seniors include:
- assistance with mail and correspondence
- laundry and ironing
- help with grocery shopping and other errands
- coordinating and reminding about medications
- cooking and meal planning
- transportation and mobility assistance
- and companionship and other personal assistance needs
Even seniors who may have special needs such as those who are recovering from an accident or illness, or those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or those with other more permanent disabilities can benefit from the services of an in-home care provider. A senior may need assistance on a daily or weekly basis, or something in between. It is not necessary to hire a caregiver to be present for every hour of every day if that is not what is needed or required.
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