Have you considered home care services for yourself or for your mom, dad, or loved one? Maybe this is the first article you have clicked on, or you are in the thick of researching options and are overwhelmed with the many choices of long-term care and senior home care services. I want to help bring some clarity to an often overwhelming process. The purpose of this blog post is to provide an overview of the types of home care services available so you can understand the industry and be one step closer to making an informed decision that fits your care needs.
When it comes to long-term care there are a variety of options, including facility care, adult day care services, family caregivers and private home care. For the purpose of this blog post, I will be focusing on private senior home care.
What is Senior Home Care?
Senior home care is the provision of necessary support services that can range in hours from 1 hour to 24 hours a day. Senior home care services are often delivered in the comfort of home, making it a preferred care option for many. However, home care services can also be provided as supplemental care in Assisted Living Facilities for those who require or desire one-on-one care.
Once you have decided on senior home care services your next step is determining the level of care required. Thankfully, Preferred Care at Home can help you with the process and works in conjunction with your primary care physician (or care team) and family to best determine the type of care that is needed.
Companion Care and Homemaker Care
A popular, hands-off care option is the companion care and homemaker care. This type of care provides hands off care, social interaction and support. Duties may include laundry, housekeeping, meal preparation, errands, playing games, and maintaining social calendar, to name a few.
Personal care provides assistance with what is known as “Activities of Daily Living (ADL)”. These are:
- Hygiene care: bathing, grooming, shaving, and caring for teeth or dentures
- Maintaining mobility: transferring, walking and using mechanical aids
- Continence care
- Taking medication
Live-in Care vs. Hourly Care
Live-in care provides around-the-clock supervision and companionship in the security and privacy of your own home. A key difference in live-in care versus hourly care is the continuity of care that it provides. You don’t have to worry about frequent changes in caregivers—having to get acquainted time and again. Visit our live-in care page to find out if this type of care is a good option for you.
Hourly care can be customized to fit your schedule and needs. Whether it’s one hour a day once a week, or 24 hours a day 7 days a week, hourly care provides the level of attention that you need.
Creating Your Care Plan
The process of creating the care plan that is right for you or your senior loved one is a collaborative effort. You will work closely with a Registered Nurse or a senior care expert to develop a plan that will keep your loved one safe and happy. At Preferred Care at Home, we want to work with a team of care professionals to provide you with the best care at the most affordable price. If you have questions about senior home care services and creating a care plan that’s right for you, please contact a Preferred Care at Home location near you.
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