Home care assistance is a service provided to adults and seniors who wish to be at home after hospitalization, a nursing home stay or deals with debilitating challenges. It provides supportive care by a licensed healthcare professional.
With home care assistance, the caregiver supervises the individual during daily sessions ranging from hourly to twenty-four hours per day, according to the need. The home care option focuses on individuals facing the trials of aging, or someone who is suffering from illness or developmental and/or physical disabilities while helping to maintain daily living and normalcy within the comforts of home.
Home care providers understand the need to treat the person as a whole and complete individual. The care not only fulfills the physical requirements of clients, but also to provide services with the utmost care, respect, empathy and dignity; recognizing that emotional support is just as important. This depth of care is not taken lightly and typically develops into a strong, meaningful relationship.
Quite likely you’ve heard stories from a friend or relative of how such close bonds were formed with home care providers; so close in fact that it was as if he or she became like a family member to loved ones being cared for. Home care focuses on the whole person and works closely with family members to ensure all needs and expectations are not only met but also exceeded.
When the option of home care assistance is being considered, it’s helpful to know some of the services included:
- Light housekeeping
- Help with errands and shopping, or if necessary doing the complete task for the senior
- Bathing Assistance
- Dressing Assistance
- Meal Preparation
- Medication Reminders
- Support with walking or moving
- Friendly, Happy and Loyal Companionship
- Varying times of care ranging from Mornings, Mid-day, Evenings, Nights, Weekends, Holiday and potentially on-call services
- Short-term or Long-Term
In addition to services provided in the home by through home care assistance, the services extend to wherever necessary to provide support to the senior. In addition to providing transportation to doctor’s appointments, hairdresser, buying groceries or social events, home care assistance can travel with the individual.
If it becomes necessary for your loved one to go into the hospital, home care assistance can still provide one on one service during the hospital stay. If the need for hospice or some other form of escalated care arises, again the home care provider will continue providing services. On a happier note, if the senior is doing so well, they can take a vacation, then again home care assistance can be there.
All of this is based on personalized needs, financial requirements and preferences. Bottom line, the goal is to provide care and maintain as much normalcy as possible in the lifespan of your aging loved one.
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