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When someone mentions Home Care, there is a wide range of services they may be offering and sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what those services are. This is intended as guide to give you more information about the names of the services and which one might be right for you.
It’s important to remember that home care is different than a Home Health Agency, these agencies primarily focus on skilled medical care at the home that a standard care provider cant give. Make sure to call and discuss with a company exactly what type services they provide, as well as research that they are a reputable company.
Home Care will basically fall into two categories: Companion Care and Personal Care. When you are talking about Companion Care this is usually a less intensive, non-medical type service. This often includes activities like taking care of a pet, driving to Doctors appointments or any errand for that matter, light household cleaning, preparing meals, grocery shopping, washing dishes or clothes and watering plants. One of the most underrated services they can provide is simple companionship, whether that is playing cards, going on walks or simply a warm smile, it can make all the difference. We all have to deal with loneliness or isolation, but these problems can acutely affect us, as we get older. Companion Care can be a great service to alleviate some loneliness, as we'll provide some basic help.
Personal Care is slightly different, they will generally provide all of the services covered by Companion Care, in addition to more hands on services like help with taking medication, bathing and dressing. Personal Care is usually for people who require a much higher degree of assistance rather than merely help with chores and appointments.
It is important not to expect more from a caregiver than what they have been trained to do. Make sure to have a frank discussion before hiring someone about what they are and are not able to perform in the execution of their job. It can be a little scary for some people to invite a stranger into their home, it is important to research any company you hire for Home Care to have a good reputation. However, it’s also important to remember that most of the time caregivers very warm, good people who love what they do and provide a lot of assistance, either for you or a loved one.
During the initial assessment, we take detailed notes of your loved one's hobbies, interests and needs. We then review our caregiver pool to find the right person with matching personality, skills, and experience.
"Light Housekeeping" is essentially those everyday chores our caregivers offer to help keep your home tidy, including doing the dishes, laundry, ironing, changing linens, vacuuming, and more.
Safe and Sound at Home is here as much or as little as you need us during this stressful and difficult time. As soon as you can, call our office to let us know the specific situation as well as an estimated length of the hospital stay. We can help by providing our sitting services, during which a caregiver will stay with your loved one so you can get some rest. We can also assist with the transition from hospital to home, and making sure your loved one is following the steps recommended by their doctor.
We can’t guarantee your caregiver will always be available, but we will make every effort to have the same caregiver for every visit. We may occasionally introduce a new caregiver so you’ll always have an available substitute who is familiar with your loved one's needs, and with whom you feel comfortable.
If you or your family member is uncomfortable for any reason, please let us know - you won’t hurt anyone’s feelings. The most important thing is that you are happy and comfortable with your caregiver. If you would like us to find you a new caregiver at any time, simply give us a call and we will assist you.
Right away. In most cases less than 24 hours’ notice. We are here when you need us.