We are in the midst of an aging revolution; lifespans are increasing and more and more aging adults are opting to find solutions that allow them to age in their own homes. Home care service is based upon the principle that the client should remain as independent as possible and be in an environment that is safe and comfortable. Caregivers, also called home care providers, home care nurses, home care aids or personal companions, provide non-medical care to assist clients with the basic activities of daily living that enable them to age in place in their own homes. Often times, caregivers are brought in when someone has had an injury, such as a fall, or has a chronic illness. However, it is just as likely to see a caregiver helping a client in her garden, or escorting a client to the library, or playing a game of cards – activities that keep the client physically and socially active and mentally stimulated.
Home care typically can refer to two different types of care: non-medical care provided by a caregiver and medical services provided by a licensed medical care provider, such as a nurse. A common approach for seniors who do need some medical services is to assemble a team consisting of a licensed medical professional to assist one more hours a week with medical needs and a non-medical caregiver to assist throughout the week and provide companionship.
Understanding what exactly caregivers and home care nurses do and sorting through the myriad of options can be time consuming and trying. What Is Home Care, a guide designed to answer all of your senior care questions, provides a more in-depth understanding of what services caregivers provide and how home care can have a dramatic impact for the better on someone’s life. The guide covers such important issues as:
- Is my loved one OK at home alone?
- How does home care compare with senior living or assisted living facilities?
- How do I hire a home care service?
- What are the types of interview questions I should ask a potential caregiver?
- What factors should I use to help me choose between different in-home care agencies?
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