One of our basic needs as humans is social interaction and companionship. That doesn’t change when we get older. It’s just as important for the elderly yet harder to achieve as activities like going out to see friends become more difficult.
That’s what companion care is for. Companion care provides companionship and non-medical services. These services may include:
Providing company for appointments or errandsPlanning, preparing, and cleaning up mealsCleaning, organizing, dusting, and other light house cleaning tasksWashing, drying, ironing, folding, and putting away clothes and linensPlaying cards or games and having a conversation
Privacy and dignity are also important to us as humans. And it can be difficult for us when we get older and can’t routinely perform the day-to-day activities we used to. Oftentimes these are the activities we don’t want to ask for help with, especially from family.
That’s what personal care is for. Personal care provides hands on care and all the things companion care does, in addition to basic medical services.
Personal caregivers are required to have formal training, unlike companion caregivers. For example, at Real Loving Care Home Home Care all of our personal caregivers are either Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) or Home Health Aides (HHAs).
Services that personal caregivers perform may include all of those that a companion caregiver performs plus:
Providing hands-on care by assisting with bathing, dressing and skin, mouth, and hair care Measuring temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, and intake and output of fluids Assisting with the use of devices like wheelchairs and walkers Helping change colostomy or catheter bags Help with toileting Assisting with medication needs Perform basic grooming and cosmetic assistance
Can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of months while a senior is recovering from an illness, injury or surgery. In these instances, home care is a temporary service. For example, some home care companies offer special short-term service packages to help seniors make smooth transitions from the hospital back to their homes. Generally, Medicare only covers short-term home health care services that a doctor deems medically necessary.
Are best for seniors who are disabled or living with chronic and/or progressive conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, lung disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In these instances, regular assistance and care are required and the client’s needs are likely to increase. Seniors who wish to continue living at home but need help doing so often make in-home care services a permanent part of their routines.
What's something exciting your business offers? Say it here.Errands are endless and if left to them, the long list of things to be done can end up overwhelming an aging parent. Due to spending time with the senior, a home care aide best understands the needs of the person they are looking after. Consequently, they are at hand to run errands on their behalf as need arises. Tasks such as picking mail from the post, drop off services for dry cleaning/laundry, picking up prescriptions, returning library books, Package delivery, vehicle washes and service, etc. can be done by the caregivers. If the senior so desires, they can accompany the caregiver to some of the errands.
Are semi-skilled home repairs and maintenance tasks performed to enhance the health and safety of the individual in the home. Such as, helping with things like household chores, shopping, trash removal, moving, minor home repair, and yard care.
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