Personal homecare services are non-medical services provided by professional home health aides, caregivers, and companions. This care can be provided on a short-term, long term or 24-hour basis. These professionals provide the emotional support, companionship, housekeeping, and personal care duties that seniors need assistance to continue to remain independent in their homes.
Many seniors and their families consider personal home caregivers and companions to be surrogate caregivers and friends when relatives are not able to provide the necessary care. Personal homecare services can offer family members the peace of mind they need knowing that their loved one is receiving the care and attention he or she needs and the companionship he or she wants. It is also comforting to know that their elderly loved ones can stay safely in the home and do not have to be moved into a long-term care facility.
Caregivers who are hired through a reputable personal homecare services agency have specialized training and certifications. In fact, depending on the caregiver’s level of training, he or she may be able to provide multiple non-medical services.
Companionship services can fall under the umbrella of personal homecare services. These services do not offer hands-on care such as dressing or bathing, but they will offer companionship for the client, respite care for family members, and emotional support for the client and family members. Services may include:
- Grocery shopping
- Meal preparation
- Social/recreational activities
- Pet care
- Light housekeeping
- Plant/garden care
Personal Homecare Services
Personal home caregivers can offer the same assistance and care as companions, but they also provide hands-on care as well. These services/duties can include:
- Shampooing hair
- Medication reminders
- Health and wellness check
- Toileting assistance
- Vital signs check
- Assistance with dressing
Services can be added to or removed from a client’s care plan depending on the clients changing needs and desires. Seniors and/or their family members should sit down with the senior’s doctors, nurses, representatives of the agency, and caregivers to discuss what the major areas of care are and where assistance should be focused.
Personal homecare services give the elderly, disabled, and injured the opportunity to keep their dignity and autonomy while staying at home and getting needed care. Activities that were once too difficult for them to handle alone can now be provided by quality home care.
Help your loved one stay independent by choosing Evergreen as their in-home care provider. Contact us for a free assessment.