Aging is an inevitable process in all of our lives. Most seniors insist on continuing to live in their home as they gradually age something more commonly known as “aging in place”. By hiring a caregiver, you can give your loved one the comfort and security of being able to live at home. When providing senior care services it may start out as simple as companion care and then move into 24 hour home care as the senior relative’s health starts to fade. As your loved one’s health begins a downward change or even worsen, it is even more important to have a 24 hour care provider in the home.
There are a variety of levels of home care services for seniors and with different stages of care requirements. There are many seniors that may struggle to perform simple daily tasks, such as light housekeeping, bathing, preparing meals, transportation or just simple companionship. There are also more intense situations involving chronic or acute medical issues, calling for a more extreme care plan, where your loved one may require constant supervision, such as 24 hour in home care.
A senior care agency can provide quality assistance with general activities of daily living, creating a better sense of well-being and independence for their senior companion. We recognize that each senior we care for is an individual with unique needs. A senior care representative, such as a geriatric care manager, should meet with the senior and their family members if applicable to assess their particular needs. A care assessment plan should be implemented based on the specific needs of the senior. This initial assessment plan set in place may change as we continue to provide home care services and additional assessments may be needed as your loved one’s conditions worsens or, in many cases, improves.
Companion Care – Companion care is a fundamental part of care giving services for our seniors. It could be playing board games, reading or going out for a walk. The working family members need to have the comfort of knowing we are keeping their senior relative active and socially engaged to prevent depression. We want to keep our senior companion mentally focused and their minds occupied and engaged.
Personal Care – Personal care is a bit more intimate when providing senior care, such as bathing, maintaining personal hygiene, or ensuring the client is eating a healthy balanced diet. It may include taking the senior companion to their doctor appointment and ensuring they are following doctor instructions of medication reminders and a nutritional plan set specific for their needs. As an elderly client’s energy weakens, they may start to neglect their required needs of nutrition and hygiene for themselves. We as their caregivers need to ensure they are keeping up on their hygiene and ensuring they are eating healthy and following doctor orders. This proactive approach will help in putting together a nutritional plan that best suits our elder client to help prevent infections and illness.
24 Hour Home Care – 24 hour home care is when your senior companion needs someone to monitor their needs continuously. With a 24-hour caregiver in the home, they not only provide companion care and personal care, they are also there to prevent injury and can be aware of any hazards that could cause a fall such as a wet floor, turned up corner of a rug, or any other obstacle to ensure the safety of your elderly loved one. A care giver can help prevent injury in the home as well as provide immediate assistance should one occur.