Home care is medical care or independent medical care given by a qualified caregiver within the patient’s personal home, rather than care given in specialized nursing homes or hospital groups like clinics. Homecare is also sometimes referred to as domiciliary caring, social care or in home care. The patient’s family may choose to give home care either full time or part time, or they may choose to provide care for the patient only when the person is not at home. Either way, it is a caring and compassionate way for the family members to help their loved one.
As more seniors become ill or begin to need longer or shorter periods of in-home personal care assistance, it has become increasingly necessary for caregivers to be licensed in order to provide this type of medical care. Some may decide to hire an in-home personal care assistant (IPCA) who will assist them with bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, using the restroom and making other daily tasks that are necessary. Others prefer to hire a live-in companion to assist with their daily needs. This can be more costly, however, since most live-in companions require additional training and skill training in order to provide appropriate, loving, high-quality care. Live-in personal care assistants are also often less productive because they spend much of their time just sitting there, rather than helping the senior in question with daily tasks.
Some in-home caregivers offer a variety of services, such as housekeeping, meal planning, errands running, shopping for groceries, medication reminders and light housework. Others may offer medical assistance, such as transportation to and from appointments and doctor’s appointments. Other services offered may include companionship, speech therapy and physical therapy.
Finding a good fit between an in-home care provider and the senior in question is often a challenge. Care providers want to provide the best care possible, but they must also maintain a work-life balance and maintain a relationship with the senior that is not too close or intrusive. Often, this means hiring several different caregivers, especially if the senior needs more than one person to provide the types of assistance mentioned above. It may also mean that the home care provider is willing to move the client to another location to allow for a change in environment.
Some senior citizens prefer companion care services. Companion care services provide the elderly with the companionship they need to remain independent and safe. Many of these services utilize specially trained individuals to interact with the seniors and help to maintain a safe and comfortable environment. Many times, companion care services are provided by live-in personal care assistants, care aides or home health aides.
One of the most important factors in determining whether a senior citizen needs home health care assistance or companion care is how well the client interacts with them. If the client seems self-sufficient, they may be eligible for both services. However, if a client continues to require a lot of help, either by actually needing assistance from another individual or by requiring extra assistance, they may have better luck with one type of service over the other. It is also important to note that there are sometimes special circumstances that will require one type of assistance over the other, and no one service will be perfect for ev