Other Terms & Descriptions For In-Home Care

In-Home Care - is care that allows a person with special needs stay in their home. It might be for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery or disabled. Home care services include: Personal care, such as help with bathing, washing your hair or getting dressed. Homemaking, such as cleaning, and laundry. Cooking or delivering meals. Medication reminders and asistance with all ADL's (activities of daily living)

Personal Care Assistant / Caregiver - a person who provides non-medical assistance to the elderly in their home and helps assist with daily tasks such as personal care, bathing, washing the seniors hair or getting dressed. Homemaking, such as cleaning and laundry. Cooking and medication reminders along with all ADL's.

Care Companions / Elder Companions / Senior Companions - provide companionship for people who live alone, or dont have family or friends who can visit often. They can provide assistance with activities of daily living and companionship helping to decrease isolation and improve the seniors quality of life.

Hourly Care - care that usually has a minimum of 3 to 4 hours of care per visit required by the agency. Most agencies will start services with only one visit per week, knowing that some seniors are resistant to start care. Hourly in-home care can help with al ADL's.

Live-in - care that continues round-the-clock in the seniors home. Caregivers usually stay with your loved one for 24 hours a day, 3-4 days, then switch to another caregiver. This service provides great peace of mind for the senior who wants to remain home and the family.

Alzheimer's / Dementia Home Care - some agencies have training programs for their caregivers to help assist seniors who suffer from Alzheimer's or Dementia by utilizing methods such as memory exercises. Check with the agency your are interviewing to see if they offer special care for seniors with Alzheimer's or Dementia.

Home Healthcare - is skilled care to help someone get healthy while at home. It comes after a doctor's visit or a hospital stay and is provided by medical professionals such as nurses and HHA (Home Health Aids). They can assist with injections, wound care, catheters, physical therapy, and all ADL's.

In-Home Care Registry - unlike an in-home care agency which hires and pays their caregivers and assumes responsibilty for their caregivers, an in-home care regisrty is a referral service that matches caregivers who are independent contractors with families looking for care.

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