Short-Term & Long-Term Home Care
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One of the biggest advantages of home care services is that they can be customized to accommodate a senior’s unique needs. This care option is extremely flexible and can be increased or dialed back as their condition declines or improves. Home care companies offer both short-term and long-term services so that individual care plans can be adjusted to meet a senior’s needs.
What is Short-Term Home Care?
Short-term home care services can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of months while someone is recovering from an illness, injury or surgery. In these instances, home care is a beneficial temporary solution. For example, some home care companies offer special short-term services to help seniors make smooth transitions from the hospital back to their homes.
Depending on the senior’s needs, one or more professional caregivers may be assigned. A “custodial caregiver” can provide unskilled assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and household tasks like bathing, dressing, mobility, laundry and preparing meals. Ensuring that a loved one is getting their medications and groceries and that they do not have to see to chores will help them recuperate faster.
What is Long-Term Home Care?
Long-term home care services are generally for seniors with chronic and/or progressive conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating stroke, or 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.
Most family members have no experience or training in caring for a chronically ill person at home. Bathing Mom or Dad is one thing, but changing a colostomy bag, suctioning secretions from a tracheotomy tube or monitoring a ventilator is more than most family caregivers can safely take on. In these particular cases, skilled home care is hired on a long-term basis until the senior’s needs exceed what can be provided in the home. Around-the-clock supervision and higher levels of care and training may become necessary, therefore home health care may no longer be the best option. Services usually conclude when the elder moves to an assisted living facility or nursing home.
Hiring Home Care
The best solution is to do your homework, ask lots of questions and know as much as possible about the type of care your loved one needs. After you have done some research online or sought referrals from physicians, friends and family members, you’ll want to begin the interview and in-home consultation process with providers in your area.
Our clients that benefit from these services are often the elderly, new and expectant parents, disabled individuals and those transitioning from a hospital or medical facility to home.
Duties may include:
- Monitoring Nutrition
- Light Housekeeping
- Meal Planning, Preparation & Clean-Up
- Assistance with Laundry & Ironing
- Assistance with Grocery Shopping
- Changing Linens
- Transportation & Errands
- Dry Cleaning Drop-Off & Pick-Up
- Mobility Assistance
- Medication & Scheduling Reminders
- Escort to Religious Services
- Prescription Drop-Off/Pick-Up
- Aid with Reading
- Taking Out Garbage