The Basics of Home Care

The Basics of Home Care

Once it becomes evident your elderly cherished one needs additional help, you'll be faced with numerous options for supplying them the assistance they want. One option your loved ones can turn to is in-homecare supplied by an expert caregiver.

There are several various kinds of homecare, each of which has varying prices and may offer an elder with multiple levels of support. All of homecare services could be sorted into one of 2 classes:

  • Non-Medical Care: The vast majority of in-homecare is non-medical in character and includes such services as companionship, housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, shopping, investment management, as well as assistance with activities of daily life (ADL)--bathing, eating, toileting, dressing along with other personal care tasks. Non-healthcare is usually provided by a homemaker or a home health aide.
     
  • Medical Care: Medical homecare must be carried out by a licensed medical professional (i.e. a certified nurse or a therapist). Dispensing medication, wound care, and physical or speech therapy all fall under the umbrella of medical homecare providers, and take a prescription from a doctor.


Your cherished one may require only one type of care or some combination of both, dependent upon their health concerns and the availability of other members of the family to assist them with day-to-day activities.

An agency or an independent caregiver?

Another key distinction in the home care universe is the difference between a licensed home care agency and an independent caregiver who contracts directly with a senior and their family.

In the United States, there are about 33,000 licensed home care and hospice providers that employ over two million nurses and aides. There are also an untold number of independent or “freelance” caregivers. 1st Meridian Care Services is ready to help when you need us.

A shift caregiver or a live-in caregiver?

In case your cherished one needs more than a few hours of care per day, you’ll also have to comprehend the distinction between care providers who work in shifts and people who're “live-in” care providers. As the name implies, a stay-at-home caregiver resides in an elder’s home. Switch care suppliers, and on the other hand, leave after their designated care period is finished.

Usually, should you wish to employ a stay-at-home caregiver, you’ll need to provide them with their own separate bedroom and living space, and you might need to pay for their food as well. A caregiver who lives in a grownup ’s home isn’t considered on call 24/7--they'll require at least 8 hours of sleep each night and will periodically go on vacation.

Deciding which situation--live-in or change --is best for your cherished one ought to be based on a number of factors:

  • Number of hours of care is needed: Elders who desire more than 12 hours of care per day can benefit from the assistance of a live-in caregiver.
     
  • Does your cherished one sleep during the night: Seniors with dementia and people plagued by Sundowner’s syndrome could be better off with shift workers, who never sleep while on duty. Live-in care providers will require a complete night’s sleep, meaning they won’t be able to look after your precious one each the time.
     
  • How your precious one feels about getting multiple caregivers: The primary advantage of a stay-at-home caregiver is that they provide an elder who requires unlimited hours of attention with a consistent existence. Shift care providers often work in blocks of 12 hours, which means multiple individuals may come and go daily, adding to your cherished one’s stress and confusion.
     
  • Deciding which option is most cost-effective: Cost is a big factor when in the search for homecare. Live-in caregivers have a propensity to cost more than change care providers and there are additional safety considerations to take into account.

Confused About Which Kind Of Professional Caregiver To Hire? 1st Meridian Care Services is available to provide homecare for you or your loved one.


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