Chances are you have seen senior citizens accompanied by a caregiver in the grocery store or at the doctor’s office. But when the time comes to consider in-home healthcare for your loved one, are you really aware of all the services that a caregiver can provide?
In-home caregivers can do everything from preparing meals and doing the laundry to helping seniors with personal hygiene and paying the bills. Seniors also appreciate the companionship of a caring, one-on-one caregiver from an experienced, reputable healthcare agency.
Determining the Need for In-Home Care
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s)
Many seniors prefer to age in place at home, rather than move to a long-term care facility like an assisted living or a nursing home. However, as they age they may find it difficult to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) required for everyday tasks. Seniors may find that they need help with buying groceries and preparing meals, using the bathroom, getting dressed, taking a shower and transferring from one place to another.
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s)
Other skills required for independent living are the so-called Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s). These include managing transportation (either driving or public transportation), managing medication, home maintenance and housework, and using the telephone. A senior who needs help with many or all of these tasks may benefit from a caring in-home healthcare worker.
Senior Care Services
- Caregiver Aides
When you determine that your loved one can benefit from assistance from an in-home caregiver, you can contact a reputable home healthcare agency for a compassionate, trained and screened caregiver aide or CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). A caregiver aide can help your aging senior with daily tasks such as housekeeping, laundry, and cooking. The aide can also help the senior bathe, dress appropriately and eat nutritious meals. When necessary, the aide can drive the senior to social activities, shopping and doctor’s appointments. The caregiver might also assist the senior in getting the mail and paying bills.
A Certified Nursing Assistant can provide all of the services of an in-home caregiver. In addition, a CNA typically has formal training that includes a minimum of 75 hours of state approved instruction. CNA candidates are required to pass an examination to receive certification. Both CNA’s and caregiver aides should have the physical stamina necessary for the job of assisting seniors. A reputable in-home healthcare agency will perform a criminal background check before placing a caregiver in the home of your loved one.
Home Helpers of South Shore
Home Helpers of South Shore is owned and operated by a compassionate health professional with a strong understanding of the needs of aging seniors. Contact Home Helpers to help develop an individualized care plan to benefit your aging loved one.
Please fill out the form on the left and we will get in touch with you about setting up in-home health care, or call us at 781-585-1244 to determine the plan that is right for you.
We serve the following communities:
Abington , Braintree , Brockton , Buzzards Bay , Carver , Cohasset, Dighton , Duxbury , Falmouth , Halifax , Hanson , Hingham , Holbrook , Hull , Humarock , Kingston , Lakeville , Marshfield , Mashpee , Middleboro , Norwell , Pembroke , Plymouth , Plympton , Quincy , Randolph , Rockland , Sandwich , Scituate , Taunton , Wareham , Weymouth , Whitman