What Services are Available for Seniors Living at Home?
Once you know that there is a problem, how do you know if home care is right for your parent?
Home care is generally defined as non-medical support services delivered at the home of the senior. "The aim of home care is to allow seniors to remain at home longer rather than enter an assisted living community, nursing home or other type of senior care. Home care may be appropriate if a senior prefers to stay at home but needs minor assistance with activities of daily living," says Sam Almengor, National Accounts Director for Senior Helper, a national company that provides professional in-home assistance services.
"One of the most frightening prospects for seniors is leaving home. Home Instead Senior Care is helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible," Hogan says.
What services can your parent get from home care? Home care agencies help with any activities and needs that a person needs throughout the day. Services include:
- Watch movies and play games
- Companionship and conversation
- Grocery shopping
- Meal planning and preparation
- Diet monitoring
- Hygiene assistance, including bathing and dressing
- Light housekeeping
- Walking assistance
- Errands and transportation
- Laundry, ironing and vacuuming
- Change linens and bed making
- Help with bills and mail
- Supervise home maintenance and repairs
- Organize closets and pantries
- Medication reminders
- Help with correspondence
- Wash dishes
- Appointment reminders
- Coordinate home services
- Pick-up prescriptions
- General shopping
- Review phone messages
"20 Warning Signs Your Parent Needs Help at Home" was provided courtesy of AgingCare.com and written by Mario Sollitto.
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