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December 10, 2015

Wide Range of Elder Care Services Make Home the Place to Grow Older

In-home elder care offers seniors a practical alternative to residential elder care, enabling them to continue living in the comfort of home for as long as possible--independently, safely and happily.

In-home elder care providers can customize a wide variety of elder care services to provide each senior client with the specific assistance he needs to live safely and confidently at home.

In-home elder care can include medical as well as non-medical services.

Medical in-home elder care services include home health care, which includes skilled nursing services and physical, occupational and speech therapy. These services may be needed by seniors who require management of chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Home health care also helps seniors and other clients recover at home following hospitalization.

Non-medical in-home elder care services can complement skilled home health care services or may be provided alone for those who do not need nursing care or skilled therapy.

Non-medical in-home care consists of several types of services all designed to help seniors with the activities of daily living so they may maintain independence at home. These services include:

  • Personal care services. These elder care services help seniors maintain their dignity and quality of life, enabling them to complete essential daily activities, such as showering or bathing, hair and skin care, feeding and special diet preparation, toileting and incontinence care, mobility around the house, and transferring in and out of bed and chairs.
  • Companionship care. This type of elder care helps promote elders' physical, mental, social and emotional well-being as caregivers provide comforting companionship. The caregivers offer companionship as they plan and prepare meals, often eating with the senior, engage in conversation, take the senior on shopping trips and social outings and perform other services such as light housekeeping, medication reminders, transportation and laundry.
  • Technology services.   These elder care services supplement care provided by caregivers and involve the use of electronic devices, such as emergency response and medication management systems that help assure the health and safety of seniors between caregivers' visits.
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