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Homecare for Seniors
Professional homecare providers are available to help families fulfill the responsibilities of caregiving
Homecare is growing in popularity among senior citizens who want to maintain the freedom of living in their own home for as long as possible, as an alternative to entering a senior care facility, such as assisted living or a nursing home.
Seniors often rely on family members to help them fulfill their desire to stay at home, as they lose mobility and the capability of completing certain activities of daily living. Professional homecare providers are available to help families fulfill the challenging and time-intensive responsibilities of caregiving.
Depending on a family's and senior's needs, a homecare provider can provide from a few hours of care a week to full-time, live-in care. In the case of families that are intensely involved in care, a professional homecare provider can offer respite care allowing family caregivers to take a break and attend to other responsibilities. This also provides the senior the opportunity to socialize and build a relationship with someone new.
Homecare services include assistance with personal care needs, such as help with bathing, grooming, toileting and transferring in and out of bed and chairs; homemaking services, such as light housekeeping and meal preparation and planning; and companionship care, such as conversation, transportation for errands and medical appointments, and help with activities, such as hobbies and trips to favorite places. Homecare providers may also offer special services for seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other health conditions.
Typically, homecare agencies provide non-medical care services, such as those listed above. They often partner with home health care agencies that can provide medical services to homecare clients, when needed, such as nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy, wound care and pain management, among others. Homecare providers also partner with hospice care agencies.
To complement and supplement services provided by family caregivers and professional caregivers, homecare agencies often offer technology solutions--electronic devices that assure the safety and security of seniors between caregivers' visits. Examples of these devices include an emergency response unit that allows seniors to call for help with the push of a button when they become ill or have an in-home accident; a medication management system that reminds them to take medications as prescribed, to maintain optimal health; fall detectors; and monitors that can alert caregivers to the wandering of a senior with Alzheimer's or other dementia-related condition.