When you want to hire someone who can take care of your loved one at home, you should be well-aware of your loved one’s needs first. Itemize or make a breakdown of services that you need a caregiver to provide and put it on paper to prevent misunderstandings from arising between family members and the care provider. There are so many types of private home care services and you can actually choose which of these would you like to be a part of your caregiver’s tasks. Stated below are just a few of the most common tasks that I can think of.
When your loved one has a medical condition that needs monitoring or has trouble walking due to a broken hip or ankle, medical care can be provided at home by trained professionals. Most of these professionals are occupational therapists, licensed practical nurses or registered nurses who are qualified to check vital signs, provide wound care or administer medications. Some are also authorized to check on the client’s ventilator or tracheotomy, to administer tube feedings and even handle IV infusion. They can chart the patient’s progress and report or notify the doctor or a family member any crucial changes in the client’s health.
2. Companion Care
Companion care is suitable for people or clients who are still active and mentally well but just needs assistance with daily activities. You can hire a companion for your loved one for socialization or for running errands like going to the grocery or the doctor. Caregivers can also perform light housekeeping to keep the house clean and habitable for them both and also prepare nutritious meals for the client. Carers are expected to always be alert in order to make sure that nothing will compromise the safety of the client such as a grease fire or an electrical short circuit. In case of an emergency, caregivers are trained to follow a protocol or a directive regardless of the event being a medical or a non-medical emergency.
3. Personal Care
Personal care is also referred to as custodial care. It’s one of the types of private home care services that entail assistance in daily life activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, or grooming. Clients who have trouble sitting up from the bed, walking, sitting down on the couch or those in wheel chairs also require personal care. Those who are bed-ridden also need caregivers who can change their clothes or diaper and assist them in facing sideways as to prevent bed sores from emerging.
Most seniors or adults reach a point when they no longer find it easy to drive, especially at night when their sense of sight is mostly challenged. Caregivers can accompany them and take the responsibility of driving to and from the house or wherever. It’s another way for seniors to maintain their independence by still being able to go wherever they want, of course, with the help of a care provider.
5. Housekeeping or Household Monitoring
When your elderly loved one finds it hard to monitor and pay bills, do grocery shopping or household chores, private caregivers can also assist them. They can check and pay the bills on time, make sure the cupboard or the fridge is well-stocked and do basic chores like sweeping the room, washing the dishes or cooking meals. The number of private home care services is actually limitless and you just have to consult your care agency about the services they offer.