Are you or a loved one avoiding contacting home care agencies because you’re worried that your care needs are too small or too large for home care? Good news: there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to in-home care! In fact, home care services can fit a wide variety of needs and help a senior to age more comfortably at home rather than face a move elsewhere. Here are a few ways home care can assist:
- Light Housekeeping: This includes household chores like vacuuming, doing dishes, laundry, changing beds, and dusting. If your loved one has difficulty performing these chores, ask home care agencies about their housekeeping services.
- Companionship and Socialization: Living alone when you cannot drive or have easy access to public transportation can be incredibly isolating and lead to depression. An in-home caregiver can not only provide companionship, but can also provide mind-stimulating activities and transportation to events, social gatherings, a local museum, etc.
- Personal Care (usually required daily or several times a week): When assistance is needed with bathing, toileting, eating, dressing, grooming, walking, getting out of bed or a chair, or making certain that medications are taken as prescribed, a specially trained in-home caregiver can help.
- Nighttime Care: For a person who is unable to get out of bed to the toilet, or when dementia causes “sundowning”, extra assistance throughout the night from an in-home caregiver can give a family caregiver a solid night’s rest.
CareNet’s expert caregivers are on hand to answer all your care questions. Contact us in Anchorage, AK for more information on what types of in-home services might be right for your loved one. Call CareNet at 907-274-5620.