What is Non-Medical Home Care?

Non-medical home care is a service that helps those in need by assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs) in order to continue living life from the comfort of his or her own home. Home care is a model that can include both professional and informal support networks such as family, neighbors, and friends. To remain independent, these individuals work together to meet your goals and expected outcomes.

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Considering your options

When selecting a home care services company, you will have many questions. The first thing to understand is that home care services differ from facility-based options. Chances are if you’re researching senior care, you’ve heard a lot about senior housing options such as a nursing home, assisted living community, adult day care, retirement community, or continuing care retirement community. These elderly care options all have unique benefits, however, at home care is often the preferred choice for seniors who wish to age in place in their own home. Your financial, social, and health situation will often determine which environment you choose. Depending on your loved one’s needs, you may opt for him or her to receive non-medical in home care to provide them with services throughout the day when you’re unable to attend to their needs. 

If your goal is to remain at home, we can refer caregivers who can help

When families choose the in-home option of aging they are often choosing to keep the family together. While making the decision to age at home is a great first step, there are many variations of home care and in home support services that you should know about. As you research your options, start by understanding the variety of home care options available in your community:

  • Home and Community Based Services: In home supportive services can be made available to seniors and disabled adults that align for one mission – to help those with physical or mental limitations to live in their own home. Some are free, some are paid by the government, non-profits, or other businesses depending on qualification and need.

  • Home Care Registry: Also known as the Consumer Directed Model or a Registry, this model of home care puts families and clients in control of their care. You receive services from professional caregivers, often Home Health Aides (HHA) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), who are in the profession of caregiving and have many years of experience. It is common for home care registries to refer caregivers who have 15-20 or more years of experience assisting with the non-medical needs of their clients.  Most Griswold Home Care offices operate as a home care registry, although the model may vary by state. Contact your local office to discuss the local operating model.
  • Home Health Care Agency: A home health care agency is usually a medical variety of home care and provides mainly skilled care, physical therapy, and occupational therapy for home bound patients. Home Health companies usually provide home care services but typically for those who need medical assistance, such as changing bandages, handling IVs, and administering medication. Home Care and Home Health Agencies work together to keep you safe and comfortable.  Usually funded by Medicaid, this payment source will only pay for skilled care for a limited amount of time and the home health aides must follow a prescribed treatment of medical support as directed by a physician. Home health care may include home health care agencies, medical equipment suppliers, technology services, hospice, and therapeutic providers. Please keep in mind that if you opt for a non-medical in home care company that these services may not be covered under Medicaid.
  • Private Hire or Independent Providers: Usually this service involves the family sourcing, screening, and hiring a caregiver directly. This process can be risky as the recruiting time is very resource intensive and opens more possibilities that you could hire an unqualified aide.

Regardless of the type of home care service you are researching, non-medical in home care is a key part in supporting the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, & meal preparation, that will enable you or a loved one to stay at home. Most Griswold Home Care offices support clients with personal care, homemaking, and companionship services to keep you safe, comfortable, and in control of your options.

Frequently Asked Questions on Non-Medical In-Home Care
Does having home care result in a loss of independence?
No. Our belief is that independence is being in control of your decisions. Having in home care services means being in control of your activities and retaining as much independence as each situation allows. Many of our clients just need a little help to continue living a safe and productive life while some might be recovering from a fall or surgery, or other condition. Regardless of your situation, our goal is to enable you the best possible outcome while being in control of your care and daily decisions.
How can I trust a caregiver in my home?
Just like nurses and doctors, Professional Caregivers have chosen a career in compassionate care of those in need. Griswold Home Care implements a proprietary CareAssure Screening System which includes a comprehensive background check and screening for compassion, identity, integrity, and competence. Less than 5% of all applicants meet our stringent screen and we rarely advertise for caregivers as most come from word of mouth referral from other happy clients.
How does Griswold attract the best caregivers?
Our Golden Rule states ‘We will not refer a caregiver into your home that we would not welcome into our own home.’ This high bar was set by our founder in 1982 and is the backbone of our mission. Similar to any working professional, caregivers are attracted to organizations that have trust, compassion, stability, and hope. We encourage you to meet one of our local Directors or Referral Specialists as they will treat you with as much compassion and dignity as they afford to each caregiver they refer.
What if we don’t like our caregiver?
Contact us and we’ll refer another caregiver quickly at no additional referral cost.
Will we have a choice in selecting the caregiver?
Our CarePairing Process works with each family to understand what unique skills and personality are desired in a caregiver. Feedback from satisfied clients usually indicates that a personality match is the #1 factor in a caregiver match, so we highly encourage client input. We will then make a referral based on our experience and your input.
What is the process of finding a caregiver?
We make the process of finding a caregiver very simple and prompt using our QuickCare Placement program. Give us a call and we’ll conduct a brief phone discussion to understand your needs. We then can meet anyone involved in selecting and paying for care at your home for an in-home needs consultation. Within 24 hours of that visit we are usually able to refer a professional caregiver to your home. Our team continuously screens caregivers beyond current demand to give you quick access to the best caregivers in our community.