Defining Home Care Services for Seniors: Understanding Your Options

What is Home Care?

Non-medical home care is designed to help people with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, and meal preparation, so they can continue to live in the comfort of home. In short, non-medical home care is when a professional helps with things you would normally do for your loved one. Things like laundry, light housekeeping, and bathing, so that you can focus on being a family rather than a caretaker.

 

Home care can include both professional and informal support networks such as family, neighbors, and friends. These individuals work together to meet your family’s needs. Non-medical home care in particular means that caregivers do not handle skilled care like administering shots or tending wounds.

 

Griswold Home Care offices support families by referring professional caregivers for personal care, homemaking, and companionship services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Using in-home care services means you’re in control of your activities and retain as much independence as your situation allows. Many of our clients just need a little help to continue their lifestyle as usual. Others might be recovering from a fall or surgery, or living with a permanent condition.

Services are not limited to seniors. Anyone who needs assistance with activities of daily living, for a short period of time or permanently, can enjoy the benefits home care has on physical and emotional health.

Whether you need a few hours a week for a month, or you need 24-hour care around the clock, home care services are customized to fit each family’s needs.

Good question! Home care usually refers to non-medical care in the home. Home Health companies do provide services at home, but typically for those who need skilled assistance such as changing bandages, handling IVs, and administering medication.

Like nurses and doctors, professional caregivers have chosen a career in caring for others. Many are Certified Nursing Assistants or Home Health Aides. Less than 5% of all applicants meet our screening standards, and we only refer caregivers we would trust in our own home.

Our founder set a high standard in 1982, and we still use it every day. Like any great working professional, the best caregivers are attracted to organizations that provide more than the basics. They look for organizations that share their drive to help others, and that treat them with respect. In answer, we encourage you to meet one of our local Directors. The compassion and empathy they show you is the same they show to caregivers.

Office teams do their best to stay in touch with you about your satisfaction with the referral, but in the event that you are unhappy with a caregiver always feel free to reach out to them. They will be happy to match you with another caregiver quickly and at no additional cost.

Absolutely!  Feedback from clients indicates that a personality match is the #1 factor in a caregiver match, so we highly encourage client input! We also work with each family in an initial home visit to understand what unique skills and personality they are looking for in a caregiver.

Finding a home care services partner should be simple, and it should be quick! Just give us a call to tell us about your needs. We’ll set up a meeting at your home or in a place of your choosing. During that visit, we’ll make sure we understood everything you need, and you can let us know if you have any additional questions or requests before we match you with a caregiver. We do our best to match you with a caregiver within 24 hours.

Yes. Home care is often critical to managing this disease at home. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, approximately 70 percent of people with dementia or cognitive impairment live at home. The only exception is for clients in late stages of the disease who need intensive medical care.

Remaining at home and in familiar surroundings that include friends, family, and routines is particularly important to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Caregivers can help create balance and consistency for clients.

Medication adherence is extremely important to remaining safe at home. Caregivers cannot administer medication, but they can remind clients when it’s time to take their medication. Drug treatment plans that include sorting and administering medications should only be handled by a family caregiver, nurse, or physician who is authorized and qualified to provide this service.

Service plans are tailored to meet your specific needs. If your needs change, your services can change, too!

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