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Common Home Care Services

Flexible Services on Your Terms

No two clients are the same, which means no two care plans should be, either. At Griswold Home Care, we refer caregivers who offer a wide variety of services that can perfectly accommodate each of our clients’ unique needs.

Caregivers can assist with activities of daily living that clients would typically do for themselves to remain functional at home, such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, nail care, and much more. Before starting services, a care coordinator will speak with you over the phone to understand your needs and then meet with you in person for an assessment before recommending services best suited for you or your loved one.

This list of home care services might help you decide what type of home care is right for you:

Personal Care

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Haircare
  • Oral care
  • Nail care
  • Grooming
  • Skincare
  • General hygiene
  • Perineal care
  • Changing adult briefs
  • Repositioning if bedbound
  • Supporting physical therapy exercise
  • Restroom assistance

Homemaking

  • Light housekeeping
  • Assistance with organization
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal planning/prep
  • Bed-making
  • Changing bed linens
  • Plant care
  • Laundry
  • Pet care

Companionship

  • Travel accompaniment to appointments
  • Shopping and errands
  • Assistance with correspondence
  • Prompting and reminders
  • Scrapbooking
  • Visiting friends
  • Safety and security
  • Celebrating birthdays
  • Recording memoirs

Frequently Asked Questions About Common Home Care Services

Do you still feel independent when you use home care?

Of course. Using home care services means you’re in control of your activities and retain as much independence as your situation allows. Many 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. Regardless of the circumstances, your professional caregiver is there as an extension to your limitations.

Who should consider home care services?

Services are not limited to seniors. Any adult who needs assistance with activities of daily living, for a short time or permanently, can enjoy the benefits home care services have to offer. It also allows individuals to remain independent at home, which has such a positive impact on one’s physical and emotional health.

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

What is the difference between home care and home health?

Home care services are typically non-medical in nature and focus on both the activities of daily living and the instrumental activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, meal prep, medication reminders, etc.. Home Health care, on the other hand, focusses on skilled medical services such as changing bandages, handling IVs, wound care, various types of therapies and administering medications. Both are performed either in the home or in a facility and are complementary services to one another.

I’ve never heard of a professional caregiver. What should I know?

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

How does Griswold attract the best caregivers?

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 respect, value and dignify the profession of caregiving. They also look for organizations that are empathetic, compassionate and that share their drive to help others and give back. We encourage you to meet office team members and experience how they treat you with as much compassion and dignity as they afford to each caregiver they refer into the home .

What if I don’t like a caregiver?

We always stay in touch with you about your satisfaction with the caregiver, but if you are unhappy with them, always feel free to reach out to the office. We will be happy to match you with another caregiver quickly and at no additional cost.

Will I have a choice in selecting the caregiver?

Absolutely! Feedback from clients indicates that a personality match is the #1 factor in a caregiver-client relationship, 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.

What is the process of finding a caregiver?

It starts with finding a home care services partner that you trust to help you select the right caregiver. The process should be thorough, yet simple and quick. Just give us a call so we may explore your needs. Then, we will set up a meeting at your home or in a place of your choosing. During that visit, we’ll make sure we understand everything you require in a professional caregiver and we will answer any additional questions or meet additional requests before matching you with a caregiver. We do our best to accomplish this within 24 hours.

Can home care services help with Alzheimer’s and dementia?

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

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

Can caregivers assist with medication?

Medication adherence is essential to remaining safe at home and is one of the leading causes of hospitalizations if not managed properly. Caregivers cannot administer medications, but they are able to remind clients when to take their medication and to make sure they are taking the proper dosage as prescribed by a medical professional. 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.

How flexible is Griswold Home Care with individual home care needs?

Completely flexible! Service plans are tailored to meet your specific needs. So, if your needs change, the care plan can change right along with the services as well.

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