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Overnight & Live-In Care Services

We Will Always Be There for You & Your Loved One

Griswold Home Care wants to be there for you whenever you need us, even if those needs include overnight assistance or the consistency of Live-In support. During our consultation, we’ll discuss your needs, lifestyle, and care preference, and suggest what we believe is the best care option for you or your loved one.

Let’s take a closer look at these services:

Overnight Care

It’s not uncommon to worry about mom or dad being alone overnight. Knowing someone is there if they need fluids, snacks, or help using the bathroom can make all the difference. For those who have trouble sleeping through the night and tend to wake up disoriented, an overnight caregiver can be a calming presence.

Many of the falls that occur in the home happen overnight. This isn’t too surprising when you consider that the individual may already be unsteady on their feet and is getting up at a time when lighting is low and their alertness diminished. An overnight caregiver will help them get to and from the bathroom safely, guarding against falls or other potential injury.

With overnight care, the caregiver typically provides a few hours of care before bed, remains at the house and awake throughout the night, and then leaves in the morning. A typical overnight schedule is 12 hours (7:00pm-7:00am or 8:00pm-8:00am) and can be adjusted to individual needs.

Live-In Care

Needing more support doesn’t have to mean leaving home. You might be helping mom or dad in their home and things have reached a point where they need more constant assistance. Or maybe you or a family member are having surgery and would rather recover at home. Live-in home care means that a caregiver lives in your home, for a short period or long-term, to help with anything from spontaneous needs to planned outings. Many Live-In caregivers drive and can accompany their client for shopping and other errands, and to appointments.

Live-In caregivers must have their own bedroom and storage space for their belongings. Each day, they are available to their client for 14 consecutive hours. The caregiver remains in the home for the other 10 hours, using that time for sleep and other activities of their choosing. It is not uncommon for Live-In care to be 7 days a week but to comply with Department of Labor regulations, it cannot be less than 5 consecutive days/nights. Live-in care is charged at a daily rate.

Most of us know how important a good night’s sleep is and Live-In caregivers are entitled to no less than 8 hours of sleep. In cases where the client’s need for care extends to the overnight hours, we would provide a second caregiver who would be available for the client during the Live-In caregiver’s “down time”. In many instances, this supplemental overnight care is needed for a temporary change in condition (e.g., adjustment to new medication, illness, injury) and is not required on a long-term basis. Overnight care is charged on an hourly basis.

Care for the Individual

In addition to the companionship and valuable safety supervision that Overnight and Live-In care provide, clients also receive personal care and homemaking services that are customized to individual needs and preferences:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Haircare
  • Oral care
  • Nail care
  • Grooming
  • Skincare
  • General hygiene
  • Perineal care
  • Changing adult briefs
  • Repositioning if bed-bound
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Bedmaking/linen changes
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal planning/preparation

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  • “Griswold Home Care NoVA West made my life easier by having a caregiver to help me get out and go where I needed to go. Being in my apartment was like a prison without their services because I wasn’t able to go anywhere alone. The caregiver that Griswold provided had such a good connection with me. It was like we were meant to meet. She was fantasti ...”
    - Ms. F.
  • “I would recommend Griswold Home Care NoVA West to anyone because I have been very satisfied. My caregiver is like a member of the family. She is a good match for me because she is a very kind person and knows what I want before I have to say it.”
    - Ms. B.
  • “Griswold Home Care did a great job with Lisa, and they were professional and provided back-up when needed. They never left me hanging without a caregiver. The office staff called me regularly, worked out payments, and it worked well. Having them here allowed me to go back to work.”
    - Mr. D.
  • “Griswold Home Care NoVA West is dependable, knowledgeable, and very helpful in many different ways. We have been impressed with everybody, especially the owner and the nurse. They try to do what is best for our family.”
    - Ms. L.
  • “Griswold Home Care is very dependable, on top of things, and they’re concerned about my husband as well as myself. They send good caregivers and we feel like we are friends with the caregivers. They’ve very concerned about me as well and encourage me to go about my daily activities.”
    - Ms. E.
  • “I just wanted to thank the both of you for the outstanding support you have provided us in very difficult situations! You provided care and comfort in a very trying time. Heather, you have gone above and beyond and I am so thankful!”
    - Ms. L.

About Jean Griswold

Our founder, Jean Griswold, was a care professional who became a visionary entrepreneur when she started the first non-medical home care franchise in the United States while running her own home care business.

Jean started at her dining room table in 1982 in suburban Philadelphia. Her husband, Minister and Doctor Lincoln Griswold, informed her that an elderly woman in their parish had died through the complications associated with malnutrition and dehydration because she had no support system to care for her. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy. She was driven to act.

Jean Griswold was an extraordinary leader. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1967 at the age of 36 but continued to work actively in her office until she was 79. She published a book, “Fears of the Elderly” in 2013.

Jean was born in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Douglass College and a master’s degree in personnel and guidance from Rutgers University. She received an honorary doctorate from Holy Family University in 2006. From 2003 to 2004 she was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She won numerous awards, including the Spirit of Philadelphia Award, the Working Woman’s 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year honor, and the 2002 MS National Achievement Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jean passed away on January 28th, 2017 at the age of 86. She was an inspirational woman and entrepreneur, and despite her passing, her values live on in Griswold Home Care today.

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