What Is Home Care and Its Different Types?

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Do you have aging parents or any elderly that may require you to look after them? The entire experience can be emotionally, physically, and mentally draining, as not everyone is made to handle such a responsibility like a professional the first time around. Many adult children try their best to live with their aging parents and look after them the way their parents did when they were little. Unfortunately, handling toddlers and aging parents with a whole set of other personal responsibilities are two entirely different ball-games. And the latter can take a toll on an adult that has to look after their own family and handle their own finances. 

When such going gets tough, there are options available in the form of home health care services with some of the most experienced and trained staff on board for you to choose from. Such services provide in-home and non-medical healthcare for your loved ones. Depending on the company and their services, some even are available to be at your service 24/7. 

Many confuse home care with senior residence, when in fact, these are entirely two different areas of caregiving services. Just to be sure, let’s understand what exactly is home care? 

What is Home Care? 

Home care in its essence includes professional support services that enables a person to live peacefully and with ease in their homes. Usually the people availing the home care services are the one that lie in the old age bracket or suffer from some form of disability. 

In-home caregivers that are trained nurses, therapists, and trained staff provide services depending on the customized needs of the person in question – these services could span from providing companionship, running daily errands, taking full-time care of a dementia patient, and much more. 

In Times of Struggle, Rely on Caregivers 

A lot of the times, home care from a professional may seem daunting. Rightly so, allowing someone inside your home and trusting them with the closest and dearest member of your family, can indeed be scary. However, with the right home care service, you can provide an elevated and quality life to the aging loved ones. Whether they suffer from a medical condition, a disability, or a simple case of old age that restricts them from doing regular chores, a great caregiver will provide them with the necessary assistance that will help them achieve their best health, resulting in lessening the need for hospitalization. 

If we have to narrow down to the exact services that one can expect from these in-home healthcare agencies, the they can be of the following nature: 

  • Companionship to the lonely and aging. 
  • Assisting in daily activities spanning from running grocery runs, to taking baths and changing. 
  • Therapy and other rehabilitation services. 
  • Serious injury care. 
  • Money and home management that includes payment of bills on time.
  • Short-term or long-term nursing care depending on the person’s health. 

Although we have discussed the kind of home care services you can expect above. Let’s get into more details so you will have a better idea of what to expect from each of the type. 

Types of Home Care Services 

Do note that as there are multiple kinds of home care, they all serve a different purpose. Some have packages that you can avail, while others look at your needs and plan a customized set of care package that will suit you or the one you are availing it for. 

With the many home care services, they all have a common ground – which is to enable the person being served to live a happier, fulfilled, and independent life without feeling like a burden to their immediate families. 

1. Companionship and Personal Care 

Help with everyday simple to complex activities that they cannot complete on their own; from bathing, dressing, meal preps, to other outdoor chores. Such service is also called ‘non-medical home care service,’ along with senior care, companion care, and other terms. 

Apart from assistance associated with bathing, meal preparations, and other tangible tasks, personal care also includes engaging in activities that provide the seniors with a sense of companionship. Other than this, non-medical care also includes supervising Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. 

A great thing about personal care and companionship service is that it doesn’t require to be authenticated and prescribed by a doctor. But, in fact, it can be availed at any time and at anywhere, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the option for it to be live-in as well. 

Take this piece of statistic recorded by Statista for example. It states that a whopping 81.1% of the home health patients required assistance with toileting. 

2. Nursing Care 

Nursing care also known as home-based skilled nursing, long-term nursing, adult nursing, and more and is basically for adults with a chronic illness, injury, or disability of any kind. Of course, the nursing care isn’t only available for the adults but is available for people of all ages including children. 

Unlike personal and companionship care, nursing care requires to be prescribed by a doctor and the care is usually available in shifts that can last up to 24 hours. 

3. Home Health Care 

This is a short-term service directed by a physician to help patient recover from an injury, illness, or hospital stay. Such service includes short-term nursing like physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy after an incident, and others. 

Home health care, also requires to be prescribed by a doctor. Unlike previous two care, home health care is provided through proper visits from the physicians that last up to an hour or less. 

These are the three main types of home care that one can receive. Now finding the right agency is a whole different ball game altogether. Participants of NDIS and other programs for disabled individuals can consult their NDIS support coordination provider and asked them to be referred to trusted care providers. For that, it is advised to go through proper meetings and interviews before settling on one.

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