How Does In-Home Care Work?
April 6, 2022
Have you considered the benefits of in-home care as your dad gets older? He doesn't want to leave his home, but your dad can't manage on his own. You're wondering about how in-home care works.
With home care services, a caregiver travels to your dad's home when needed to help with any of the tasks he cannot do on his own. The goal is to help him live independently, even if he needs a helping hand from time to time. If the caregiver is ill or unable to get to his house, a substitute caregiver is dispatched to ensure your dad isn't alone when he needs help.
Services Provided With In-Home Care
Caregivers come into your dad's home to help him with companion care and personal care needs. Depending on his ability to care for himself, he could have weekly services or daily ones.
Suppose your dad needs help with meals. Personal care attendants will come to his home to talk to him about what he wants to eat, check his kitchen for the necessary ingredients, and shop for groceries if needed. Back at home, the caregiver puts groceries away and prepares the meals and snacks he wants.
What if your dad only needs someone to clean his home, change his sheets, make his bed, and do the laundry? Weekly home care services are available for those needs. His caregiver can change his sheets and towels, wash everything, fold it when it's dry, and put everything away.
You work full-time and find it difficult to take time off to bring your dad to his variety of medical appointments. Hire home care aides to accompany him to his appointments, schedule follow-up care, and share information with you and other important family members.
On errand days, your dad can no longer drive himself. He still needs to visit the pharmacy for prescription refills and do his grocery shopping. He needs someone with him to help him shop for health and beauty items like shampoo, shaving supplies, and skin lotions. Have a caregiver help your dad run errands.
Your dad may need help with bathing, grooming, and hygiene. Those services are available from personal care attendants. He might simply need someone to stop in and see how he's doing throughout the week. For that, you'll want companion care.
How Do You Schedule In-Home Care Services?
It's time to arrange the care services that match your dad's needs. How do you get started? Call a home care agency and answer questions about your dad's health and what he can and cannot do independently. A specialist in home care will help you understand prices, schedules, and services.
You want him to age at home as he wishes. Make sure he's able to do that safely and with confidence by arranging in-home care services for him.
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