David Lohmann

By: David Lohmann on September 5th, 2019

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Senior Care Services: Which Ones are Right For You?

Caring | Home Care | Seniors

As a senior loved one ages, they may need assistance in different areas. Because everyone has different needs, your family should take time to explore senior home care services. Some seniors are high functioning like those who need help with housekeeping and errands, while others are not as high functioning and need more assistance like bathing and grooming. What are the different types of home care services available?

What are Senior Care Services? 

Senior home care offers a unique blend of assistance and independence. Many seniors may be at the point where they physically or medically require help, but they’re not ready to leave the home they love.

Senior home care services are the perfect compromise. A skilled healthcare provider will come to a senior’s home and provide all the assistance that is needed. This type of senior care service will help your loved one get through the day, without requiring them to give up total independence. They can still live in their homes while receiving the help they need. 

While we’ll get into some of the specifics of the help these caregivers provide below, keep in mind that home care services are flexible. If your loved one needs assistance managing their medicine, home caregivers can help. If they just want companionship, home caregivers can help there, too. Regardless of what a senior may need, you can count on home caregivers to provide the required support.

Want to learn more about senior care services? Read The Ultimate Guide to Senior Home Care and Elder Care Services!

How to Know When You Need Senior Care Services

You or your loved one may be a good fit for home care if any of the following circumstances apply to your needs:

  • Recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery 
  • Managing a permanent or chronic medical condition
  • Struggling with the tasks of daily live
  • Coping with the recent loss of a spouse
  • Requiring temporary care in the event a regular caregiver is unavailable
  • Reaching the end of life

While these are some circumstances in which home care could be ideal, they aren’t the only indicators that home care could be right for you family. If your senior loved one is lonely, often forgets to take their medication, or needs help with cooking or housework, you may want to consider home care. 

What Are the Different Types of Senior Care Services?

Every senior has his or her own needs, specific to their own health and emotional wellbeing. Fortunately, there are many types of senior care services available to help with just about anything you may need. There are two specific categories of home care services: home-making and companionship services, and personal care services.

Below are some different tasks that fall under these two categories of senior care services, including an approximation of the time each task requires. This will give you a better idea of what your loved one needs, and how much care they may require each day or week.

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Companionship and House-Making Services

  • Meal Preparation - Many seniors struggle to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Home caregivers can prepare meals and help with feeding.
    • Time suggested: 1.5 hours
  • Transportation - Is your senior loved one no longer comfortable with driving? A home caregiver can provide transportation, like taking them to the doctor.
    • Time suggested: 1 hour
  • Errands - You can also count on a caregiver to help run errands and getting your loved one out of the house to go to the grocery store or see friends. 
    • Time suggested: 1 hour
  • Housekeeping - Cleaning an entire home can be a physically demanding activity. Caregivers can help with laundry, vacuuming, doing the dishes, and more.
    • Time suggested: 2 hours
  • Companionship - So many seniors struggle with loneliness. When their mobility is limited, it’s easy to miss family and friends. Just having a caregiver in the home can provide much-needed companionship. Though two hours is a common amount of time for this service, caregivers can stay for any amount of time.
    • Time suggested: 2 hours
  • Medication Reminders - Taking multiple medications (and remembering what time to take them) is often confusing. Plus, taking the wrong dosage can cause serious medical repercussions, too. Having a caregiver there to remind your loved one when to take medication can be a huge help.
    • Time suggested: 15 minutes
  • Pet Services - While having a pet can provide great companionship for seniors, it can be physically demanding to walk and feed them. Caregivers can help with these tasks and with trips to the vet.
    • Time suggested: 1 hour

Personal Care

  • Bathing - Even if your loved one has a handicap-accessible restroom, they may need help getting in and out of the bath or shower. This is a common service home caregivers provide.
    • Time suggested: 40 minutes
  • Grooming - Home caregivers often help with grooming tasks like getting dressed, brushing hair, or shaving. Instead of a senior straining to do these tasks alone, a caregiver can help.
    • Time suggested: 30 minutes
  • Hygiene - Hygiene tasks like washing, brushing teeth, cutting nails, and more can be hard for seniors. However, these tasks are accomplished easily with the help of an in-home caregiver.
    • Time suggested: 35 minutes
  • Toileting - For seniors, going to the bathroom alone can be difficult or even lead to injury without assistance. You can trust caregivers to help your loved one safely go to the bathroom.
    • Time suggested: 15 minutes
  • Incontinence - Does your loved one struggle with incontinence issues? Help with this challenge allows your loved one maintain their dignity.
    • Time suggested: 15 minutes

Choosing the right senior care services.

Each of these senior care services can make your loved one’s life easier. They may not need assistance with all of these tasks, but luckily, home caregivers are flexible. Using a convenient app like CaringOnDemand, you can choose the exact tasks that your loved one needs help with during each visit, and you can count on a skilled caregiver to provide those services. When you choose in-home care for your loved one, you can trust that they are receiving the needed care in the comfort of their own home.

Find out if senior care services are right for your loved one. Take the senior home care quiz now.

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