At Happy At Home, we are committed to the overall well-being and satisfaction of every client we serve.
Through our years of service, one of the most common questions families ask is what home care is.
We developed this guide to give you an in-depth understanding of the various care options available and how in-home care positively impacts our clients and entire families.
Aging is not a medical condition, but with aging come health issues which can put your loved ones at risk of hospitalization or institutionalization so understanding your home care options is critical.
Home care providers strive to help seniors live their lives to the fullest by providing the level of assistance needed to enable them to live as independently and as self-reliantly as possible.
Home care refers to assistance with activities of daily living; this will include household chores, compassionate companionship and more. Home care services can be provided at home, in a nursing home, or assisted living facility.
Home care types:
Non-Medical Home Care
Non-Medical Home Care is the type of care where trained caregivers assist clients with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). Non-medical home care does not involve any medical or clinical care but rather focuses on household and day to day tasks, such as personal care and companionship.
Medical Home Health Care
Medical Home Health Care is the type of care where licensed medical professionals provide basic to advance healthcare services such as wound care, injections, IV therapy, tube feedings, and catheter care.
Home care services usually include meal planning and preparation, medication management, reminders, and administration, companionship, bathing assistance, light housekeeping services, transferring, and more.
HOME ALONE: CHECKLIST
(Checking any one of the items below can be an indicator that your loved one needs additional help or support in the home)
- Messy Home: An unkempt home or cluttered living environment, odors, piled up garbage, loads of undone or unfolded laundry, or stacks of dirty dishes.
- Poor Hygiene: Dishevelled hair, unwashed clothes, body odor, and clothing unsuitable for the weather.
- Driving Issues: Frequent tickets, accidents, dents, or scratches on the vehicle are signs that a senior may no longer be able to drive safely.
- Dramatic Weight Loss or Gain: A noticeable change in mood, a decrease or gain in weight can be an indicator that (a) a senior is losing interest in meals or meal preparation, or is making poor nutritional choices and eating only low-quality foods, or (b)is depressed.
- Isolation: Seniors may start to notice that once-familiar tasks are becoming difficult or confusing. A common reaction is a withdrawal from loved ones and limiting activities outside the home.