How Specialized Is The Care That Seniors Receive?
Senior care is a fairly simple concept at first. Seniors require care and assistance at higher rates than younger people, so an industry has sprung up to care for them. But all seniors are different. Is senior care specialized or is it one-size-fits-all?
Seniors experience certain problems at comparatively high rates. The average septuagenarian or octogenarian is less mobile than younger people. Therefore, it only makes sense that they hire a healthcare agency to provide a caregiver who can help them get in and out of bed or up and down stairs. Seniors are likely to experience memory loss. If this extends to forgetting to take medication or even forgetting to eat or bathe, then somebody needs to be there to remind them. These caregivers deliver their services in one of two places:
- In senior living communities
Senior living communities are places where seniors live where they can receive all this care in a convenient and consistent manner. Many seniors love the camaraderie they receive from their fellow senior residents. But these communities can also be quite expensive, and many seniors are reluctant to leave their own homes.
- In the private homes of seniors
What could be more convenient than receiving all the care you need in your own home? In-home senior care is also more easily specialized to meet the needs of the client.
Specialized Senior Care
At Executive Care, we divide our in-home care into three broad categories:
- Personal Care
This is the care most people think about when they imagine senior care. Personal care involves caregivers helping seniors accomplish everyday tasks needed to take care of themselves. This can include everything from help using the toilet, to help using the shower, to help with eating, and more.
- Homemaking Care
Some seniors can take care of themselves fine but taking care of their homes is harder. Homemaking care is a specialized care that involves taking care of household chores and errands for seniors.
- Companion Care
Physical health is only part of the equation. Mental health is just as important. Companion care helps seniors maintain and improve their emotional and mental wellbeing.
Specialized Senior Care For Specific Issues
Any of the above three categories of care can be specialized to suit the client in question. Often, clients receive a package of care that combines services from two or three of these categories, specialized to suit their needs. But some seniors have issues, such as dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s Disease that require specialized care. Executive Care can assign a caregiver who specializes in helping seniors with these diagnoses.
To learn more about specialized care, please contact us.BACK