As we age, the likelihood that we will need some assistance in our lives increases. Sometimes the assistance we will need will be taking care of ourselves. We might have a condition or an injury that limits our mobility and dexterity. We might develop a neurological issue that requires some care to help us manage our lives. Thankfully, there is plenty of care and assistance available for these issues.
But many seniors have difficulties of a different kind. Often, seniors can take care of themselves all right. They can get around OK, they can manage their personal hygiene, they can get in and out of bed just fine. But taking care of their homes and their lives can tricky, exhausting, and even dangerous for some seniors. Is there help available for seniors like this?
Home Care Assistance
There is help indeed and it comes in the form of home care assistance. Home care assistance is a specific type of senior care dedicated to seniors who struggle to fully take care of their homes but who, otherwise, can take care of themselves just fine. Back in the day, seniors in this position were very unfortunate indeed. Many seniors were compelled to move out of their homes –homes that they loved and in which they had lived for decades in some instances– and into a senior care facility of some kind. All of this not because they could not take care of themselves but because they found grocery shopping, laundry, or meal preparation too difficult.
Thankfully, those days are over now. For one, there are independent living and retirement communities. These communities offer a place for seniors to live in which they can run their own lives but do not have to worry about homemaking and housekeeping. But even better than that, there is home care assistance.
How Home Care Assistance Works
Home care assistance sees a caregiver come to the home of the client and help to run errands and do chores. The caregiver can come by as infrequently as once a week or every day. It all depends on how much assistance the senior needs. Some of the services included in home care assistance include:
- Making and changing beds
- Washing dishes, pots, pans, and utensils
- Cleaning kitchen counters and appliances
- Cleaning inside the refrigerator
- Gathering up trash from inside the home and putting it out for pick up
- Cleaning bathroom fixtures
- Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping floors
- Vacuuming carpets and upholstery
- Doing laundry
- Overseeing meal planning and preparation
- Cleaning up after meals
- Assisting with diet plans and reinforcing diet maintenance
- Transporting clients to doctors, clinics, errands, shopping, and outings
- Shopping for groceries and cleaning supplies
- Performing errands
- Providing companionship, friendship, and emotional support
Remove the Worry with Home Care Assistance
As you can see, the list of home care assistance services is long and varied. And the best thing about home care assistance is that it alleviates a lot of worry. Seniors need no longer dread those chores that they find difficult. And families of seniors don’t need to worry that their elderly loved ones are struggling to manage their homes.
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If you would like to learn more about home care assistance or to find out which home care assistance services are right for your family, please get in touch with us today.