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What Home Care Services Can Do for You



There is a great trend among seniors and those who are unable to meet the daily demands of running a home or other needs due to illness or injury. This trend allows those individuals to take care of everything that needs to be done while staying in the comfort of their home. The solution people are finding is to use home care services.

There are a wide range of services to be used depending on the needs of the client. Because of the diversity of available home care, people are opting to stay at home rather than move into a facility or stay in hospital.

Home care services can be provided by self-employed individuals as well as agencies. They may consist of all-day in-home assistance, or just once a week help, or even less often. Services may be provided by a skilled professional or a paraprofessional. Each of these criteria is adapted to the specific needs of the individual.

Let’s review the different types of home care services that are available to meet the demands of clients. This will give the best idea of what services might be used to the best and most efficient help of an individual.

Homemaker care is, as one would infer, taking care of the household duties. The homemaker care provider will usually do light housekeeping, laundry, change sheets, grocery shop and do other such simple tasks on a daily or usually weekly or bi-weekly basis, as needed.

Personal care is when an assistant helps with the more personal needs. This would include helping with bathing, dressing and grooming, toileting and eating.

Meal service is when an assistant takes care of the meal preparation for the client. This will include menu planning, shopping and cooking. This service can be used daily or less often as needed.

Home health care is when an aide comes to help take care of simple health care needs. They may administer medication to ensure the proper dosage is taken and can also order and pick up prescriptions. They may help with changing dressings and taking vital signs. This type of care is also common for people who have just left the hospital and still require assistance. In some cases the home health aide will help with light housekeeping or simple meal preparation.

Skilled health care differs from home health care in that it covers more skilled health assistance. A Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse will assist the patient with their medical needs in their home, allowing them to leave the hospital, even though they are not yet self-sufficient and still require medical assistance. Therapists also fall under this category.

When a person has diminished health, whether due to age, accident or illness, it is important to their recovery that they be as comfortable as possible. The hospital is usually not the most comfortable place, and so in many cases it is in the best interest of the patient to get them in the comfort of their own home as soon as possible.

For many seniors, losing the ability to care for their own needs can be difficult to bear, and for some moving into a nursing home is too much to handle. The ability to stay in their comfortable home and still have everything taken care of can be a great burden lifted for them and help them to feel as well as possible.

As ever more people recognize this value of being at home, the demand for home care services is on the rise. The industry is one in which people can work to make a difference in the lives of those they assist. Often with greater experience comes a higher rate of pay.

In order to receive training for a position in home care services you will have to check the requirements in your specific state, as each has its own level of certification requirements. You can also find out about local outlets for training programs that will get you the certification you need to be eligible to work in home care services.

There is a great deal of flexibility in this field. You may work in a different home every day of the week preparing weekly meal plans. Or, if you choose, you might work part time keeping house for one individual every week day. In working for an agency you may have a different job every day, or you could work as a home health aide for a single family, helping their child all day every day.

For anyone looking for a job that will provide satisfaction, an opportunity for growth, variety or the ability to develop a connection with patients, experience for those going into the medical or nursing field and one that you can find anywhere you go in the country, home care services is a great place to look. The prospects are great and job security is high. All around it’s a win-win for the service provider and the customer.

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