Personal Care

Personal Care

 

The Benefits of Personal Care

Personal care is a non-medical form of elder care that can greatly benefit the life of your loved one while giving your entire family valuable peace of mind.

For seniors with chronic illnesses and/or mobility problems, private duty caregivers provide a wide range of services.

The most comfortable place for most of us, no matter our age or level of health, is at home in a familiar environment.  In fact, multiple studies have shown that patients who receive non-medical care in their own home heal more quickly  and are less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital following an illness or a surgical procedure than people who remain in a medical facility. The goal of private duty home care is to provide or to help provide whatever an individual or a family needs to achieve or to maintain a senior’s independence in living at home.

Some of the services could include:

Bathing and Dressing

Hygiene

Light Housework

Ambulation

Transferring

Oral Hygiene and Denture Care

Toilet and Toilet Hygiene

Taking & Recording Temp. & Weight

Administering First Aid

Meal Preparation

Nail and Hair Trimming

Medication Reminders

A big benefit of home duty care can be the friendship and companionship it provides for your loved one and the needed respite it provides for caregivers. By staying in his or her own home and interacting with someone trusted, a senior can maintain a more stable and a better quality of life.

How to select a private duty home caregiver.

Look for an agency that is state-licensed and has liability insurance. They should have had background checks for criminal records and have been screened for communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis. Ask friends and family members for recommendations. A personal reference can go a long way in making you feel comfortable about who is in your loved one’s home.

Finally, interview the candidate, asking pertinent questions on background, experience and scheduling. Watch carefully how your loved one and the candidate interact with one another. Do they seem to communicate well? Do they have any interests in common? Is there a comfort level there for you?

Creative Financing. Most patients pay for private care with their own funds  Some patients pay for in-home services from a long-term care insurance policy, from a combination of insurance coverage or from their own savings.

As you explore personal care options for your loved one, keep in mind that, as the saying goes, there is no place like home.

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