As you or your loved one becomes older, you may wonder if there are any non-medical in home care services. These services can provide assistance in some of the things that have started to become difficult due to immobility or other challenges. The good news is that there are services available, and they can help extend the time that seniors can remain at home.
Types of Non-Medical In Home Care Services
- Activities of Daily Living
These services provide assistance in the little things that people do every day. For instance, assistance with getting out of bed, fixing some breakfast, cleaning up, getting dressed, and maybe heading out for a day with friends or shopping can be included in these types of services. They can be every day or every other day depending on needs.
- Custodial Care
Custodial care is staying with the senior citizen throughout the day and/or night in case he/she needs any help with anything. For some people, they need a lot of help, while others just need to have someone close by in case they need assistance.
- Assistance with Dressing
Putting on clothes can be almost impossible for some senior citizens because of immobility, and aches and pains. With assistance, they can get their clothes on with minimal discomfort.
Not only is it physically demanding to take a bath or shower, but it’s dangerous too. Baths and shower stalls are dangerous for those with fall risks. When seniors are able to get assistance in and out of the shower, and for some, cleaning their body, they are able to feel clean and better about themselves.
- Medical Monitoring
It can be easy to forget to take medication. For some elderly individuals, they have so many that they can sometimes take the wrong dosage of some medications. It can be helpful to have someone come into the home to read the bottles, dispense the medication, and be the support needed to stay on top of their medication.
- Meal Preparation
Standing for long periods, working the stove, and doing many other tasks to cook a healthy meal can be difficult for some senior citizens. By having someone come into the home to prepare all of the meals, seniors will be able to continue to eat well without the challenge and dangers of cooking.
As you can imagine, cleaning a home can be too much work for someone who is older. Having someone come in and do housekeeping means keeping the home safe and clean, which has great health benefits.
- Running Errands
Some senior citizens no longer can drive, so they must rely on transportation services or help from their loved ones. With non-medical in home care, running errands can be much easier. The senior citizen can come along or the home care worker can do it for him/her.
- Doctor’s Visits
Many senior citizens have a hard time understanding what their doctor is trying to convey during appointments. Having someone there as a second pair of ears can be quite appreciated.
- Companionship and Respite for Family Caregivers
Senior citizens are in a different stage of their life. Because of this, they tend to isolate and become lonely. Having someone to talk to can bring a sense of peace and comfort to a senior citizen. It can make him/her happy. Not only that, it gives family caregivers a break from their very difficult job of providing support.
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How to Find Non-Medical In Home Care Services
There are many organizations that can be found nationwide that provide these services. To make it easier for you to find them in your area, you may want to use a service called Home Instead. You can call them at 877-970-7738. You can also use Google to search for non-medical in home care services and some of them may come up for your area.
Paying for These Services
Some of these services may be covered by your healthcare insurance. Contact the company to ask them what your policy covers. If your insurance doesn’t cover the costs, you’ll need to pay out of pocket or check with your local social services office for reduced cost or free services.