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How Families in Auburn Can Ensure Quality Personal Care

Home care is not a one-size-fits-all solution and navigating the maze of provider options can prove exhausting for families. For loved ones requiring assistance with daily activities, personal care is an invaluable service.

In this post, we will examine personal care – what it is and how families in the Auburn area can connect with experienced local caregivers to ensure quality care for their loved one.

What is Personal Home Care?

Home care services generally fall into two primary categories: companion care and personal care. Companion care assists individuals with routine tasks, such as meal preparation, light cleaning or housekeeping, and various errands. Personal care is far more extensive; encompassing all the functions of companion care, as well as assistance with life’s most basic needs, like dressing, grooming, bathing, and toileting.

When is Personal Home Care Beneficial?

Personal home care benefits individuals who are incapable of safely performing everyday tasks and functions. This includes seniors, as well as those with physical disabilities or limited mobility, chronic conditions, or those with balance issues or other factors contributing to an increased risk of falling.

Key Signs and Indicators  

By understanding some of the common signs outlined below, families will be prepared to identify when advanced care is needed in order to proactively plan for a smoother transition to a safe and stable care arrangement.

  • Advice from health care professionals – It is important to trust the trained professionals caring for your loved one. Concern and recommendations shared by doctors, nurses and other medical personnel should be heeded.
  • Difficulty with everyday activities - Struggling with activities like dressing, bathing or grooming.
  • Fear for personal safety and health - These uncertainties are not uncommon in advanced age and as health begins to fail a caregiver can reduce the risk of falls and injury by assisting them navigate the challenges of everyday life.
  • Unexplained injuries or self-neglect - Families should watch for unexplained cuts, scrapes, bruises, or any signs of self-neglect.
  • Loss of mobility or strength - Difficulty moving from room to room and the inability to perform everyday tasks.

The Bottom Line

The decision to transition to home care can be difficult for both seniors and their families. By gaining a better understanding of what the caregiving process entails and the benefits it offers, families can help ease their loved ones’ fears and provide a safe and stable option for aging in place.

Quality Care at Home, Close to Home

Visiting Angels of Auburn is Rockingham County’s leading home care provider. Through our Select Your Caregiver® program, every client is carefully matched with a compatible caregiver so you can be confident your loved one will be cared for by someone who is the right fit for his or her needs and personality.

Contact us today to learn more about Visiting Angels of Auburn’s specialized care services. Our in-home consultations are free – we will explore a care plan with you that fits both your budget and your loved one’s desired quality of life.

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.