Home Care Services
Home care makes aging in place possible for millions of seniors every year. Instead of moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home, seniors can continue living where they feel happiest and most comfortable — their home.
No one understands the importance of senior care like we do at Visiting Angels®. As one of the country's most trusted home care agencies in the country, we make senior care possible for older adults across the U.S. Our in-home care services for the elderly make daily living safer and more enjoyable, allowing seniors to spend their golden years in the comfort of home.
Our elder care offers valuable support to families. Visiting Angels makes it easier to care for aging loved ones, helping families to spend more quality time together. At the same time, we provide much-needed respite for family caregivers, reducing their risk of caregiver burnout.
Learn more how we provide the best care at home for seniors.
Home Care for Seniors
Choosing the right type of home care will ensure your loved one's comfort and improve their quality of life. But if you're unfamiliar with the different types of home care, deciding between them can be confusing.
The good news? Selecting the right home care service is simpler than you might expect. Here are some options offered:
- Companion Care
- Personal Care
- Respite Care
- Specialized Home Care
For most seniors, companion care provides the support they need for a wide range of basic caregiving tasks, including light housekeeping, help with errands, and meal preparation. This makes it a perfect choice for anyone who needs assistance to live at home safely, but who doesn't require advanced assistance.
If your loved one has advanced care needs, then personal care could be the right choice. Personal care includes basic caregiving duties of companion care, but it also helps with tasks such as grooming, dressing, bathing, and mobility. Personal care can also provide essential care to individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, COPD, or Parkinson's.
Are you the primary caregiver for an aging or disabled family member? If so, respite care could be the best option. Respite care helps family caregivers pursue other activities, attend urgent obligations, and spend more time with family. Most importantly, it gives them time they can devote to self-care, reducing the risk of caregiver burnout.
Seniors with specific health conditions or care needs may require specialized care. At Visiting Angels, we offer specialized home care services through our Life Care Navigation program. If your loved one has a range of distinct care needs, we can combine these with our traditional home care services when we develop your loved one's care plan.
Senior Care That Is Personalized
At Visiting Angels, our goal is simple. We want to make senior care as comfortable and enjoyable for loved ones who want to age in place. At the same time, we want to make home care services for the elderly as easy and stress-free as possible for families.
Our approach to senior care starts with a custom care plan for every client. Your local Visiting Angels home care agency will personalize a comprehensive care plan to your loved one's unique needs and living conditions. This way, we provide support exactly where it's needed.
When coordinating care, we work closely with families each step of the way. Once care starts, we remain in close contact with family members to keep them up to date. As your loved one's needs evolve, we'll work with you to make sure they continue receiving the care they need.
Home Care Assistance
With Visiting Angels, it's easy to get started with senior care services.
Your local Visiting Angels agency will schedule a free consultation to begin the process. We'll learn about your loved one's needs, living conditions, and personal preferences. We'll use this information to build a framework for your loved one's care plan.
As we develop your loved one's plan, we consider a wide range of factors. Our home care assistance recommendations include your loved one's personal routine, while also developing a schedule that fits comfortably within your budget. Our home care agencies also work with doctors, nurses, and other health care providers to ensure our care plans align with medical directives.
The final step is to match your loved one with a caregiver (or caregivers). At Visiting Angels, we pride ourselves on the compassion, dedication, and experience of our home care providers. We know how crucial the relationship between caregivers and seniors can be. Because of this, we strive to find the perfect fit for every client.
Ready to get started with the nation's best senior care? Contact your local Visiting Angels office today!
Home Care Questions & Answers
Why Do I Need Home Care?
For many families, home care services provide a beneficial choice—a safe and affordable solution that supports the family, while allowing your loved ones to stay in the comfort of their own homes and communities.
Home care provides compassion and help for seniors who need assistance with daily activities. Levels of care vary by need and can span from weekly meal prep to incontinence help.
Home caregivers understand the nuances of senior care, so they can be attentive and proactive with determining the proper care needed for each senior.
Is In-Home Care a Better Option Than Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility?
In-Home care is a more private option that allows your loved one to remain in their own home. This is often less disruptive and more engaging, making it the first choice for many families. Couple that with the rising costs of nursing home facilities, and it's understandable why in-home care has become the preferred option for many families.
Before deciding between the benefits of in-home care vs. a nursing home, there are several things you'll want to think about:
- Ask your loved one about how important it is for them to continue living at home.
- Speak with your loved one's physician about what level of caregiving is needed.
- Determine whether your loved one requires specialized caregiving, like Alzheimer's care.
- Calculate your budget for caregiving services or residence in a care facility.
- Get detailed information from local in-home care companies and assisted living centers.
What is the Difference Between Home Care and Home Health Care?
When someone thinks about home care, they assume home care and home health care are the same, but that is not the case. This can make it confusing for families searching for the right type of care – and the right care providers – for their loved one.
Home Care Services
Non-medical and provide companionship and assistance with activities of daily living.
Home Health Care
Medical-skilled services that typically require a written order from a doctor.
What Services Does Visiting Angels Provide?
Visiting Angels provides companion care and personal care services. Our home care services are designed to provide assistance with those activities that elders need help with in order to be able to stay at home safely and with dignity. Our in home care services may include fall prevention, medication and fluids reminders, light housekeeping, grooming or bathing assistance, and running errands.
What Does “Aging in Place” Mean?
Aging in place refers to the ability of any person to grow old in their own home or that of their family. It is the opposite of institutional residential care like a nursing home. Sometimes it may mean the ability, with extra help, to stay in an assisted living facility as well.
Does Visiting Angels Provide Services in Assisted Living Facilities?
Yes. People sometimes discover that the assistance provided in an assisted living facility is not sufficient to enable them to remain independent. In these cases, Visiting Angels provides a qualified caregiver to make this possible. In some states you are allowed to hire private help in an assisted living facility – or nursing home.
How Quickly Can Home Care Services Start?
Generally services can be provided within a 48-hour period and often the same day.
Can I Change the Home Care Schedule If I Have Appointments to Keep?
Schedule changes are easily accomplished with as little as one week notice. Our philosophy is to make the schedule work for the family, not the agency. You come first. Your needs, your requests, your schedule. We will do everything possible to make sure the schedule you want is the schedule you get.
How Do I Start Home Care Services With Visiting Angels?
Contact your nearest home care office or call 800-365-4189 with you senior home care questions. We will have our staff come to your home and conduct a free, no obligation home care assessment. We will then, at your direction, identify caregivers who have the skills, personality and availability to assist you. You will then be able to meet the caregiver, and if you approve, they will begin working for you.
What is a Free Home Care Assessment by Visiting Angels?
At Visiting Angels, a complete home care assessment is an essential step in coordinating care for an elderly loved one. A free in-home care consultation with a Visiting Angels care coordinator is one of the best ways to learn about personal care services provided by our compassionate, professional caregivers.
Before we begin a relationship with any family, we meet and discuss your care needs. This enables us to carefully craft and tailor our home care services to your family’s challenges and needs.
Our care coordinators offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations designed to answer your questions and provide expert guidance to help you navigate the senior care decision-making process.
Can I Choose My Caregiver?
After you receive your home care assessment, we will place you in contact with your local Visiting Angels location. The local director will review your home care assessment, meet with you and then work with you to choose the best caregiver. This specialized program can play a big part in making your loved one's care at home a success.