What Is Home Care?
Home care helps adults age in place in their own homes through professional caregivers who assist with daily tasks that promote and foster independence and safety. A home caregiver delivers services that include:
- Medication reminders
- Household chores
- Meal preparation
- One-to-one personalized care
Visiting Angels' personal care provides companionship to seniors and assistance at home with daily activities. Unlike “home health care,” you don’t need a doctor’s prescription. Services can be provided for a few hours a day up to 24/7 care.
When Should You Seek Home Care?
You may be acting as a sole caregiver to a family member and are struggling with the decision to ask for professional assistance. A nursing home or retirement home may seem like logical options, but the emotional trauma your senior will endure leaving their cherished home can be overwhelming. Research has shown that seniors flourish when they remain in their homes with familiar surroundings.
Deciding upon home care is a difficult and stressful choice that involves many factors, including logistics, emotions and whether home care costs are affordable. Getting expertise and advice from a reputable source, such as Visiting Angels, should be your first step.
Specialists in Home Care
Visiting Angels' home care experts will guide you through the decision-making process. You'll benefit from a free in-home consultation to determine the best type of support and a recommended caregiver whose personality, skills, and experience are the best fit.
You may feel uneasy or reluctant to allow someone to visit your home or a family member’s residence. Visiting Angels’ compassionate and qualified caregivers have been in thousands of homes and have dealt with many different situations, schedules, personalities, and needs. You can rest assure that whatever questions or concerns you may have will be addressed and handled appropriately by our dedicated team of professionals.
Emergency Home Care Needs
While most home care requests are planned, there are times when emergencies or unexpected situations occur, causing you to seek care sooner than expected. Visiting Angels can respond quickly if your loved one needs assistance due to an emergency or even a late day discharge from a medical facility such as a hospital or rehabilitation facility. Visiting Angels will respond to requests for in-hospital assistance, assisted living bedside care, or discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation facility. Professional caregivers will also assist with major transitions such as assisted living to a family member’s home or into a family member’s home as part of a relocation.
Visiting Angels can ease your burden and help you by:
- Consulting with you about scheduling, costs and care
- Scheduling an in home visit
- Creating a personalized care plan
- Coordinating a caregiver meeting
- Adjusting care plan or routines as needed through monitoring and ongoing, consistent communication
If you're interested in more answers to what is home care and how our senior care services can help you or a loved one, contact your nearest Visiting Angels home care location today or call 800-365-4189.