What Is Home Care?
Home care enables older adults to age in place in their own homes while professional caregivers help them with daily tasks they need to maintain the independence they desire. A home caregiver delivers services that include:
- Medication reminders
- Household chores
- Meal preparation
- One-to-one personalized care
Visiting Angels' personal home care services provide 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 to Seek Home Care Services
You may be acting as a sole caregiver to a family member and have been struggling with the decision to ask for professional assistance. A nursing home or retirement home may seem like logical options, but the emotional trauma a senior or elderly person endures when leaving their cherished home can be overwhelming to everyone involved. 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 should be your first step.
Specialists in Senior Home Care
At Visiting Angels, we've been experts in home care for many years and have the experience to help guide you through the decision-making process. In fact, we offer a free in-home consultation to determine the type of care that makes sense and to match your loved one with a caregiver whose personality, skills, and experience are best suited to them.
We understand that it is difficult to allow someone to visit your home or a family member’s residence. Visiting Angels’ compassionate and qualified senior caregivers have been in thousands of homes and have dealt with many different situations, schedules, personalities and needs. We take time to answer all of your questions since this is a new and challenging experience for you and your family.
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 to families who need care due to an emergency or even a late day discharge from a medical facility such as a hospital or rehabilitation facility. We can respond to requests for in hospital assistance, assisted living facility bedside care or to someone who is being discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation. We can 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.
We 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 information about what home care is 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.