Before your search for home care begins. It’s important to understand what types of care are available. In addition to understanding the types of care, it is important to find a home care agency you can trust to provide compassionate care for yourself or a loved one.
Respite care provides occasional and/or regular caregiving coverage to allow family caregivers the opportunity to schedule their own appointments, go to the gym, visit with friends, and go on a business trip or vacation. Depending on the need, respite care can be a few hours each week, a few hours a day or a few continuous days so that you can focus on work or other responsibilities as needed. It is personalized to your specific needs. Mitch Bloom, a SYNERGY HomeCare owner in Minneapolis, reports that 50% of his clients receive respite care.
Companion care consists of activities such as running errands together, socializing, engaging in hobbies or taking walks. For aging loved ones who live alone, companion care alleviates isolation and can assist family members who are not able to spend more time with their loved ones. This is also a way to introduce the concept of in-home care, should a higher level of personal care become necessary down the road.
Short-term Recovery Care
Recovering from a brief illness such as a heart attack, or a surgery such as a knee or hip replacement often requires assistance with getting in and out of bed, showering, dressing, errands and meal preparation.
Mid-range Personal Care
For aging loved ones who need regular assistance with medication reminders, showering, exercise, eating healthy food and socialization, professional assistance a few hours a day a few times a week can make a big difference in lightening the load for family caregivers.
Long-term Personal Care
If your aging loved one’s health truly begins to take a downturn, the level of care needed is best achieved by a trained professional. The effort that goes into caring for someone with memory loss or other illness can be substantial and demanding. Many of these families rely on skilled, professional care. People who have early-onset dementia, for example, may not be able to be home alone while a spouse works. Some people need around-the-clock care, which is often staffed by several caregivers who rotate shifts.
Top 5 Things to Know about Professional Care
- It’s not always a long-term commitment
- Care is customized to each client
- Care plans can change any time
- Extensive hours per day may not be needed
- Most home care agencies have a large bench of caregivers so the right match can be made for each client