Is Non-Medical Home Care the Best Option for Your Aging Loved One?

As our loved one’s age, it becomes important to find the proper care for them. However, this is not always an easy task given the different options. Depending on the condition of your loved ones physical and neurological health you may consider non-medical home care as an option. You may be thinking what is non-medical home care? This is a common question. Non-medical home care to put it simply is home care with out medical assistance.

Companion Care vs. Personal Care

There are two types of non-medical home care, one is companion care and the other is personal care. Companion care is care that supports social and emotional needs and may include help with daily task.

Companion Care tasks include:

  • Companionship
  • Socialization: such as conversations, card games, etc.
  • Chores such as cooking or cleaning
  • Transportation to and from appointments

Personal care is different in that it deals more with personal hygiene and day to day tasks.

Personal Care tasks include:

  • Bathing
  • Feeding
  • Dressing
  • Giving of medications
  • Assistance with the bathroom

How to Know if Non-Medical Home Care Is the Right Option?

Non-medical home care may be a good option for those who need help with daily tasks, or whos family members do not want to leave them a lone.

Signs your loved one may need home care includes:

  • Becoming forgetful
  • Becoming disoriented
  • Trouble with mobilization such as: walking or getting up out of chairs or bed
  • Loss of depth perception
  • No longer able to drive

If your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms or others such as forgetting to pay bills or purchase food they are in need of home care assistance

How to Find a Non-Medical Home Care Professional?

Finding a non-medical home care professional may be difficult in the beginning. You do have to options with this you can find an independent caregiver or work with a home care agency. Working with an independent provider you will need to search for candidates online. It is also important that you run your own background check on this individual to make sure they are qualified as well as a safe option. The best option is to work with a home care agency. Home care agencies staff home health aides that work one on one with your loved one. Additionally they run background checks so that you do not have to.

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