When trying to choose between the myriad of choices among various long term care options—assisted living versus retirement community versus in-home care—an important question for those considering in-home care is how to find a well-trained and compassionate caregiver. As more and more aging adults turn to in-home care as their senior care option of choice, understanding what goes into finding a well-matched and well-trained caregiver becomes increasingly important. The first question many families looking into a variety of senior options have is “What does an in-home caregiver even do?” The answer: In-home caregivers can assist with a variety of tasks including:
  • Healthy meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Ambulating and transferring
  • Transportation to appointments, meetings, errands, etc.
In addition to these types of tasks and others that fall into the category of Activities of Daily Living, in-home caregivers can provide support in many aspects of a client’s life in order to promote independent living at home while also providing comfort, safety and meaningful companionship.  Our years in the in-home care space have enabled us to compile the types of questions that typically concern families as they are researching various care options, typically for an aging, chronically frail, or otherwise ill adult. We have developed a valuable guide, What Is Home Care, that is designed specifically to answer key questions about what in home care is, what caregivers do and how to make the best decision for you and your family when selecting a senior care option. The guide includes tools such as a one-page checklist with important questions to ask a prospective caregiver and ways to rate various home care agencies.
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