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What You Need to Know About at Home Care for the Elderly

As the child of elderly parents, you just want them to be happy, healthy, and safe. While your parents may still be capable of living on their own, you may be starting to see signs that they could use some additional help at home.

Depending on your parent’s needs, they may only require occasional assistance and would prefer to continue living in the comfort of their own home. This is where hiring in-home help can be beneficial.

What is Help at Home for the Elderly?

At-home senior caregivers visit regularly or intermittently to assist your loved ones with their living activities. The degree of required assistance can vary anywhere from help with meal preparation to 24-hour in-home respite when needed.

In-home help allows your elderly loved one to remain in familiar surroundings rather than moving to a nursing home. They’ll get the help they need while still retaining much of their independence.

What are the Types of Elderly Care Services?

While the services provided will vary among different care professionals, a caregiver may help by preparing meals, managing medications, or helping with hygiene and grooming.

See below for a list of some of the most common services.
Meal preparation – Meals are created with a focus on proper nutrition and with respect to dietary restrictions.

Light housekeeping – Tidying up the home by doing the dishes, vacuuming, or helping with laundry

Help with errands – The caregiver can provide transportation or run errands by themselves.

Companionship – Helpful for senior citizens that tend to get lonely or feel isolated

Medication management – Ensures that your loved one follows their medication plan.

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