Dementia home care is professional medical care or personal support provided by an individual caregiver within the person’s home, rather than primary care given in traditional group settings such as nursing homes or clinics. Homecare has also been called domiciliary care, residential care or domicile care. Home health aides, home healthcare workers, and in-home personal care professionals are all forms of home care.
There are many reasons that the elderly choose to receive home care. Many seniors choose home care because it allows them to remain in their own home, but offers the assistance of trained and experienced caregivers who are specially trained in dealing with many unique issues that can occur with senior citizens. For instance, many seniors suffering from dementia have difficulty remembering things and, if not properly assisted, can become confused or agitated. Also, many seniors who suffer from serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease often require a higher level of personal care and may have trouble getting around their own home, unless they receive help and assistance from trained family caregivers. Also, many seniors who live alone or with other individuals in long-term care facilities need extra assistance with daily personal needs such as bathing, dressing, getting in and out of bed, or grooming.
There are also many seniors who live alone in long term care facilities who would greatly benefit from assisted living. Long-term care facilities provide residents with food, clothing, medications and other services that may be needed by seniors who choose to live independently. However, many seniors who live independently do not wish to leave their homes and may need assistance with daily tasks such as preparing meals, bathing, dressing and using the bathroom. Therefore, if a family member or other loved one is interested in becoming an in-home caregiver, it may be a good fit for that person.
Senior citizens who are interested in being home care aides should know that there are several different types of home care aides who can help them. The most common type of home care aide is the housekeeper. Senior housekeepers perform several different types of duties for seniors. They can bathe the elderly, feed them, change their linens and other necessary items, and help with personal care tasks such as grooming or shopping. Some housekeepers also participate in therapy sessions with the elderly to learn new activities and skills to make the lives of seniors more enjoyable.
Other types of home care aides include companions, personal care assistants and companion caregivers. A companion caregiver is someone who assists seniors with activities of daily living. A personal care assistant is someone who aids seniors with everyday personal tasks such as cooking, laundry, shopping or light housekeeping. Most commonly, companions are good fits for standard home care services provided by licensed professionals.
In addition to companions, personal assistants, and caregivers, home care may include assistance from a service provider. An individual service provider, sometimes referred to as an assisted living partner, provides routine assistance in the majority of the day-to-day tasks associated with seniors. Common tasks include shopping, light housekeeping, bathing, medication reminders and errands. Service providers do not provide therapeutic services and do not give health advice. Generally, service providers make a payment based on the number of hours they spend assisting seniors every week.