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Different Types of Caregivers for Different Types of Home Care

Posted: 6/19/2017 3:43 PM by Interim HealthCare
Different Types of Caregivers for Different Types of Home Care

When someone you love needs assistance because they are elderly, some questions come quicker than the answers. What is in-home care? How do I go about arranging it? Will they be safe? Well for starters, there are two basic types of in-home caregivers. The first are licensed healthcare professionals who provide medical care in the home according to the orders of a doctor. These can include social workers, physical therapists and nurses.

The second are caregivers who serve as companions, homemakers and aides. They are there to help with non-medical tasks and activities, enabling an older or disabled person to live independently at home for as long as possible.

A full-service in-home healthcare organization can provide both types of caregivers, with the frequency of visits (part-time or full-time home care) determined by the client’s needs. Many adult children with elderly parents take advantage of the non-medical type of caregiving because they have peace of mind knowing that their parent’s everyday wants and needs are being seen to.

Below are just a few services provided by non-medical caregivers:

  • Laundry and linen service
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Making medical appointments
  • Caring for pets
  • Opening mail
  • Transportation
  • Assistance with grooming and bathing
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housework
  • Medication reminders
  • Companionship

Because every situation is different, professional caregivers can help determine the level of in-home care that your loved one or parent needs. As those needs change, services can be either increased or decreased. Remember, the goal of in-home care is to help someone live at home as independently as possible, rather than having to move to a long-term care facility.

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