National Home Care and Hospice Month celebrates all that home care and hospice workers do for men and women across the nation. This is a good time to get answers to your questions about home care.
How Does Home Care Work?
When you hire caregivers from an agency, you work with the experts to come up with the right schedule of services and home visits. If your mom and dad are independent, they may only want help once a week with laundry. Rides to appointments every few months may be all they need.
Once the schedule is developed, caregivers arrive at the scheduled time on appropriate days to help out. The caregiver is there for as many hours as is scheduled and leaves at the end of that time. Your parents know when they have caregivers coming and are left on their own the rest of the time.
If a caregiver is ill or can’t start his or her car, a replacement is sent to cover the day or just an hour or two while the caregiver gets to your parents’ house.
Are You Locked Into the Schedule of Services?
Services can be added and dropped as needed. Your parents never have to worry about having too much or too little assistance. If the day comes that help isn’t needed, services are canceled with ease.
You might want respite care services. You’ll have a caregiver stopping by to help your parents while you go on vacation, take a day off, or recover from a bad cold or the seasonal flu. This temporary care plan is also easy to arrange and can be incredibly helpful to family carers.
What Services Are Available?
The list of services varies from one agency to another. Plus, there are often things that caregivers are happy to help your parents with that aren’t on a list. Most agency caregivers help with housekeeping, laundry, transportation, meal preparation, and medication reminders.
Caregivers can help with personal care and grooming. If your parents need someone to help them button shirts or zip pants, that’s easily arranged. Say your dad has a hard time shaving his face. Caregivers can do it for him. Your mom needs help trimming toenails and applying foot cream, that’s another aspect of personal care.
Family carers should partner the help they give their parents with services from a home care agency. Professional caregivers help family members take time off for self-care without putting aging parents at risk of isolation or lack of care. Call an agency to schedule caregivers to help out.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Central Point, OR, please contact the caring staff at Southern Oregon In-Home Care today! Proudly Serving Seniors in Josephine & Jackson Counties, Oregon. Call us today! (541) 236-4247