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Aging loved ones seeking to retain their independence often need help from a caregiver a few hours a day to assist with daily living tasks. How do you choose which type of care is best for your aging parents?

Consider these common options:

Companion Care

If your loved one can still handle bathing, grooming, and other personal care tasks but could use a little extra support around the house, look into companion care. Companion caregivers provide help with the basics, such as household chores, meal preparation, and grocery shopping.

Having a companion around also gives your loved one someone to talk to and go to for support when family members are unavailable. If your loved one experiences any changes in mental or physical health, his or her companion can alert you and offer transportation to and from appointments as needed.

Home Health Aide

Seniors with limited mobility can benefit from home health aide services, which may include:

• Help with bathing and dressing
• Meal preparation and feeding assistance
• Rides to doctor’s appointments along with note-taking
• Ensuring medications are taken at the right times
• Taking vital signs and monitoring overall health

Services may vary depending on an aide’s training and certification. Make sure the aide you hire is able to provide the level of care your loved one needs now and has the flexibility to adapt as needs change over time.

In-Home Nursing Care

In-Home nursing care provides skilled medical care for your loved one in a comfortable environment. Nurses are qualified to handle complex health tasks, such as assisting with medical equipment, changing bandages or dressings and administering IV medications or nutrients.

Your loved one may need nursing care if he or she was diagnosed with a medical condition or has recently undergone surgery.

Respite for You

If you’re the primary caregiver for your loved one, there will be times that you need to free up your schedule. Whether that’s to take care of errands, enjoy your hobbies, spend time with friends, or simply to relax, you’ll need someone who can reliably fill the role of caregiver for your aging parent.

Part-time caregivers can provide respite for you, and the highest level of care for your loved one while you’re away.

Here at Caring Home Care, we’ve been helping to match families with part or full-time caregivers since 2002. We know that you value trust, safety, and peace of mind. When you match with a caregiver through Caring Home Care you can be confident knowing his or her health and well-being is in the hands of a caring, skilled professional.

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