In Home Care

Many seniors and adults with medical / non medical requirements opt for In Home Care due to various reasons. The primary reason is that seniors are comfortable at their own home than moving to a care giving facilities such as assisted living communities or nursing homes. Home care costs are also significantly lower than the assisted living / medical / skilled nursing facilities.

Home Care Agencies provide a number of services to the seniors in need. The home care agencies have to be approved by the respective state governments in order to ensure that the services are provided as per law. The agencies employ qualified and trained Care Givers to provide required senior services. Home Care services are also generally referred as Home Health Care services, as the care services include health and medical services in many cases.

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In Home Care Service Categories

Home Care Services include the following major categories. Each home care agency may offer only certain services hence please check with the respective agencies for their services.

1. Non-Medical Services – Personal care, Companion care, Errands and Transportation services, Live-in care, etc.

3. Specialized Home Care Services – Alzheimer’s care, Diabetes care, Hospice care (aka  End-of-Life care), Veterans care, etc.

2. Medical Services including Skilled Nursing Care

Home Care Service Examples

Here are the examples for medical, non-medical and specialized services provided by care givers and in home health care agencies.

Personal Care (non-medical)

• Bathing
• Dressing
• Feeding
• Grooming
• Toileting
• Transfer/Ambulation
• Medication Reminder
• Meal Preparation
• Exercise
• Live In Care (24 x 7)
• Post Operative & Injury Care

Companion Care (non-medical)

• Letter/Card writing and Mailing
• Transport to Appointments
• Grocery/Retail Shopping
• Communicating with Family
• Reading to Client
• Light Housekeeping
• Assisting in Gardening/Personal Hobbies
• Pet Care
• Plant Care

Concierge Services (non-medical)

• Event Planning/Coordinating
• Ticket Purchases
• Personal Chef Services
• Meal Services
• Catering Services
• Limo Services
• Floral Services

Errands & Transportation Services (non-medical)

• Shopping For Household Needs & Groceries
• Medical Appointments
• Beauty Appointments
• Pick Up Dry Cleaning
• Postal Errands

Specialized Services (medical / non-medical)

• Hospice Care / End of Life Services
• Diabetes Care Services
• Nursing Services
• Veteran’s Care Services
• Other Medical Services

The in-home care agencies are also required to carry Workers Compensation Insurance and Liability Insurance as mandated by the respective regulations. Services provided may involve a few hours a service a day, one or more days a week or 24×7 live-in service.