Matching Services With Needs

When you and your loved one are considering in-home care, the number of options can be quite overwhelming. You will need to consider the purpose for hiring home care services. Here are some guiding questions.

  • Do you simply need companionship?
  • Do you need help with some daily tasks due to mobility issues?
  • Do you need supervision due to problems with memory loss?
  • Do you need medical care?

In some cases, an in-home carer may be hired to help for a combination of reasons. These are the services that can be provided by home care providers.


A broad range of studies has shown that social isolation and loneliness has a significant effect on your health and ultimately, lifespan. As you age and become less mobile, this is a major risk to your well-being. In-home carers can assist by providing regular companionship. Your carer might do activities with you at home, take you on outings or accompany you to visit friends. They can also take you to appointments, if necessary. It is especially important to have a companion for medical visits so that there is someone else to confirm any instructions you are given.

Daily Living

The vast majority of seniors wish to stay in their own homes. If your family is unable to commit to full-time caregiving, in-home carers provide the services you need to allow you to age in place. Home care services can help you with basic housekeeping and personal aspects of daily living.

Housekeeping: This may be done on a daily basis or less regularly. You may need assistance with some tasks such as cooking, cleaning, gardening or laundry. In other cases, you may need help with general shopping or ensuring that bills are paid on time.

Personal Care: Mobility issues may make it difficult for you to bathe, dress or feed yourself easily. An in-home carer can support you in completing these tasks.

Dementia Care

Many families believe that their loved one will need to enter residential care at the onset of dementia. In fact, dementia sufferers do not deal well with change and have a better quality of life if they can remain in their own homes. This requires considerable support from loved ones and professional home care services. Trained carers can monitor that medications are taken correctly, identify safety hazards and assist with tasks that have become too challenging. They can also engage dementia clients in activities which help keep the sufferer stimulated and active.

Nursing Duties

If you or your loved one has experienced a medical setback, a trained in-home carer can provide nursing aid until a recovery has been made. This can include general bathing, toileting and feeding duties as well as administering medications and monitoring progress.

Sharing the Load

A quality home care provider can offer reliable carers who lighten the load for both you and your senior. Once you have identified your needs, the home care provider can match you with a carer who has appropriate personal attributes and skills. This will guarantee peace of mind and a better lifestyle for both you and your loved one.


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