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At-Home Care Question: What Are the Types of Caregivers?

August 2, 2021

What Are the Types of Caregivers? As seniors who live at home age, they may be in need of more care in the home. Whether it’s serious medical care or just help with personal care like bathing or dressing, our de-centralized healthcare system can provide many options for the type of elderly care needed.

But which is right for your elderly family members? It’s a problem that a lot of people find overwhelming; that leads to seniors not getting the care services they need. Here’s a brief guide to the types of caregivers that are available.

Residential Care Facilities for More Serious Needs

There are over 15,000 nursing homes (sometimes referred to as skilled nursing facilities) in the US, catering to a host of different needs. Many times these facilities will house short-term rehabilitation patients (who may be recovering from surgery or a fall). As well as those with chronic conditions that need long-term care.

Skilled nurses and professional caregivers help residents with everyday needs. Some nursing homes may also offer hospice care, which is palliative care for patients at the end of life.

Non-Medical Residential Care

For seniors who don’t need round-the-clock care or medical/rehabilitative support, assisted living facilities may be an option. Seniors can live mostly independently; but with access to nearby caregivers who can help with personal care. And do things like help them get to doctor appointments. Many insurance providers don’t cover these facilities; Also, they tend to be expensive.

At-Home Care for Those with Significant Medical Needs

The most common term you’ll hear is home health care for elderly people who need, for example, a private duty nurse to give in-home medical care like IVs or oxygen. These are generally independent caregivers. They are sent through nursing care agencies, and may be affiliated with local hospitals or other medical facilities.

Elderly At-Home Care for Help with Everyday Living

Seniors who live at home may not need medical care outside of their regular doctor appointments. They may, however, need some assistance beyond what family caregivers are able to provide with what are called Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). ADLs can take many forms, such as:

  • Personal care, such as bathing, dressing, toileting and other hygiene related tasks. Seniors with mobility issues may not be able to complete these ADLs independently.
  • Meal planning and preparation, especially cleanup and grocery shopping. Many elderly people resort to cooking unhealthy frozen meals or skip meals altogether because of the physical demands of shopping, cooking and cleaning.
  • Laundry and light housekeeping. Again, the physical nature of these tasks can be daunting for seniors with mobility issues.
  • Organization and technology help. Many seniors depend on technology to connect to their loved who live far away. But they also struggle to master new technologies, meaning they can use some help.

Having an at-home caregiver is the right choice for many seniors who do not need constant medical attention. And the best part is that for seniors who qualify, home care comes at no cost to them. Home care agencies help you with the paperwork and will find the right caregiver to fit your needs.

Home Care Powered by AUAF: a Home Care Agency for Our Community

If at-home care is right for you or your loved ones, let Home Care Powered by AUAF help you through the process of getting the care you need. Our dedicated caregivers are ready to help you or your elderly loved ones age in place. Our staff is fluent in English, Assyrian, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Persian and Armenian. Contact Home Care Powered by AUAF or call us at (773) 274-9262 to get started today.

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