If you’ve decided to hire home care for your aging loved one, you’re ready to narrow down the search. Now that you know that you don’t want to send your loved one to a care facility, you can rule out options like a nursing home or assisted living. Now, you have to choose between the home health aide options available to you. Most home care options are similar, but some might be better for your situation than others. Here, you can review the options to make the best choice for your family.
Home Health Aide
You could hire a certified or non certified home health aide to assist your loved one. A home health aide can help with everyday tasks. Some home health aides are also qualified to help with basic medical needs. Usually, certified aides can provide this basic medical care and non certified aides cannot. But, if your loved one needs a lot of medical attention, consider finding another care option. If you are looking for a certified home health aide, there are agencies to help you. You can hire an agency to find the right aide for your loved one. These agencies are called certified home health agencies.
A homemaker will assist your loved one with basic tasks. This includes cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, and more.
Elder companions can also help an elderly person with everyday tasks. But, their main goal is to provide friendship to an elderly person. They will go to a person’s house and talk with them, read to them, or take them out to a movie. Many elderly people get lonely, and it can improve their moods to have someone to talk to.
A registered nurse is qualified to provide medical help to your loved one. They can come to your loved one’s home and give medical attention. If your loved one has serious medical needs, this might be a good option. A registered nurse can also help with basic tasks, but they should mainly be in charge of medical needs.
Licensed Practical Nurse
In a home care setting, a licensed practical nurse can do the tasks that a registered nurse can. In a hospital setting, these nurses usually work under doctors or registered nurses. They can’t do everything that a doctor or registered nurse can do in a hospital. But, when providing home treatment, they can give medical attention.
Certified Nursing Assistant
This person can give medical help under the supervision of a nurse.
Physical Or Occupational Therapist
If your loved one was injured or involved in an accident, they need to recover. Your loved one might need the help of a physical or occupational therapist in order to do this. Some physical or occupational therapists will come to your loved one’s home to help.
These are some of the home health care options that are open to your loved one. Discuss these options with your loved one and consider their needs. Then, you can determine the best option for your situation.