Home care is provided by home care workers who visit people in their own homes and help them to live as independently as possible.
It’s about sustaining and maintaining a person’s quality of life in their home – keeping them safe and comfortable, attending to their physical needs and supporting them with their daily activities of living. It’s also important for their social and emotional needs – to talk, travel and enjoy life. It might be for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery or who have a disability.
Home care is provided in three levels, each level requiring more experience and qualifications.
- Routine errands like grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions
- Transportation to appointments, church and social outings
- Light housekeeping
- Companionship, entertainment
- Cooking meals
- Personal grooming like assistance with bathing, getting dressed, shaving
- Help with moving around: getting in and out of the bed/shower
- Medication reminders
- Helping a person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia by grounding and orienting them
- Manual transfer
- Medication administration
- Wound care
- Pre and post-acute hospital care
- Diabetes Care
- Catheter Care
- Bowel and bladder management
Types of home care
There are many reasons and times in life when someone might need help with daily activities—perhaps a family carer needs to get out of the house and a professional care worker can come in an provide a few hours of respite care; a woman on bedrest may need an extra pair of hands around the house until her delivery date; an adult child may have relocated to another city and can’t help their elder parent with tasks around the house; a degenerative disease such as dementia may affect one’s ability to complete activities of daily living like meal preparation and daily grooming.