At some point in their lives, everyone requires care; from little babies to centenarians and everyone in between. Have a look at Waltham Home Care for more info on this. Our family and friends do it most of the time when we need help. Some individuals, however, need more support than family and friends are willing to provide. The person receiving treatment (care recipient) may also be a new mother, have a disability, be frail, have a medical illness or a mental health condition in these situations. Unique home care aids may be placed in place to enable them to survive or manage at home, depending on the individual’s needs. If that assistance was not available, many individuals who receive home care would continue to live in a nursing home, hospital or institution. Other terms such as ‘home health care’ and ‘home care’ are often used for home care interchangeably – but may also refer to care given by a health care professional.
Homecare – What’s that?
There is a wide variety of programmes and assistance that come under the domestic care banner. In short, what the person is unable to do for themselves is the form of treatment given. Some of the primary ones with a short summary are described below:
Personal Care – Applies to any care that addresses the care recipient’s personal hygiene. Help to shower or wash, to dress, to use the toilet, to change continence supports, to shave, to apply lotions and makeup, to brush hair and to brush teeth may include personal care support.
Domestic Assistance – applies to all activities of housekeeping and washing. Services can include house cleaning, dishes, and laundry.
Transportation- This may take the person to appointments and if appropriate, may also include accompanying them.
Shopping- This could include taking the person to the store and helping them do their own shopping, or with a list, the home care worker may do the shopping.
Respite- This form of assistance means staying with the recipient of treatment while there is a break for the regular carer.
Nursing Care applies to the home care a registered nurse must provide. Medication management, wound dressing, injections and nursing examinations may be included.
Case management – In collaboration with a case manager, case management provides a detailed evaluation and the implementation of a treatment plan. Depending on the needs and requirements of the care client, case management can be short or long term.
Social Support – applies to programmes that meet the client’s social needs. Companionship, visiting and group access may be included in this form of programme.