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In-Home Caregivers Make a Difference Every Day

Right at Home is joining thousands of organizations across the U.S. in recognizing caregivers during Home Care Aide Week on November 12-18. The week’s purpose is to recognize the contributions in-home caregivers make every day to the well-being of older adults and people with disabilities. The week was established by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

Caregivers are trained professionals who provide a variety of services, including companion care, personal care, nursing care and specialty care. These services often allow elderly and disabled individuals to stay in their own homes as they age.

Simplifying Lives With Companion Care

Individuals who are aging in place or are disabled often struggle with day-to-day activities, such as light housework, grocery shopping and attending medical appointments. Companion caregivers make life easier to manage. In addition, caregivers provide important interpersonal connections those living alone may lack.

Easing Everyday Challenges With Personal Care

Throughout our lives, we might take for granted the ability to do daily activities such as hygiene, climbing stairs and even dressing. But these activities can become major challenges for aging and disabled adults. A professional caregiver can ease the challenges these individuals face by providing personal care with dignity and respect, assuring that the home can be a place of comfort.

Healing at Home With Nursing Services

When a loved one needs in-home medical care after an illness, injury or hospitalization, families often think their only options are assisted living or a nursing home. In-home nursing services offer a place of comfort and healing for seniors and can include administering medications, simple wound care, catheter or ostomy care, and vital sign monitoring and reporting to health care providers.

Reassuring Loved Ones With Specialty Care

In-home specialty care may be an answer for families with a loved one who requires special care for a condition such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes or Parkinson’s. Caregivers are uniquely trained to provide in-home care for many chronic conditions as well, including supporting those with a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, or who are recovering from cancer or a stroke. These caregivers also help families cope and are a source of comfort, assuring them that their loved one is receiving the vital care needed.

Helpful Resources

Right at Home offers FREE downloadable guides to help you navigate the aging journey with your loved one. Here are some of our guides:

Aging-in-Place Guide – Most people want to remain in their homes as they age. This guide identifies areas of the home that can be a roadblock and what should be put in place as you plan the aging journey.

Ways To Pay Guide – When discussing home care, two of the most frequently asked questions are, “What does it cost?” and “Does insurance pay for it?” This guide answers those questions and several others, and includes options for funding sources to help pay for in-home care.

Adult Caregiving Guide – Since most seniors want to remain in their homes, this guide provides information on the challenges that can affect the everyday activities of older adults and offers steps to follow to ensure your aging parent, spouse or friend is getting the right care they need.

Fall Prevention Guide – The home should be a place of comfort for aging loved ones, but there are many areas of the home that can be a hazard as they age, especially if there are other heath conditions involved. This guide helps you assess each area of the home to reduce the potential fall risks.

Right at Home is pleased to celebrate our dedicated caregivers during Home Care Aide Week as they continue their commitment to our mission to improve the quality of life for those we serve. They are truly making a difference. If you or a loved one is receiving in-home care, be sure to thank your caregiver.

From help with light housekeeping, hygiene and meal preparation to assistance with recovery after a hospital stay, Right at Home can be your care partner and help you and your loved one navigate the aging journey. Contact your local Right at Home* and ask for a FREE in-home consultation.

*Home care services vary by location.

Marsha Johns, blog author

Marsha Johns is a veteran health care marketer and award-winning writer. She strives to make medical topics understandable and relatable for all readers.

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