Sometimes part-time care is not enough. You're worried about your loved one's safety, but you can't look after them all the time. Long-term or short-term, ongoing care may be the best option for better sleep and safer living.
We know that finding the right home care provider for your loved one is not an easy task. The very first step in your search is to learn how to consider your options. So, we've put together some 24 hour home care FAQs to help you understand if home care is the best option for you and your loved one.
1. What is home care and how does it differ from home healthcare?
Home care is a form of supportive care that is delivered in the home. Home care providers range from companion caregivers to professional caregivers who provide daily support to ensure that the activities of daily living are fulfilled. Home caregivers focus on assisting their clients with daily living activities, such as going to the bathroom or doing household chores. Caregivers may also provide companionship, transportation, or errands, and perform light household tasks. The home care industry also involves hospice care and respite care, which involves palliative care for people in their last days or weeks of life.
Home care and home health care are two different ways to help aging adults manage their health while still providing them with a high-quality lifestyle.
Home health care offers clinical services, while home care delivers non-clinical assistance with daily living activities.
2. How much does 24 hour home care cost?
Give us a call. We'll schedule a visit with you, your family, and/or any allowed representatives to discuss your particular home care needs and how Right at Home can help. We will answer all of your concerns about home care services and costs.
With all the collected information we will be able to build a personalized care plan. Our home care services rate offers affordable hourly and residential rates that allow your loved one to be cared for on a manageable budget.
3. When should we consider 24 hour home care?
A 24/7 care arrangement is considered when there is concern about a member who, because of illness, disability, or a particular situation, cannot be left unsupervised. Round-the-clock care can give you peace of mind.
Keep in mind this list of scenarios that will help you decide if continued monitoring is the right option:
- Your loved one’s spouse or family member is overwhelmed by helping around the clock.
- Your loved one is not sleeping at night (or getting up more than 2 or 3 times a night).
- Your loved one has trouble walking and has a higher risk of falling.
- Your loved one has been recently discharged from the hospital and needs constant monitoring.
4. What’s the difference between 24 hour care and a live-in caregiver?
With 24 hour care at least 2 people interact with the patient, which can be a social benefit depending on the personality and needs of the client.
On the other hand, with live-in caregiving, there is no inactive time between shift changes. There will always be a devoted person in your elderly loved one's home on call for any needs that may arise. This person will be sleeping in a very close room to your loved one, so care is never far away.
5. What services are and are not included with 24 hour home care?
24 hour home care can include hygiene assistance, physical assistance, health reminders assistance, wellness programs, and transportation & errands. Right at Home designs a customized plan depending on the client's needs.
6. Is 24-hour care really around the clock care?
Yes, we can provide 24-hour care for any given period of time, from a couple of days to a few weeks, as well as on a continuing basis. This means that we carefully select experienced and compassionate professionals who will check on your loved one around the clock.
A trained and alert caregiver is always on duty to care for and supervise your loved one. Caregiver rotations are to ensure that the caregivers are refreshed and prepared to deal with changing situations. Seniors who wander at night can benefit from someone who is on the alert for their movements.
7. What if my loved one is in an assisted living facility? Can I still hire live-in/24-hour care?
We can provide our elder care services for your family member, even if he or she no longer lives at home. Our caregivers regularly work with management and monitoring staff in a variety of settings:
- Assisted Living Communities
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities
- Skilled nursing communities
- Nursing homes
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Hospitals (babysitting services in addition to other care)
We also offer discharge services if your loved one leaves a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation center.
8. Is 24-hour home care right for us?
Families who are not able to provide 24-hour extensive home care in Palm Beach for their loved ones can have peace of mind knowing that our professional and licensed caregivers are on duty 24 hours. Whether your loved one is recovering from an injury, has developed a chronic illness, or is recovering from surgery, our caregivers can help ensure that they remain comfortable and safe while they are at home.
About the Author
Judy and Bruce Gropper have been married for over 30 years and bring that same passion and love for each other to their community. They are the owners of Right At Home Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, serving the communities of Boynton Beach, Greenacres, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Wellington.