You’re the family caregiver, and we understand that you want to provide the best care possible for your loved one.

We also know that there are many options available, and sometimes just getting the answers and information you need can be exhausting. We put our heart into information sharing as well.

Below you will find some basic information and resources about home care.

The generic term ‘home care’ can describe two very different types of care:

  • Home Health Care provided by licensed medical professionals, for which you need a prescription
  • Non-Medical Home Care, such as personal care, homemaker or companionship services provided by professional caregivers

In most cases home care that seniors require often revolves around the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL). These are provided under non-medical home care.

Activities of Daily Living are basic activities and functions performed on a daily basis that are usually done without assistance. The six activities are:

  • Eating
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Transferring
  • Continence

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, on the other hand, are those more complex activities instrumental to our daily routines such as:

  • Driving
  • Preparing meals
  • Doing housework
  • Shopping
  • Managing finances
  • Managing medication

Why home care? It’s what seniors want to remain independent and in their own homes.

A recent study found an overwhelming majority of seniors (over 86%) enjoy living at home independently and want to do so for as long as possible. Seniors are willing to seek help to assure their independence. The study found that 54 percent of seniors who live alone are four times more likely to use professional care than those who live with their children. The users of in-home care tend to be older: 42 percent of seniors over the age of 80 rely on professionals. We at Eleanore’s Friends are here for you.

How do I know if my loved one needs Care?

Individuals who cannot perform one ADL are considered ‘moderately disabled,’ and those who cannot perform two or more, ‘severely disabled.’ These loved ones, if they are to remain living independently at home, need regular, consistent help in routine activities. Because such activities often require attention throughout the day, one must plan carefully and realistically when considering caring for a loved one. It is doubtful in today’s economic environment that a family caregiver could maintain a traditional job when the elder cannot perform one or more ADL. It is important, however, to realize that there are many options in professional home care—both outside and inside the home.

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