Home caregivers offer a vast spectrum of services. They provide a crucial support system for people who find themselves in need of assistance with daily tasks. These services can make a world of difference to anyone struggling to maintain their quality of life. Mobility issues, chronic illness, and age are all factors that might require the help of a home caregiver. Through their efforts, people who otherwise might not be able to stay independent can keep living life to the fullest.
These services become even more critical during the age of COVID-19. Arizona is currently experiencing one of the worst outbreaks in the United States, and our senior clients are at particular risk of infection and death. Due to the viral threat, many seniors may choose to limit their outdoor excursions to avoid exposure. Others may become infected and have no support system in place to help. Through it all, our caregivers are here to protect our clients from COVID-19 and prevent infection.
A Home Caregiver Plays an Important Role
One thing to keep in mind is the difference between a home caregiver and a home health nurse. A home caregiver helps clients with daily care such as bathing, food preparation, and keeping track of prescriptions. A home health nurse has a degree in nursing and is qualified to handle more complex medical needs. Home healthcare can sometimes span only a few hours a week, though it can be longer. Home caregiving is often 24/7.
While our caregivers aren’t medically trained, they have received extensive training on preventing the spread of COVID-19. As members of the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), Generations Home Care caregivers participate in the Power of Five campaign, focused on protecting seniors from the coronavirus.
This training instills five critical habits our caregivers use with every client interaction:
- Washing hands frequently.
- Disinfect surfaces routinely.
- Check clients for fever and symptoms daily.
- Maintain a safe distance always.
- Check-in regularly.
By taking these actions, we can continue to support our clients’ independence during this global pandemic.
How We’re Supporting our Client’s Independence
While keeping our clients safe from COVID is our priority, that hasn’t stopped us from assisting in other ways.
An essential element of a home caregiver’s duties is attending to a client’s basic needs. Many clients might have mobility issues that complicate simple tasks such as getting dressed, bathing, and using the bathroom. To help clients retain more independence, caregivers can also assist with getting in and out of a wheelchair or other mobility devices. Getting assistance with day-to-day tasks helps clients feel more comfortable and can even prevent potential medical problems by ensuring they stay clean and mobile.
Help With Medication
Though home caregivers cannot provide clinical services, they can assist with medication management. The number of medications seniors regularly take doubled in recent years. Keeping track of prescriptions and ensuring clients take them on schedule can be a big job, especially for clients who also experience lapses in memory. A home caregiver can help their clients stay on top of their medication and monitor a client for warning signs of medical conditions.
Chores and Errands
Aside from helping take care of their clients, home caregivers can also help out around the house. Many seniors and medically fragile people avoid going to the store to reduce their exposure to COVID-19. A home caregiver can safely pick up groceries and other necessities, so their clients don’t have to. Caregivers can also help with laundry, housekeeping, and any other tasks a client can’t accomplish on their own.
One of the least defined yet most important services a caregiver provides is companionship. Those who require home care services are often unable to maintain routine social interactions. A quarter of seniors are considered isolated and, as a result, are more likely to suffer health concerns. This is especially concerning during a pandemic, because isolated seniors may be less likely to recognize potential symptoms and seek out the early care that could save their lives.
Our caregivers see their clients regularly and have been trained to recognize the signs of COVID-19. Should they arise, our caregivers can make sure their clients get the care they need. In addition, home caregivers are there to combat the most harmful parts of self-isolation. Having another person to talk to can help identify and counteract depression as well as loneliness. Though not as concrete as helping with medications or mobility, a caregiver’s role as a source of emotional support and physical monitoring can’t be overstated.
Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts
So how do all of these specific services add up in the life of a home care client? Home care can make a massive difference in a client’s life, simply by allowing them to remain in their own home. A staggering 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their homes for at least five to ten more years. Being in a familiar and comfortable setting is a large source of fulfillment for seniors as they age. However, the global pandemic has made this pursuit extremely difficult for many seniors.
Our clients and their loved ones feel safe knowing that they have someone looking after them and keeping them safe during these challenging times. The ultimate goal of home caregiving is to allow people to stay healthy, happy, and independent regardless of external circumstances.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.
Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.