Caring for a Loved One
Home Care Assist is Here to Help You Find the Best In-Home Care
Home Care Assist is here to help you find quality in-home care for your loved one. As is often the case, remaining at home as one ages is preferable. Ideally, in-home care is provided by a family member. However, resources may become scarce and in-home care needs may increase. We know that caring for someone is a labor of love. For this reason, our mission here at Home Care Assist is to help you connect with qualified and compatible, private-duty, in-home caregivers.
What is hired, in-home care?
Generally, “in-home care” means non-medical care, personal care. Non-medical care services include personal care, companionship and supervision, as well as help in the home with the tasks of daily living such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, transportation, and companionship.
The type and level of in-home care is determined by assessing the individual’s ability to care for themselves. Can they perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)? The extent to which a person can or cannot perform their own ADLs is often used to determine eligibility for government and insurance benefits.
How to determine in-home care needs?
Agencies and nursing facilities use Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) to evaluate the level of in-home care that an individual needs. ADLs refer to six specific activities, which reflect an individual’s capacity for self-care: bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting, eating, and walking. IADLs refer to six daily tasks and enable an individual to live independently in their home: housework, meal preparation, taking medications, shopping/errands, using the telephone, and managing money.
To make these same in-home care determinations for your loved one, ask the following questions:
- Has your loved one’s physical function or mental status declined?
(e.g., difficulty with walking or mobility, increased daytime sleep, trouble getting up from a seated position, uncertainty when performing tasks)
- Have you noticed changes in personal hygiene? (decreased bathing, poor dental care, inappropriate dress, increased body odor, etc.)
- Is your aging family member neglecting personal responsibilities? (for example: paying bills, regulating the thermostat, leaving lights on, neglecting trash disposal)
How do I find in-home care?
The first challenge is determining the type and level of in-home care that the individual needs. The second, and equally important, is finding the RIGHT caregiver. Home Care Assist uses a unique system for matching careseekers with caregivers. Using a set of criteria — skill, qualifications, availability, location, and personal compatibility — we provide you with a curated list of caregivers who match your needs. We guide you through a set of questions to learn about your needs, preferences, and personal interests.
At Home Care Assist, we believe that compatibility is key to establishing successful, long-term, in-home care relationships. We make it simple and affordable to find the best in-home care.
Are you ready to get started? Simply create a careseeker profile, activate your account, and gain access to a network of experienced, background-screened caregivers. We use the same national standards as agencies. We ask the right questions and verify professional certifications. Our mission at Home Care Assist is connecting families with skilled and compatible in-home care.