There’s no substitute for family. However, when you can’t care for a loved one, stay-at-home care is the next best solution. Professional home care services help your loved one live at home while aging in place, recovering from surgery, or living with a medical condition.
Keep reading to learn more about how home care services provide relief for your family members.
What is home care? Professional home care services provide older adults and those with medical conditions the support they need to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Anyone who needs help living independently can benefit from home care services. A home care agency that aids your loved one can prevent further hospitalization and improve their mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
After you build a home care plan, personal caregivers—including nurses, aides, and physical therapists—work with your family to deliver short- or long-term support. Professional home care services include:
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Short- or long-term care for a temporary or chronic health condition
- Help with dressing and grooming
- Meal preparation
- Homemaking activities
- Therapeutic services
Home care agencies work with your family members to customize a treatment plan that gives your loved one the level of care they need to stay safe and happy at home. Care coordinators, therapists, and nursing care aides come together to improve your loved one’s quality of life.
When you arrange home care services for your loved one, they enjoy these advantages:
- Freedom, security, and independence
- Reduced chances of hospitalization
- Emotional support and companionship
- Healthy and nutritious meals
- Safe and reliable transportation
Personalization is the heart of home care. When you build a care plan, your care coordinator meets with your family to understand your loved one’s care requirements. Whether your loved one needs assistance with daily activities or just someone to confide in, there’s a care plan out there for them. These are the common types of home care services:
Companion care is a form of home care that helps older adults with activities of daily living while also providing good company and emotional support. Social interaction is essential to everyone’s happiness. Without socialization, older adults and others living with a health condition can start to feel lonely and isolated. The stress of a lonely lifestyle can lead to health complications, such as an increased chance of stroke and dementia.
Personal care services make it possible for your loved one to live at home with a chronic illness or physical limitations. If your loved one cannot safely perform activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, or feeding, then personal care services may be your best option. Trained caregivers assist with their daily routine and enrich their lives with support and understanding.
Respite care provides temporary relief to family caregivers. When you’re providing unpaid home care to a loved one, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities. Respite services can reduce feelings of exhaustion for primary caregivers. The home care agency steps in to provide care to your loved one while you rest and recuperate. You can handle personal matters with the peace of mind that your family member is in capable hands.
Providing care to a loved one with a health condition is a lot of responsibility. There’s no shame in accepting help. Reach out to MDC Healthcare and learn how we approach home care.
Assisted living facilities provide care services to older adults and others who can’t live at home independently. The patient receives healthcare, housing, and support as needed. Much like home care, assisted living can be a short- or long-term solution. The caregivers in assisted living facilities help residents with bathing, dressing, and food preparation. In an assisted living community, patients have many opportunities for socialization and friendship with other residents.
While assisted living facilities have many advantages, they may not be the best fit for your loved one. Not everyone likes living in a group environment, and your family member may prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home. Because patients who live in an assisted living community receive care from many different caregivers, they lose the personalized, one-on-one care that professional home care services offer.
With stay-at-home care, your family member can build their treatment plan and define the level of care they need to be safe and healthy. They can choose someone who understands their unique needs and provides consistent support and companionship.
If your loved one needs assistance to stay independent and doesn’t want to move to an assisted living facility, MDC Healthcare’s home care services are what you need. Our care coordinators match your loved one with home care aides who understand their unique requirements and relate to their life experiences. MDC Healthcare supports communities of every ethnicity, race, and culture, and our staff includes native speakers of 18 languages.
We can’t replace family, but we try to be there like one. Our skilled and empathetic caregivers do everything they can to help your loved one lead an enriching and productive life.
MDC Healthcare delivers customizable, affordable, and culturally sensitive in-home health services to communities in Georgia.