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Services Provided in Non-Medical Home Care

Non medical home care provides a wide range of caregiving that is not considered as skilled medical care. Typically these services do not require special qualifications. The type of care giver is supportive and custodial. The amount of caregiving is flexible and can be easily tailored to your loved one’s needs. Caregiving can range from a few hours a week to having a full time live in caregiver.

Here is a list of some of the caregiving generally provided in non medical home care.

  • Live in caregiver service: Your elderly loved one may need full time caregiving. A live in caregiver can live in the home of your loved one and provide full time care. Generally a live in caregiver provides all aspects of non medical home care. Unless qualified, a live in caregiver does not provide medical care such as administrating medication.
  • Companionship: Non medical home care can provide a care giver to keep your elderly loved one company and engage in conversation. When your elderly loved one becomes homebound, he or she may be in risk of isolation. Periods of isolation can lead to depression.  Companion care is necessary for many seniors
  • Meal preparation: Non medical home care can provide a care giver to cook healthy meals for your loved one. They can also prepare and encourage specially prescribed diets such as diabetic diets. Your elderly loved one may have problems preparing his or her own meals. Not having access to nutritional meals can lead to malnutrition.
  • Respite care: If you are the primary care giver for your elderly loved one but would like to have time off, non medical home care can provide respite caregiving for your loved one.
  • Incontinence care: Non medical home care can provide a care giver to help your elderly loved one use the toilet and manage incontinence. However, unless qualified, they do not administer catheter care.
  • Laundry: Non medical home care can provide a care giver to help wash laundry and change bed linens for your loved one.
  • Housekeeping: Non medical home care can provide a care giver to do light housekeeping such as vacuuming, dusting, cleaning kitchens and bathrooms, taking out the trash, and washing dishes.
  • Shopping: Having access to grocery shopping can become a challenge when your elderly loved one cannot safely drive. Care givers will go grocery shopping for your loved one or take him or her along. They can also run errands and pick up prescriptions.
  • Home assessment: Non medical home care can provide a home assessment of the home of your loved one to point out safety hazards and help make the home more accessible.
  • Transportation: When your elderly loved one needs transportation to other caregiving services such as medical appointments a non-medical care giver can provide transportation.
  • Medication reminders: While a non medical care giver is generally not qualified to administer medication, the care giver can remind your loved one to take his or her medications.
  • Grooming and personal hygiene: If your elderly loved one has problems in mobility, he or she may have difficulty in self-grooming and hygiene.  A non medical care giver can help with bathing, combing or styling hair, getting dressed, and other personal hygiene requirements.

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