In-Home Care For Seniors

Your Medical Alert System is Only The First Step

“I Can’t Be There All The Time, But What More Can I Do?”

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Buying a Medical Alert System is a Necessary First Step

For a senior who is planning on living independently in their own home, it’s the most affordable life-saving service that you can provide to your loved one! Depending on your loved one’s individual circumstances, you may want to consider fall detection devices as part of a medical alert system and follow our fall prevention tips to prevent injuries in the home. It may also be necessary for you (or a professional in-home caregiver) to assist in some of the basic day-to-day things that we all take for granted every day.

Home Care Options To Consider

Household Chores:  Things such as cooking, cleaning, and basic home maintenance will be needed.

Hygiene and Companionship: Support with personal hygiene and even a companion will help with loneliness which can be very important for your loved ones’s personal well-being.

Medication Management: Don’t forget things like taking the proper medications at the right times. Booking and getting driven to doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, and pharmacy’s will also be needed.  Between family, friends, and neighbors, you may be able to take care of these needs knowing that if an emergency arises, the medical alert system you have provided them will be there to assist them.

But what if you can’t be there as much as you would like to? Or you feel that they may need more interaction with others to keep their mind sharp and stimulated? What home care agency options do you have to keep them comfortable and safe in their home, but also provide the additional care that may be needed for their well-being?

There are in-home senior care services out there that provide referrals to caregivers right in your area. These in-home care specialists can provide in-home care as much or as little care as you may require. Here is a great in-home services you may want to consider.


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Care.com is a membership service (both free & paid) that connects caregivers with families and individuals who are in need of caregiving services like in-home senior care, child care, tutoring, pet care, and housekeeping services.

There are basically three steps to use the care.com service to find in-home senior care options:

  1. Join the service as either a family or an individual and chose the free Basic Plan or the Premium Plan for a small monthly fee. You can join for even just one month!
  2. Post a job listing that states the type of in-home caregiver you’re in need of. You can also perform a detailed search of in-home senior care providers who match your criteria. When you find a local senior caregiver you’re interested in, request a free background check, view their photo, video, and references.
  3. Contact the In-home senior caregivers that you feel will be the best fit for you and your loved one. You can use the contact information provided by the caregiver or send them messages through the care.com website.

Care.com is a great resource for many types of care and has been featured time and time again in the national media in both television and print. The list is impressive with many major news organization represented.

 

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Using our link will provide you with access to the Care.com senior care service network and we may receive a referral fee from this company. This is how we can continue to research these companies, maintain the website, and provide this information to you at no cost.

We suggest starting your research with Care.com to figure out in-home care costs. Several factors will vary how much you will pay for home care such as amount of care needed, additional responsibilities and experience level of the caregiver.

Be sure to also check-out these other great resources which include our tips for finding an in-home care provider. Not only will they tell you the different types of care options that are available but will also provide you with great insight on what types of qualities to look for in a caregiver and whether assisted living may be a better choice.