Skilled nursing care, homecare, and respite care are all essential ways to help your parent remain as independent as possible as they get older. Do you know the differences between these types of senior care?
Start With Homecare
Homecare is a form of senior care where caregivers come to your parents’ home to help with daily activities of living. Your parent is okay in the family home, but some assistance is needed. Caregivers may cook meals, eat with your parents, or provide companionship.
Caregivers can change and launder sheets, make beds, and take care of light housework like dusting and sweeping. With homecare, there’s a caregiver who can run errands, drive your parent to appointments, schedule appointments, and do the shopping.
Finally, caregivers can help with grooming and personal care. If your parent has a hard time getting in and out of the bathtub, a caregiver can help. A caregiver can help a senior dealing with arthritis brush and floss the teeth. They can even remind your parent to take daily medications. Caregivers cannot administer the medications, though. They can only offer reminders.
What is Skilled Nursing Care?
When your parent has medical issues that require a trained nurse’s help, you’ll need skilled nursing care to step in. Say your mom or dad needs a surgical dressing changed, that’s a skilled nurse’s job. If your parent is on insulin and needs injections, a nurse can do that. Skilled nursing care also covers medical aspects of care that include blood pressure readings, blood sugar checks, catheter care, and feeding tube management.
Respite Care Gives You a Break From Each Other
Respite care benefits both you and your parents. If you provide senior care for your parents, you may find yourself becoming overwhelmed. You want to go out with friends, but there’s no time. You need to see a doctor for your own yearly checkup, but you can’t leave your parent alone. You simply need a break.
With respite care, a caregiver comes to your home and takes over for a while. With your parent in good hands, you can take the break you need to run errands of your own, get to an appointment, or spend time with friends.
Your parents are having a hard time with daily activities of living. Maybe you provide the bulk of their care and need a helping hand. Homecare services keep your parents safe while maintaining their independence. Homecare also covers respite care so you don’t have to put off appointments or evenings out. Call our homecare agency to learn more.
If you or a loved one are in need of Homecare Services in Nazareth PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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