Are you considering homecare for yourself or a loved one, if so the following are some common industry terms that would be helpful for you to know and understand as you begin your search for the best agency and/or caregiver to meet your needs.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Daily self-care activities may include eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, housekeeping, administering medication, and assistance with getting up, and moving around. The ability or inability to perform specific ADLs can help you narrow your search and select the level of care that you need.
The person responsible for supporting or taking care of a person that is unable to completely care for themselves on a day-to-day basis. They may aide in performing ADLs and other duties as well. Caregivers are often a spouse, child or other family member or a professional health care provider such as a Companion, Home Health Aide (HHA) or a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Seeks to engage seniors through the use of emotional support, conversation, social events and outings where possible, and encouragement to stay as healthy as possible. It is designed for seniors who are generally healthy and want to remain in their home. It also delivers a valuable social benefit by decreasing isolation and helping to reduce depression from being alone.
Home Health Care
Care may be provided in an individual’s home by a licensed healthcare professional who provides for medical care needs, or by professional Personal Care Aides (PCAs) or loved ones who provide services to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs).
Care for individuals who are chronically or terminally ill, focusing on palliative care rather than lifesaving measures. Can include medical, counseling, religious, or social services.
Due to aging, degenerative diseases, joint problems, pain, neurological conditions or other problems that may cause muscle weakness, seniors often need assistance getting out of bed and around the house or performing ADLs. Caregivers can assist with mobility to a varying degree, so it is important to be aware of your level of need and to communicate that when hiring a caregiver.
Inability to walk, often referring to a bed-ridden or hospitalized person.
Nurse Referral Services / Private Duty Nursing
Care provided by a Registered Nurse (RN), or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN/LVN). Most nurses who provide private duty care or nurse referral services are working one-on-one with individual clients.
Assistance in helping prevent injuries or skin/muscle breakdown that can result from hours spent in bed or in a wheelchair. The caregiver may remind the client of the need for repositioning, usually every two hours, and can assist those who cannot reposition on their own. It is also important to ensure proper positioning after a transfer or move.
Short-term coverage or temporary relief provided for those who are caring for loved ones that might otherwise require the hiring of professional home care and/or permanent placement in a facility.
Assisting patients perform the daily activity of getting to the bathroom as needed. This care is provided while carefully respecting the patient’s dignity and privacy.
Assisting a person to stand/sit/get out of bed, ranging from minimum assistance (person can support 85-90% of his or her own body weight), moderate assistance (50% or more weight-bearing), or maximum assistance (50% of less weight-bearing). Based on the level of assistance needed, caregivers may utilize different techniques or equipment, including verbal cues, hands-on assistance, a gait belt or a Hoyer lift.
For help finding an in-home care agency that offers all of theses services and will tailor a plan that is the best fit for you or a loved one, visit www.AgapeHealthGroup.com