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What is Home Care?

Let Us Be Your Second Family
We’ll Be There When You Can’t

You’re the family caregiver—the daughter who makes sure dad gets to the doctor, the son who stops by after work to tuck mom safely in at night, or the person responsible for ensuring Aunt Elsie eats nutritious meals. We know you want to provide the best care for your loved one and we know that you have a lot of choices. Sometimes, just getting the answers and information you need can be exhausting. So we wanted to share a little information with you about home care.

The terms Home Care and Home Health Care are they often confused but are two very different types of care:

  • Home Care describes personal care such as bathing, grooming, meal preparation, transportation, homemaker or companionship services, and is provided by professional non-medical caregivers.

  • Home Health Care is medical care provided by licensed medical professionals such as nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, for which you need doctors’ orders.

In broader terms, home care often revolves around the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). ADLs are basic activities and functions performed on a daily basis that are usually done without assistance. The six ADLs are:

  • Eating

  • Dressing

  • Bathing

  • Toileting

  • Transferring

  • Continence

IADLs, on the other hand, are those activities instrumental to our daily routines such as:

  • Driving

  • Preparing meals

  • Doing housework

  • Shopping

  • Managing finances

  • Medication reminders


How does Home Care differ from Home Health care?

It used to be that a medical crisis could spell the end for seniors living in their own homes. But today, even older adults who suffer from chronic conditions or life-debilitating illnesses can still remain at home due to advances in technology and life-saving equipment. Convalescing at home can actually help some seniors not only survive, but thrive. For instance, seniors with dementia may be less confused at home where they will more likely know where everything is located.

A home health care agency can provide licensed medical professionals to go to an older adult’s home, offering a wide range of medical and therapeutic services. If your senior loved one needs care that requires a doctor’s prescription, then you should contact a home health agency.

If your loved one needs assistance getting to and from doctor’s appointments, assistance with bathing, going to the bathroom, or simply having someone to spend time with, you should contact a home care agency like Second Family Home Care. Many caregivers and older adults find that using a team approach of having both home care and home health care services actually provides the best solution.


Why Home Care?

An overwhelming majority of seniors want to continue living at home for as long as possible. Seniors appear to be willing to seek help so they can stay in their own homes. Studies have shown that the majority of seniors who live alone prefer to use home care to maintain their lifestyle.

We all share similar concerns about care for our parents, grandparents, and loved ones as they reach retirement age and beyond. Perhaps your dad gets confused and can’t keep his doctor's appointments or medications straight. Maybe your grandmother, suffering from Alzheimer’s, needs regular attention while you’re at work. Perhaps it is evident that your loved one needs more care, but you’re just not ready to consider a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Second Family Home Care will help with compassionate, senior home care services provided right in your loved one’s home. Whether it’s for a few hours a week or live-in care, our caregivers will be there to assist you.


Home Care Enhances Lives

You know Mom needs a little help around the house, but just because she’s having a few problems doesn’t mean you have to move her somewhere else. Taking advantage of the variety of today’s senior services, especially non-medical home care services, may be all they need to remain in their own, familiar home.

Home care focuses on helping seniors with daily activities to remain safe and healthy. Many seniors need help to get their day started with assistance showering, preparing breakfast, and medication reminders. Help before bedtime, or even overnight, can be an important safety net for seniors at home who often are more apprehensive in the evening. However, one of the most important needs of a senior who lives alone is often companionship. The companionship component of a professional caregiver’s job can be just as vital as the physical assistance they provide. Seniors need conversation and one-on-one contact to keep their minds alert. They can thrive with someone to participate in their favorite activities such as gardening, baking, or woodworking, Even someone to go to the grocery store or attend a concert can be a great benefit.


Second Family Home Care will provide caregivers who will meet all those needs. Wherever a senior calls home, is home. We are often called upon to provide assistance to seniors who reside in an Independent Living Home, Assisted Living Home, or a Skilled Nursing Home.

Check out testimonials (insert hyperlink) given by our clients to see how many past and present clients rave about our services and the quality of our caregivers.

We would be proud to be your second family, wherever care is needed.

We are ready to take care of your loved one.

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