Health Care Directory 2022-2023



should know how caregivers are screened and trained, and if the employer provides insurance and assumes responsibility for payroll and taxes; if they do not, you could be held responsible! A good company will make clear exactly where each party’s respon sibilities lay, so be sure to ask. Inquire how emergencies are han dled and if they can provide fill ins in case of a caregiver’s absence. Ask many questions and request references! A good company will assist you in reviewing the different home care options in your com munity. Most companies will provide an initial meeting (some

any older adults wish to remain in their own homes where a lifetime of memories brings them familiarity and comfort. As the years progress, family members may notice that once-simple daily activities have become more chal lenging for their loved one. Difficulty in consistently main taining the household or an increasing neglect for one’s own hygiene and personal needs are not uncommon. A little companion ship and support may be all that is needed to remedy the situa tion. The answer could be a non-medical homecare solution. Caregivers providing these ser vices are available to assist others with daily tasks to help them remain healthy and independent, wherever they call home, for as long as possible. Non-medical homecare agencies can provide caregivers who help others with daily liv ing activities. These tasks may include, but are not limited to: light housekeeping, assistance with meal planning and prepa ration, shopping and errands or companionship and other supportive services. Caregivers from homecare agencies can also remind their clients to take their regularly scheduled medications which the family or nurse has set up. In addi tion, they can supervise self care, or accompany clients to the grocery store, appoint ments and other engagements. Some companies can also pro vide direct personal care. This extends services to include assistance with bathing, dress ing, grooming, and inconti nence care.

Non-medical homecare ser vices can be provided by a vari ety of different types of compa nies. Some companies offer a wide range of medical and non-medical services, while others specialize exclusively in non-medical home care. There are also contract registries who will find a caregiver for you; however, they typically do not assume payroll, tax or insur ance responsibilities. It is very important to be cautious when inviting someone into the home of a loved one. You

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