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How Many People Does It Take to Properly Care for Seniors in Need?

Home Care for Seniors in Miami FL

A senior in need may be facing any number of challenges. Everyone is different, including their physical, mental, or emotional capabilities. Some seniors can continue being as active as they want well into their 80s and even 90s with minimal or no support at all. Others might require an extreme level of physical assistance just to get out of bed and get to the bathroom.

When people begin looking into various home care options, either for themselves or more likely a family member or friend, they generally have numerous questions and concerns. One of the top concerns is trying to figure out exactly how much care and support someone is going to need.

Home Care for Seniors in Miami FL

Home Care for Seniors in Miami FL

Since everyone is different, there’s no way to answer this question accurately for every single person. The best thing we can do is offer some guidance and a basic understanding about the various home care support services that may be available in any given geographical area.

Home care aides. 

The most common type of home care support is in the form of an aide. A home care aide is a person who can assist with basic living tasks and skills. This can include helping an elderly client get out of bed, get dressed, take a shower, prepare meals, do some light housekeeping, go shopping for food or other items, and possibly even doing the laundry.

Home care aides can also offer companionship and the opportunity to play games and do other activities that are important to him or her.

Visiting nurses. 

For someone who requires at least a bit of medical attention, whether it’s to administer medications, check vital statistics, or perform other services, a visiting nurse may be necessary. A visiting nurse is not going to be doing many of the same things a home care aide is, but a home care aide is not going to be licensed or certified to administer medications or do those other medically related tasks.

Physical therapist. 

A physical and occupational therapist may be needed following a stroke, major surgery, or other medical emergency that limits a person’s mobility or ability to perform certain tasks. A physical therapist can be essential for recovery from any number of medical emergencies, surgeries, or other conditions, including injuries sustained in an accident.

Due to new protections for home care providers, some may not be able to work more than 40 hours a week or eight hours in a day as they may have in the past. Therefore, several different caregivers might be necessary if around-the-clock care is needed.

There’s no fixed answer when it comes to how many people a senior might need for proper and safe home care support. The best thing would be to contact an agency and discuss the needs of the senior with an experienced administrator who can help people navigate this unfamiliar topic.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Miami, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

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Zachary Desmond

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care, Inc.
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability.His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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