There are plenty of home care options available for people who need assistance, either for just a couple of hours a day, maybe even only a few days a week, or for full-time, around-the-clock care. Most people have no prior experience looking into home care, either for themselves or an elderly or disabled loved one, so they are not quite sure what they would be looking for.
There is a difference between a home care aide and a visiting nurse.
A visiting nurse is often referred to as a home health care aide, though that term has often been used to describe aides who are hired to assist with basic tasks of everyday living as well.
There’s a basic distinction between the two, though.
If your mother requires any type of direct medical attention throughout the day, either to administer medications to her, check her vital statistics, change a wound dressing, or something similar, then she needs to rely on a visiting nurse. A home healthcare provider, as long as he or she is fully licensed for this type of medical work, can assist your mother with these particular situations.
If your mother has difficulty getting out of bed, getting into and out of the shower, doing the laundry, and even preparing a meal, then a home care aide would be the better asset.
Some people rely on both.
Some people will have a home care aide or even a series of aides working with them throughout the day, for a couple of hours in the morning, maybe a few hours in the afternoon, and a couple of hours in the evening, while they also have a visiting nurse stopping by every day or even every other day.
It all depends on her current situation.
Sit down and discuss the prospect of hiring home care support services with your aging mother. Explain what the key differences are and try to understand what assistance she requires at the moment. It’s easy to make assumptions about what is required at this time, but it’s far better to sit down and discuss this directly with her before making any decisions directly.
Finally, it’s always best to choose an agency.
An agency not only provides better flexibility for hours, they also have a greater wealth of resources for home care aides and home healthcare providers. If your mother only requires minimal assistance throughout the week, an agency is ideally suited to offer that level of help.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Coral Gables, FL, please contact the caring staff at Providence Healthcare Services. Call (305) 680-5349.
Providence Healthcare Services provides geriatric and pediatric services throughout all of Miami-Dade and parts of Monroe County.We are a Medicare and Medicaid certified and accredited home health agency offering comprehensive nursing, therapies, personal and non-medical care, and healthcare staffing services.
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