What Are My In-Home Care Assistance Options?


If you’re a caregiver, it’s likely that you inherited your responsibility with little to no training. It’s also likely that you’re strapped for time, lacking skills and expertise in many areas, and feeling more overwhelmed than you’d anticipated. Here is a breakdown of various in-home care personnel that may be beneficial to you during your caregiving journey, depending upon what your aging loved one [and you] needs.

So, what are your options and which may be the best fit for your situation?

Personal Care Assistants

From grocery shopping to toileting, grooming & bathing, a personal care assistant can assist with daily activities and provide respite for family caregivers. Why would you need to enlist the services of a personal care assistant? Perhaps you’re a small female providing care for a larger adult & you need help lifting and transitioning your loved one. Or maybe your loved one would prefer someone of the same gender to perform bathing and toileting duties. Regardless of the need, it’s helpful to have someone that can relieve you for a few hours and it also offers an opportunity for new energy and a unique social interaction for your loved one. Do note that PCAs are not licensed and typically qualify as an out of pocket expense.

Companion Care Services

Elder companions typically provide companion services for aging adults. If your loved one is too frail to leave the home or suffers from a debilitating illness like Alzheimer’s / dementia, then a care companion can provide social stimulation that he or she may be lacking on a daily basis. Additionally, care companions can prepare light meals and snacks and dispense medications, as well as provide both physical and mental balance for those who are struggling.

Home Health Aides

If you need a professional individual to monitor your loved one’s condition and vital signs as well as assist with daily living duties, then you may be looking for a home health aide. HHAs are trained and certified individuals, and the requirements vary from state to state.

Licensed Nursing Assistants

If you need someone that can do everything noted in the above positions, but even more, then an LNA may be worth researching. Not only are they able to provide personal patient care, but they can also set up medical equipment, administer certain medications, plus they can monitor, track and report on your loved one’s condition.

Skilled Nursing Providers

Licensed by the state, skilled nursing providers can provide a higher level of direct care than other in-home care personnel. They can administer IV medications as well as tube feedings and shots, and they are able to provide both caregiver and patient education as well. Additionally, Medicare will cover certain levels of skilled nursing care.

Stay tuned for our next post on how to identify when you may need to move forward with an in-home care option.

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