5 Services Home Care Aides Can Provide Besides Basic Health Care
By Anita Ginsburg
Hiring a home care aide can make life easier for those who are medically convalescing or dealing with a chronic or acute phase of illness. Seniors and people with special needs or disabilities can also benefit from having home care assistance at home. These workers offer more than medical support, however. They often provide a range of services that can make life easier during challenging times.
A home aide will often do typical household tasks like washing dishes, watering plants, vacuuming floors, and dusting furniture. Doing laundry and paying bills on request are additional chores that might be handled. Usually, the precise type of work to be done will be spelled out in the agency contract. More demanding work like washing windows or heavy scrubbing is not typically included. Lawn care or gardening may or may not be covered.
Another important task that many home care workers can undertake is cooking and serving meals. These might be meals prepared by family members for reheating or a mobile food service that delivers ready-to-eat meals. Some aides will shop for groceries, cook meals, and arrange snacks for a resident who needs assistance.
In some cases, a home care worker can take care of the resident’s pets. Walking the dog, changing kitty litter, and cleaning the fish bowl or bird cage along with daily feedings and water ensure that the animals receive adequate care and oversight. Of course, special considerations like pet snakes or ferrets might require agency authorization and the aide’s willingness to take care of these creatures.
Depending on the resident’s ability, health, and needs, a home care aide may assist with bathing, shampoos, dental hygiene, and nail care. Hair styling and application of cosmetics are services that may be offered. Personal care should be discussed at the beginning to determine what the home care aide is able and willing to do.
A resident’s home care may require transportation to and from doctor appointments, therapy, or shopping excursions. An aide who is a licensed driver might be assigned to driving the resident on errands or to carry out business activities. If the aide does not drive the resident around personally, they can schedule a commercial or agency transport service and help the resident into and out of the vehicle.
A home care aide can do so much more than provide health monitoring and assistance. If you, a parent, or a loved one is struggling at home, it may be time to look for a home care aide who you trust.
Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.