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What Kind of Caregiver Do You Need to Continue to Stay in Your Own Home?

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By Anita Ginsberg

As you get older, even minimal tasks can be overwhelming. In some cases, your everyday duties can be harmful for your health. For example, if you mix medications or forget you’ve taken your medication, you can overdose. If hiccups like this regularly occur, you loved ones may suggest you move to an assisted living facility. However, what if you want to go to an assisted living facility? You’ll need someone to help you at home instead. Here are some of the types of caregivers and how they’re essential to your ability to live at home.

Personal Care Professionals

Personal caregivers assist with a number of things like bathing, feeding, and grooming. Whether your family is busy or simply incapable of completing these tasks, a personal caregiver makes sure you’re clean and healthy enough to maintain a good quality of life. Some companies, like Vital Support Homecare, know that depending on your personal needs, your caregiver may leave or become a live-in home care provider.

Home Care Assistants

Maybe you want to live at home but still want to maintain the structure of being in a facility. Maybe you’re unable to cook, but you can eat on your own. This is the perfect scenario to hire a home care assistant.

They can also help with running errands and other household chores. Basically, you’ll have the benefits of being in an assisted care facility but in comfortable surroundings.

Emotional Care Assistance

Although you may enjoy being at home, you may not appreciate the lack of companionship. In fact, loneliness speeds up the development of ailments and even mortality. Emotional care assistants can come and play games with you, take you for walks on a nice day, and even come over to carry on conversations. Hiring emotional assistance also takes a large burden off your loved ones, especially if they can’t visit often.

Medical Assistance

If you have a physical or mental health condition that prohibits you from being alone, you need a medical assistant in your residence. They can help you manage your medications, make sure you make your doctor visits, as well as monitor you in case you have a medical emergency overnight. Another benefit is they can live with you to ensure your safety around the clock.

Getting older doesn’t have to mean giving up your freedom. With a home care assistant, you can live independently and still have your everyday needs met.

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.

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