Imagine the joy on your parents’ faces as your family once again arrives at their home for the holidays. Think about the smile on yours when you catch a scent from a few of your mother’s favorite baking masterpieces. Your memory instantly takes you back to earlier years, even though she is no longer able to prepare a feast as she once did.
So who’s cooking in the kitchen?
An in-home care professional.
Surprised? Many are when they discover how the right in-home care agency can offer a lot more than basic assistance to their aging loved one. The best agencies also provide services that help their clients maintain their quality of life and enjoy those things most precious to them (like hosting the traditional family holiday).
If your parents could use additional help and your family is beginning to consider in-home care, you’ll want to become familiar with the available options.
Typical In-Home Care Services
Although each organization will be different, you’ll likely find these general services:
Personal care: Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, grooming and medication management.
Meal preparation: Planning, shopping for, cooking and serving meals; cleaning up and providing hydration reminders.
Transportation: Picking up prescriptions; driving clients to medical appointments, shopping and/or social events.
Homemaking: Cleaning rooms, organizing closets/cabinets, laundry and ironing.
Different shifts: Shifts might range from a few hours to overnight, depending on the needs of the individual.
While these are typical services offered by most in-home care agencies, there are those who go “beyond the basics.” Your loved ones deserve the very best care possible, and you’ll want to look for an in-home care provider who offers a holistic approach to the support of their physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Surprising Advantages of In-Home Care
Much like senior living communities, there is no “one-size-all” approach to in-home care, so you’ll want to search for a provider who can also offer personalized services, tailored specifically to the wants and needs of your parents or loved one(s).
Some of these additional benefits may include:
- Customized care plans
Just as every older adult is individual and unique, so too are their needs and preferences. You’ll want a care plan that is specifically tailored to your loved ones and that goes beyond the basics.
The best in-home care agencies will make sure the right services are provided by developing a thorough, personalized care plan for every client. Typically, a member of the agency’s staff will visit the client’s home to meet with them and any members of the family involved with their care. This allows both the care provider and the entire family to learn more about each other and how the services available can assist and support the older adult(s).
After gathering this vital information, a care plan is prepared to outline which services will meet the needs and wants of your parents or loved ones. This plan should be reviewed regularly to ensure the right support is being provided and address any necessary changes.
- Genuine companionship
It’s common to find companionship as one of the services offered by many agencies. However, this can mean many different things and you’ll want to know if the agency can provide the right kind of companionship to your parents or loved ones.
There can be great advantage in selecting an in-home care provider who is truly dedicated to getting to know your parent(s) as individuals who have unique circumstances and requirements. Care professionals who understand your mother always starts her day with a walk or your father looks forward to an enlightened conversation about world events will be far more successful in elevating and supporting their quality of life than those who provide the same exact care to all clients, regardless of personal preferences.
- Specialized care
Some families find their loved ones need higher-level care than just assistance with activities of daily living and basic household services. Their parents may be living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, mobility challenges or other significant aging-related concerns.
If this is occurring in your family, it doesn’t necessarily mean your parents will need to move into a specialized care community. The right agency can often provide this higher level of attention with specially-trained care professionals.
- Consistent care team
Accepting care or inviting someone into your home is not a particularly easy decision to make. Some agencies will send a rotation of providers out to clients, based solely on availability. This practice can be problematic, as it’s hard to become comfortable and familiar with your in-home care routine if you are uncertain of who will be arriving to your home on any given day.
The key to success in selecting the right in-home care company is knowing they will take the time to find the “perfect match” in a care partner. Look for an agency that makes the effort to really get to know your loved one(s) and the rest of the family, and then matches them with a specific care professional that will soon become a familiar and welcome companion.
- Care and support for the family
The best in-home care involves everyone in the family, not just the client. You’ll want to find a care provider that understands that and extends their services beyond the individual.
If there are family members who are living in the home with the client, you’ll want an agency that will respect their contribution and coordinate caregiving between all partners. If there are siblings or others who are also involved in their parent’s care, even if from a distance, it’s also important that their efforts are recognized and everyone is working together as a team.
Live Well at Home by Eskaton
Live Well at Home by Eskaton is a non-medical home care provider that offers personalized services tailored to your family’s needs and preferences. Our Care Pros are available 24 hours a day to provide assistance with:
- Warm companionship
- Meal preparation
- Running errands and transportation
- Personal care services
- Overnight services
- And much more!
What makes Live Well at Home by Eskaton different?
We take the extra steps necessary to ensure we’re helping our clients maintain the highest quality of life possible. Here are a few examples that set us apart from other in-home care providers:
- We perform rigorous background checks and require a pre-hire physical, drug screening and TB test of all our care professionals. In addition, we have implemented stringent infection and COVID-19 protocols in alignment with recommendations provided by the CDC and local health agencies for the safety of both our clients and care team.
- We don’t rotate caregivers, but spend significant time and effort to match the right Care Pro to meet a client’s specific needs and provide continuity in care.
- We require an initial comprehensive training program as well as annual training for all of our Care Pros. We also provide additional training for those attending to care needs that require a higher level of skill.
- We have representatives available by phone 24/7 if there is ever an emergency.
- We provide rate and fee information before any services begin, including minimum hourly requirements and billing cycles.
- We create customized care plans to meet each client’s specific needs and preferences.
Eskaton Senior Services
The word Eskaton means “dawn of a new day” and we’ve been serving the Sacramento region and Northern California for over 50 years. Whether our services are provided in your home or in one of our communities, we see each day as an opportunity to enhance the lives of our clients and residents. If you’re wondering if it might be time to obtain in-home care for yourself or a loved one, we hope you’ll consider Live Well at Home by Eskaton.
For more information, or if there are any questions we might assist you with, please call 1-800-478-1209.