Helping Your Parents Remain Independent: 10 Ways In-Home Care Can Help

Many older adults can still live an independent life but just need a helping hand.
Many older adults can still live an independent life but just need a helping hand.

For many older adults, their priority is to live as independent a life as they can in their own homes. If your loved ones prefer this lifestyle, but are beginning to need a little help around the house, there is one invaluable gift you could give them.

The services of in-home care.

How In-Home Care Can Help Support Independence

Many older adults can still live an independent life but just need a helping hand. Rather than moving into a senior living community, bringing in services could help them remain at home longer and more securely. 

Unlike home healthcare providers, which provide medical services prescribed by a doctor, in-home care models provide non-medical assistance that can range from companionship to personal care to housekeeping. For many caring for aging loved ones, these services allow them to return to their roles as beloved family members rather than “caregivers,” allowing them to spend precious time with their loved ones instead of on chores and other life necessities.

The Benefits of In-Home Care

When partnered with the right agency, your family will discover there are many additional advantages to in-home care than you may have first realized. Look for the following when considering in-home care providers:

  1. Available when and where it’s needed

Whether for a few hours, overnight, or 24 hours a day, services can be provided wherever your parents call home:

  • Private residence
  • Independent or assisted living community
  • Memory care, rehabilitation center, or skilled nursing community
  • Hospital
  1. Personalized care plan

After an initial assessment, a good care provider will prepare a custom plan that is tailored to your parent’s needs and preferences. This type of personalized assistance recognizes there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to care, and is much more likely to meet their specific requirements. 

  1. Companionship

Having a trusted companion can help your parents remain engaged and avoid loneliness or isolation, which can be harmful to their health and well-being. Having someone available to play games, take a walk or just enjoy a good conversation with can make all the difference.

  1. Homemaking

Having help around the house is a big relief to most older adults. Your parents can benefit from a wide variety of services which may include help with shopping and preparing meals, light housekeeping, pet care and laundry.

  1. Wellness partners

Look for providers that offer services to support your parents in aging and living well. Care professionals can prepare healthy meals and assist with exercise programs and physical therapy. They can also encourage or join in playing games and activities that provide a cognitive boost.

  1. Personal care

Older adults may need a helping hand with a few basic daily tasks, but they can often still remain at home with assistance. Personal care services typically include help with bathing, dressing, grooming, and mobility challenges like transfers and walking.

  1. Specialized care

Are your parents living with Alzheimer’s disease or need specialized care for certain age-related conditions? Look for organizations that provide this type of dedicated training for their team members so that your loved ones will benefit from the highest level of care.

  1. Errands and transportation

Many adult children find themselves juggling the responsibilities of work and children and could use a hand helping their parents with errands and other tasks. In-home services can provide transportation and assistance with shopping, accompanying parents to doctor appointments, entertainment events, and much more.

  1. Respite care

If one parent is caring for the other, it’s vital that the caregiver get a break to attend to other responsibilities or to recharge. In-home care can provide this needed time whether for a few hours or days, and you’ll know your loved one is in good hands.

  1. Care you can trust

Your priority is to find care provided by well-trained, compassionate professionals that you can trust and are a great fit for your parents. Look for agencies that are bonded and insured, and require extensive background checks and training for their employees.

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:

  • Homemaking services
  • Warm companionship
  • Meal preparation
  • Transportation for errands and appointments
  • 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:

  1. We perform rigorous background checks, and require a pre-hire physical, drug screening and TB test of all our care professionals. We also have implemented stringent infection and COVID-19 protocols in alignment with the recommendations provided by the CDC and local health agencies for the safety of both our clients and care team.
  2. We don’t rotate caregivers, but spend significant time and effort to select the right one to meet a client’s specific needs and provide continuity in care.
  3. 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.
  4. We have representatives available by phone 24/7 if there is ever an emergency.
  5. We provide rate and fee information before any services begin, including minimum hourly requirements and billing cycles.
  6. 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.

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