Caring for seniors and our elders requires long-term care planning. But many family members become caregivers overnight without being ready for it. A loved one falls down or an illness triggers a change in responsibility. After a certain period of time, family caregivers may realize they need help and begin searching for other solutions for senior care, which may include home care. Senior care options like adult day centers, retirement facilities, and nursing homes may not always be right and can be expensive. Home health care usually means a combination of non-medical and skilled medical or in-home nursing care services that enable seniors and others to live independently in their homes as long as possible. BrightStar Care can provide this valuable ongoing home care support.
Benefits of Senior Home Care
- Home is always associated with comfort, security and positive feeling. For seniors and for all of us, when we are not feeling well, we all want to be at home.
- Home care for the elderly keeps families together while providing support.
- Senior home care can often be customized and personalized to a greater degree to suit both the needs of the senior and family.
- Home is where there is maximum freedom, security and comfort for the individual. Many times hospitals and nursing homes are more regulated. Home care offers much more flexibility.
- Provides seniors much needed dignity and independence. Seniors can continue to function independently with some assistance.
- Home care may be more cost efficient compared to other forms of health care. The patient does not have to pay for board/room expenses, food, etc.
- Moreover with advancement in technology many medical services for seniors that are available in the hospital can be provided at home.
Non-Medical Senior Care
Non-medical senior Home Care primarily focuses on helping our elders/seniors continue the life and routing they are used to, with pockets of help in certain areas. Caregivers can also expand the scope of this responsibility to medical home care if need be. BrightStar Care can also provide licensed medical professionals with experience in a wide range of medical services. Now caregivers can spend quality time with seniors, versus helping them with their daily tasks.
Non-medical home care services can generally be categorized as below.
Personal senior care services:
- Bath visits
- Dressing and grooming
- Expertise with memory loss, confusion, forgetfulness
- Personal safety home evaluation
- Outpatient pre and post-op assistance
- Oral and personal hygiene
- Reporting conditions and changes to supervisory RN and/or Physician
Companion care services for the elderly:
- Adult and elderly home companion visits
- Assist with writing letters and correspondence
- Help to connect with loved ones through e-mail and social media
- Expectant and new mother support
- Engage in stimulating activities such as art projects and reading
- Schedule assistance
- Respite and family relief
- Sitter services
Home care support services:
- Light housekeeping
- Create customized grocery lists in accordance with dietary needs and preferences
- Meal preparation and cooking
- Home organization
- Feed and care for pets
Outside support services:
- Facilitate visits with friends and neighbors
- Plan visits, outings and trips
- Schedule assistance
- Senior transportation services
- Transportation to and from doctor appointments, social events, etc.
- Travel companionship
- Shopping and errands
Medical Home Care for Seniors
Senior home health care generally means to provide a wide range of health related services in the homes of seniors which may include: skilled nursing care, physical therapy, primary health care, occupational therapy, speech therapy, home health aides, etc.
BrightStar Care offers a full range of care, from general peer-level companionship to highly skilled nursing care. RNs (Registered Nurses) LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses), who are qualified to administer medications and perform advanced medical procedures provide around-the-clock geriatric care for the elderly in the home along with wound care, hospice assistance, palliative care and more. Many senior home care providers are equipped to provide such services. Senior care services for home health include:
Seniors coping with a medical condition like any of the ones listed below may even need skilled care, which can also be provided at home.
- Heart conditions
- Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
- Breathing problems
- Frequent falls
- Parkinson’s disease
Neurological Disorder Care
Depending on the nature and the scope of the disease, individuals with neurological disorders can have a wide variety of healthcare and life-care needs. Those living with advanced-stage illness may require around-the-clock palliative care and highly specialized support, while others may need only basic assistance or personal care on a part-time basis. We specialize in the care of individuals living with neurological disorders — including Alzheimer’s care, Dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and more — and we can help you overcome the challenges, both physical and emotional, you face in meeting their needs.
Home Health Care Services for the Disabled
Individuals living with physical disabilities or special needs have unique care requirements. In many cases, mobility is limited and skilled care is required.
BrightStar provides comprehensive therapy programs, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and active and passive Range of Motion exercises to improve mobility and develop capabilities. All therapeutic programs are administered by certified professional therapists. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, or occupations. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills and providing support for seniors experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Mobility issues can lead to pressure sores, debecutis ulcers and, in severe cases, the need for wound care. BrightStar caregivers are trained to provide pressure relief every 15 minutes for wheelchair-bound patients, and to turn bed-bound patients every two hours to prevent complications caused by prolonged immobility. Our CNAs are also trained in the transfer of patients using Hoyer lifts and slide boards, and use the proper techniques to help patients avoid injuries and falls during transport.
Home Health/Personal Care Aides
Home health and personal care aides provide medical and non-medical home care for the disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They can also help older adults with daily living activities such as bathing and dressing, light housekeeping and more. They work under the direct supervision of home care nurses and care managers. Home health care nurses are generally Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who specialize in providing care to patients or elderly in their home. Home health care nurses can provide an array of services ranging from companion care to highly skilled services — like medication assistance, infusion therapy, and wound care — to a range of people from infants to seniors in the comfort of home.
Post-Op and Rehabilitative Care
When someone undergoes surgery, chemotherapy, or another treatment for chronic disease management, or they suffer a significant physical trauma such as an accident, it can take time for them to regain their ability to get around on their own and manage their daily activities once again.
Our Full Continuum of Skilled Care services:
- High tech nursing
- Assistance with medical machinery, including ventilators
- Central and peripheral intravenous drug therapy, such as chemotherapy
- Administration and maintenance of catheters
- PICC line dressing changes
- Total Parental Nutrition (TPN), G-tube or other feedings
- Epidural mediports
- Wound care
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
- Blood draws and injections
- Medication management
- Monitoring of health status
- Assessment and management of care
- Teaching of self- or family-care techniques
- Hospice assistance
- And more…
6 Reasons to Consider In-Home Elderly Care
1) Safety. If your loved one should fall, have a seizure or experience another health-related emergency, an agency worker can contact emergency services, tend to your loved one, or even provide life saving service before help arrives.
2) Personal Care. In-home care providers can take care of bathing, nail trimming, dressing, and toileting. In-home care providers are trained to provide professional service for demands ranging from simple to delicate tasks.
3) Medication Supervision. Workers will ensure your loved one is taking their medications on schedule, and can ensure they are refilled, stored properly, and can monitor for adverse effects.
4) Companionship. Having someone you trust to spend time with is vital for happiness, and with a capable and kind provider, your loved one will receive consistent companionship with loving care.
5) Meal Preparation. An in-home caregiver can ensure your loved one receives balanced, nutritious meals every day. Plus, they can keep your loved one company while they eat. They are also prepared to meet any dietary restrictions.
6) Errand Running. An in-home caregiver can run errands for your loved one, or even bring them along. Grocery shopping can be an enjoyable outing for many seniors if they have a companion.
How To Tell When a Senior May Need Home Care
Does your loved one need help with daily activities? How do they look? Is the home in good order? Are they eating well? You will know that it is time when your loved one needs help. That’s when you need to evaluate all options, and also keep senior home option on the table. Learn more about “senior home care” ecosystem, the various options, and how to evaluate, plan, and decide accordingly.
Discussing Home Care With Seniors
It’s difficult for you to accept the fact that your aging loved one may need external home care and support. The same applies to our loved seniors, it won’t always be easy for them either. If a senior absolutely needs home care and additional support, addressing the issue of getting help for them is unavoidable, but a positive outcome is not. Approaching a discussion about such a delicate issue with sensitivity and compassion is a necessity, so we’ve come up with a few talking points to guide you during this time. Download our guide for discussing home care with your loved ones.