If you are considering hiring home care for your aging loved one, you might be wondering what exactly a home care aide can offer you. If you have been researching on the internet, you will have undoubtedly seen that there are many types of “aides” out there that range from home health care aides, who can help with administering medications and physical therapy, to physical therapists, to registered nurses, all of whom can help the elderly in the home.
To give you a better idea of what a home care aide can do, though, it is important to start by explaining what a home care aide is. A home care aide is not a nurse or a doctor, and they are not medically certified. Instead, they are more like an “assistant” that can help your loved one with many of their daily tasks, such as:
- Getting dressed
- Getting in and out of bed
- Getting in and out of the bathtub or shower
- Using the bathroom
- Brushing hair or teeth
- Getting to and from doctor’s appointments
- Doing laundry
- Washing dishes
- Other household tasks
Now that you know what a home care aide is, it is also important to know what a home care aide is not. A home care aide is not a registered nurse, and they are not certified to carry out any medical treatment on their own. They are, however, able to remind your loved one to take their medications, and to bring them the pill bottles, etc. if necessary.
Here is a list of things that a home care aide cannot do:
- Administer injections
- Clean and bandage wounds
- Physical therapy
- Administer pills or other medication
- Give medical advice
In short, a home care aide is there to help your aging loved one to do the everyday things that they might be having trouble with due to age to limited mobility. They are not there in a medical capacity, but this does not mean that they cannot be a fantastic resource.
Home care aides are trained to be as helpful as possible, and their presence in the home can be a great way to reduce stress for both you, the family caregiver, and your aging loved one – not to mention everyone else in the home. Taking care of an aging loved one on your own can lead to very high tension amongst the family, so having someone else there to help out can go a long way toward easing that tension. You will have more time for work or other activities, and you will feel less frazzled and more able to spend quality time with your loved one and the rest of the family. Your loved one, on the other hand, won’t feel embarrassed about having their child or grandchild take care of them, and they might even feel more independent if the home care aide is able to help them do the simple things so that they can get back to doing the things they want to do with their life.
Take all of these things into consideration when you are looking into home care, and it will help you to make the best decision for everyone involved.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Willingboro, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.