January 02, 2020
As we adjust from the post-holiday blues, it’s time to think about our elderly loved ones and the best in home senior care. It’s important to remember that as we get older, so does our elderly loved ones. You are busy; your day consists of working full-time, taking care of your kids and worrying about your elderly loved one. Are you wondering how you can alleviate some of the worry for your elderly loved one? Look into the best in home senior care!
Different types of caregivers
If your elderly loved one is struggling with daily tasks, paying bills or mobility you should consider hiring a caregiver. There are different types of caregivers and it’s important to know which one is perfect for your elderly loved one.
Personal care aides, like Akkase’s caregivers, are not licensed but have experience and training. They mainly assist with daily tasks such as bathroom needs, dressing, companionship or cooking meals. They can also give them rides to places or pick up their medicine from the store.
Licensed nursing assistants and certified nursing assistants assist with medical needs such as taking vital signs, clean catheters, monitor infections and clean dressings. They also help with setting up medical equipment and helping the patient with exercises. In addition to their medical work, they assist with personal care.
Registered nurses have their degree in nursing and can give your elderly loved one medicine as well as advise them and your family with any medical concerns.
What to know when deciding on the perfect caregiver
First, you want to make sure you understand what you need from a caregiver. Do they need help with daily tasks? Mobility? Remembering to take daily medicine? Whatever it is, remember to look for a company that offers your specific needs.
Second, you need to know that there is financial responsibility. If your insurance covers it, that's great news for you! But if not, find a company that is in your price range and offers quality care.
Third, make sure you and your elderly loved one are always on the same page. Keep them in the loop and ask what they want.
Fourth, do your job, read reviews and ask around to make sure you are getting the best in home senior health care. You have to decide between working with an agency or private care. It’s all about doing what’s best for your loved one and remember to follow your gut!
Fifth, you want to make a list of what you want out of a caregiver. Include your loved one and make this list together! You want to note their language preference, age, gender and medical history.
Putting off in home senior care is not something you want to do! If you notice a personality change, difficulty in common tasks, lack of memory or accidents it’s time to get them the help they deserve!
Set up a free consultation with Akkase Home Health Care in Omaha and Lincoln to learn about all we have to offer! We provide assistance for the elderly living home alone, and we strive to improve quality of life, physical and mental well-being. Contact us today!