Social contact has been proven to enhance the health, happiness and quality of life for seniors and is an important part of elder care. Care providers are available to engage patients in conversation and keep them company. Simply sharing a meal together can be an enjoyable, comforting experience.
For a variety of reasons many seniors do not eat well-balanced meals. Care providers prepare meals to help seniors get the proper nutrition to enjoy a healthier life. For patients who still love to cook caregivers assist them as needed.
Doing Dishes & Light Housekeeping
In addition to doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen care providers perform other light housekeeping tasks like dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping floors, taking out the trash, cleaning bathrooms, straightening rooms and bedrooms including organizing closets and drawers.
Care providers can do laundry including washing, drying, ironing, folding and putting clothes in drawers. Laundry can be done at the patient’s home or at a Laundromat.
Although care providers can shop while the patient remains at home, they encourage patients to help with shopping as it’s an excellent way to stay active and engaged. Care providers shop at stores the patient chooses using any coupons provided.
Getting seniors out of the house is good therapy for the mind, body and spirit and is a small but important part of senior care. Care providers will take patients wherever they want including beauty salons, barbershops, the post office, drugstores and to medical appointments.
In general, care providers are in a unique position to observe their patients and report their status, along with any problems, to family members and their physician. This not only helps the patient but provides peace of mind for concerned family members.
Certified nursing assistants and home health aides can remind seniors when to take their prescribed medications. They may also help open their medication container and read the labels; however, they are not a licensed professional to administer medications.
Respite for Family Caregivers
Although caregiving can be a rewarding experience it is also quite demanding. A break every so often can be beneficial for the family caregiver and the patient. Whitsyms can refer care providers for just a few hours each week providing some relief for the family caregiver.
24 Hour Home Care
Our state of the art “Care Provider” scheduling system ensures that patients receive the full time home care they need. Home companion services can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient. This 24 hour care is ideal for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia related conditions who may be at risk when left alone.