Even if you are a very independent person, there may come a time when you need 24-hour home care, either temporarily or indefinitely.
Or perhaps your loved one is already there, needing 24-hour home care help with everything from climbing out of bed to getting dressed, and everything from assistance with meals to help with bathing.
Whether the care is for you, or you are looking into 24-hour care for the elderly in their own home, today’s blog should offer valuable information that can serve you now or in the future.
What Type Of Help Is Available Via 24-Hour Care Services?
The day-to-day living tasks we all take for granted until we lose a measure of mobility or need extra assistance are what a caregiver can help you or your loved one with. The types of tasks that a professional caregiver can assist with include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Bathing, showering, and personal grooming
- Getting dressed into daytime clothes or pajamas
- Transferring from one location to another, such as out of bed or into a chair
- Mobility assistance, such as help with using a cane, walker, or wheelchair
- Toileting assistance and incontinence care
- Prescribed exercises to help with range of motion, flexibility, and strength
- Taking vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rates
- Handling light housekeeping tasks
- Preparing meals, assisting with eating, and adhering to special diets
- Offering medication reminders and helping with self-administration of medicines
The caregiver is there to help you with the things you’re finding difficult doing on your own. Services can be tailored to your specific needs, since you may not need assistance with every task.
The Differences Between Live-In Care And 24-Hour Care
For a number of people, it’s unclear what the differences are between live-in care and 24-hour care. While they are similar, important differences exist.
Live-in care services refer to those provided by a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or a home health aide (HHA) living in your home. They are there to assist with daily needs, and they have a separate room available where they sleep and store their belongings. The live-in caregiver needs to have at least 8 consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep, which means that the person being cared for needs to be able to sleep through the night without requiring help.
With 24-hour care, also referred to as around-the-clock care, CNAs and/or HHAs are available for 8- to 12-hour shifts, with two or three different caregivers working in a 24-hour period to ensure around-the-clock care. In this way, a team of dedicated caregivers provides services for full 24-hour coverage every day, all week long.
Some individuals who need 24-hour care can eventually move away from around-the-clock coverage to either live-in care or even just a few hours of personal care assistance each day.
If You’d Like To Learn More
If you are in the greater Naples, FL region and you would like to learn more about 24-hour care and whether it’s right for you or a loved one, give Collier Home Care a call. We will be happy to discuss your case with you and help you determine what the appropriate level of care may be. Give us a call today!