Caring for an elderly parent on your own, as a non-professional caregiver, can be too overwhelming over the long-term. If your burden of responsibilities is taking a toll on your life, you may want to consider a private duty, non-medical home care agency, one that offers practical, compassionate support.
Non-medical home care, also known as private duty home care, provides individuals with assistance around the home from a caregiver without formal medical training. A non-medical caregiver can help with bathing, dressing, eating, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, and more.
When looking for an agency, make sure you do not confuse non-medical home care with home health care. There is a difference. Home care is non-medical in nature, while home health care is performed by licensed medical professionals
Non-Medical Home Care Services
At LivHOME, our non-medical home care services focus on the activities of daily living, while also addressing emotional and social needs, such as well-being and quality of life. Our private duty care services can help:
- Improve safety at home
- Maximize senior independence
- Honor dignity and respect
- Promote joyful companionship
- Support health and wellness
Activities of Daily Living
Our home care services primarily focus on personal care tasks that involve activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs include these six self-care activities, which are required to lead a healthy, independent life:
- Bathing and hygiene
- Transferring and mobility
- Toileting and continence
By helping with the ADLs, your elderly loved one enjoy a better quality of life and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
LivHOME’s non-medical at-home care can also assist your elderly loved one with companionship, otherwise considered the instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), which include:
- Shopping and meal prep
- Housework and home maintenance
- Managing medications
- Managing personal finances
Although they’re not as essential to survival as ADLs, the IADLs are vital for older adults who want to continue living independently.
Management of Non-Medical Home Care
As non-medical home care varies in quality, LivHOME encourages that your private duty caregiver is managed and overseen by a geriatric care manager. As a first step, the care manager will assess your loved one’s needs, personal preferences, and risk factors. This assessment will look at the whole person and the whole family, and it will serve as the basis for a comprehensive, individualized care plan.
Once a care plan has been created, your care manager will evaluate and initiate all needed senior care services. It’s important to note that every LivHOME caregiver is supervised by a professional care manager, who monitors the implementation of the care plan and communicates regularly with family members about their loved one’s progress. And LivHOME is selective when hiring. Because our hiring requirements are so strict, we employ only 10% of the caregivers who apply!