This is a service that is provided by people and agencies to care for the dying, disabled, and elderly. The care given can also be done by a friend or family member instead of professional homecare personnel. When a person receives personal homecare it allows them to remain in their home instead of moving to a long-term care facility.
The professional homecare personnel will come to the person’s home at least several times a week. While there the homecare aide or caregiver will do a variety of jobs that can include, but not limited to:
- Helping the person take a shower or bath by helping them in and out of the tub or shower safely, helping them shampoo their hair, etc.
- Helping them to use the bathroom
- Helping them to get dressed in the morning and ready for bed at night
- Helping them clean themselves up if they have a toileting accident
- Helping them eat by feeding them, cutting up their food, holding their glass will they take a drink, etc.
- Reminding them when it is time to take their medication and setting up their medications in weekly containers with the days of the weeks on them.
- Helping them to prepare meals and snacks
- Helping them get around their home
- Checking their vital signs
- Making sure that they are free from any health problems that could require getting medical attention
If the homecare aide stays for the day and the person is resting or taking a nap this is the time that they will do other things for the person such as:
- Doing the dishes and putting them away
- Sweeping the floor and running the vacuum
- Making their bed
- Other light housework
- Going to the grocery or the pharmacy to pick up medications
If the person needs care around the clock they will usually hire a live-in homecare aide or caregiver or have shift worker who work eight-hour shifts, including weekends. Shift homecare staff will normally get two days a week off so there will be a homecare aide or caregiver floater to fill in for the one who is off that particular day or night. If the homecare aide or caregiver lives in the person’s home they are normally paid more and some even have room and board included in their salary. For them to have time off a family member or friend will sit with the person for a few hours to give the live in home care aide or caretaker time off.
When an elderly, disabled, or dying person can no longer perform certain jobs or cannot be home alone any longer this is when they hire a personal home care aide or caretaker.