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Families often face decisions concerning issues of senior health and the best ways to assure a healthy lifestyle for aging loved ones at an affordable price. Assisted Living Facilities are an option, but not always the most economical one.

For seniors who do not require 24-hour nursing care, exploring home health care is worth the time and research to make a final decision. Because each senior’s needs are unique, a custom-designed plan can offer each senior the best option for their advancing years.

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What is Companion Care?

For the spouse or an adult child of an aging senior, facing the changes associated with their aging can be difficult. If you are beginning research in home care for seniors, you may come across the term “companion care” and have questions about what that includes.

At Help at Home, our home care services provide a wide range of interactions with our elderly clients. Typically, companion care refers to non-medical care that is related to homemaking services or social engagements instead of hands-on care related to medications or the activities of daily living.

Depending on the client’s need, companion care services might include light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping, limited personal grooming (things like brushing hair or polishing fingernails, but not to include help with toileting or showering); companionship through cards or games, reminiscing, or watching TV; or accompanying them to doctor’s appointments or events.

Companionship care may be provided occasionally or as needed, such as giving relief to a family member who is the primary caregiver, or on a consistent schedule, such as sitting with a patient in a long term care facility or hospital.

There are no set packages or levels in companion care services. Together with the client and his or her family, we set up a plan for the care that is needed. That’s why our at-home assessment is important, so that we understand the care needed and also the senior’s personality so that we best match a caregiver.

If you have questions about companion care services, or would like to schedule a no-cost at-home consultation for home care services, please contact Help at Home at 941-388-3117. We serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties, serving Florida seniors and their families.

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In the last few years, the term “aging in place” has grown in use. By definition, aging in place refers to the ability of the aging adult to continue to live in his or her home instead of a health care facility, using products and services to allow that for as long as possible.

Aging in place may mean some accommodations are necessary, such as adding products designed for accessibility like a wheel chair ramp or a walk-in shower instead of a bathtub. Likewise, it may mean adding services to provide additional care as it is needed.

Senior care at home is a common service to allow older adults to maintain their home and their independence. Levels of care may change as needed; for example, the senior client may first choose companionship care in order to remain mentally alert and engaged, then as physical changes happen over time, he or she may need support with meal preparation in order to have proper nutrition, assistance with activities of daily living such as toileting, showering, or eating, or medication management.

Home care may also provide light housekeeping, transportation to appointments, or respite care when family member caregivers are unavailable. Home health care is customizable to the senior’s need, and offers a much more affordable solution than an assisted living facility or long-term care center.

More importantly, it provides great comfort to the senior to be able to age in place in their own home, and to family members who have a trusted provider to help care for the parent.

If you have questions about home care to allow aging in place, or would like to schedule a no-cost at-home consultation for home care services, please contact Help at Home at 941-388-3117. We serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties, making it easier and safer for Florida seniors to age in place in their homes.

Sarasota

7100 S. Beneva Road
Sarasota, Florida 34238
(941) 388-3117

Bradenton

8205 Natures Way
Suite 205
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 795-7000

Naples

2790 Northbrooke Plaza Dr.
Suite 102
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 494-1039

Fort Myers

14421 Metropolis Ave.
Suite 104
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 791-8728
Sarasota/Charlotte Co. Lic. #299993609
Manatee County License #299993726
Lee/Collier County License #299994308