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You may have heard the terms “home care” and “home health care” and thought they were interchangeable. But that one little word can make a very big difference in your care! Before you call the wrong kind of agency and engage more or less care than you need (not to mention pay for it), here are the key differences between the two found here in the Dayton area. The Basics With home health care, you’ll get skilled medical care, such as wound care, medical tests, administering of medication, and therapy. Non-skilled home care, on the other hand, includes services like meal preparation and assistance with grooming, not to mention companionship. Many agencies offer both home care and home health care—take Graceworks at Home, for example—or home care services only like Assistant Care Services. Click here to start browsing for Home Care in the Dayton area The Uses Home care is appropriate when you need assistance with the routine tasks you encounter on a daily basis (you’ll see these tasks referred to as ADLs or Activities of Daily Living). Here’s how Home Instead Senior Care (with offices in Springfield and Dayton) describes its services: “In-home care provides practical support with a human touch. Our compassionate caregivers assist elder clients with common activities of daily living like showering, cooking and much more.” Often the home care facility will also drive you where you need to go or even run your errands for you! If you’ve just been released from the hospital or have an illness or disease, chances are you’ll need the services of a home health care agency, which has a variety of medical professionals […]
Have you ever met someone who just rubbed you the wrong way? Or met someone you instantly liked? That’s chemistry—relationship chemistry. Now, imaging not having the choice to decide which of those persons you’d like to be partnered with. That’s why the care receiver/caregiver matching process is important. Being partnered with the right caregiver can dramatically increase a client’s quality of life, and vice versa. In-depth information gathering and interviewing of employees should be part of an agency’s hiring plan. With comprehensive information, the agency should be able to successfully match clients with caregivers. From the client’s point of view, this is the beginning of a relationship and should be approached with that mindset. The client, in a manner of speaking, should have the opportunity to be satisfied that she or he and the caregiver are compatible. A thorough agency won’t just send the first available caregiver out to a client. An agency that does it right will make sure that the client and caregiver are a good fit. Caregiving is very personal. Caregivers often help clients with intimate tasks in their homes and in their lives. Client and caregiver are together, often alone, for many hours on end. Getting a good fit includes ensuring that the two share a connection and are comfortable with each other. This cannot be overstressed. Well-matched clients are happier and more satisfied: they thrive. Good chemistry between the client and caregiver is an often-overlooked piece in this puzzle, but it shouldn’t be. Clients should have the right to request or refuse specific caregivers. Ideally, an agency will ensure that there are multiple caregivers, including back-up caregivers, who are acceptable […]