So you've decided that home care is the right choice. This is a great site to learn more about what Home Care is and how it can help you age in place.
There's no place like home, right? Hey, moving into a retirement community isn't for everyone, and we totally understand why you'd want to bring the care right to your doorstep. So take the time to look into these options and figure out how to spend the best years of your life in the comfort of your own home!
Home Care is a bit of an umbrella term used to describe 4 different types of care that can be provided at home to make aging easier. We'll walk you through what you need to know for each of them.
4 different types of care that can be provided at home
Companion Care is just what it sounds like. These professionals can be there for you, whether you need them to run a couple errands or just watch the game with you.
Non Medical Home Care is a little different. This level of care just helps you with day-to-day activities that may have recently become burdensome, such as bathing, incontinence care, mobility assistance, dressing & grooming, transferring & positioning, oral hygiene, feeding and more.
Medical Home Health allows you to receive the care you would find at a facility, but right in the comfort of your own home! Depending on your needs, Medical Home Health Care could consist of nursing care, physical therapy, medication help and more.
Hospice is there if you or a loved one has a terminal illness. These agencies can be sure that every day is as comfortable and peaceful as possible.
So take a look around! No matter which choice you decide is the one for you, we've got it here!
Other types of home care you'll find can also be:
- Dementia Program
- 24/7 Care Availability
- Cleaning / Housekeeping
- Cooking / Meal Preparation
- Transportation Available
- Medication Reminders
- Therapy Services
Home Care Explained
HOME CARE AGENCIES allow seniors to receive personal care and maintain independence while remaining in their own home. These services can be a viable alternative to outside the home treatment including rehabilitation care, respite care, & skilled nursing. There are three types of Home Care Agencies: Companion Care, Licensed Home Care, & Licensed Medical Care.
What Agencies Can Offer You:
- COMPANION CARE AGENCIES can offer :
- Companion Care
- Personal Shopping
- Light Housekeeping
- Meal Perparation
- Errand Running, etc.
- LICENSED HOME CARE AGENCIES can offer:
- Incontinence Care
- Mobility Assistance
- Dressing & Grooming
- Transferring & Positioning
- Oral Hygiene
- HOME MEDICAL CARE AGENCIES can offer:
- All Personal Care Services
- In-Home CNA's
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Administration of Medication
- Other Medical Care Approved by your Doctor
What to ask when interviewing a Home Care Agency
- What type of Home Care do you offer?
- Are you licensed by the state DHHS?
- Does your agency have Professional Liability Insurance?
- How is your staff trained?
- Are your aides bonded?
- Do you carry Workmen's Compensation Insurance?
- What is your agency's minimum care level requirement?
- How are your care givers screened?
Introduction to Charlottesville, Virginia and Surrounding Areas
The central Virginia city of Charlottesville is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, approximately 70 miles northwest of Richmond and 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Established as a town in 1762 and incorporated as an independent city in 1888, Charlottesville is autonomous and not subservient to any county or other political subdivision. Major highways through Charlottesville are U.S. Route 250, U.S. Route 29, and Interstate 64.
Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, which was founded in 1819 by native son Thomas Jefferson. Consistently listed among the top ten public universities nationwide, the university is a strong factor in the city's community life and serves as the area's focal point for cultural and sporting events. Steeped in historic value, the Charlottesville area lays claim to having raised three ex-Presidents (Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, and James Madison), whose former homes are now historic sites and architectural wonders which attract thousands of visitors every year.
Owing largely to the presence of the university, the technology industry is a continuously growing staple of the local economy. More traditional industries like agriculture are also prominent in the region, which embodies nearly 200,000 acres of orchards, vineyards, and cattle farms. The region's fastest growing industry is the grape business. Local wines and vineyards are nationally recognized and the area is highly ranked among the country's wine producers. Another significant local industry is horse farming, as evidenced by the more than 13,000 horses stabled in the city and surrounding county.
Things to do and see in Charlottesville
Nearly two million travelers per year visit the Charlottesville area to see the area's historic sites and take in the spectacular scenery of Central Virginia. Perched on a nearby mountain overlooking the city is Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, which offers tours and hosts special events and ceremonies. Only a mile down the road from Monticello is Ash Lawn-Highland, former home of James Monroe. Here visitors can explore beautiful gardens and enjoy the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, which offers six to eight weeks of full-length opera and musical theatre productions. About 45 minutes north of Charlottesville is Montpelier, the former home of James and Dolly Madison. This is a 2,750-acre estate that includes racecourses, a National Landmark Forest, active archaeological sites, and more than 130 buildings.
Charlottesville and surrounding Albemarle County are a paradise for nature lovers. Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway offer breathtaking views of valleys and mountains to tourists who don't even need to leave their cars. Hikers can enjoy the many short and long trails which wind through the woods off these roads. Charlottesville is also home to a large number of parks with playgrounds, picnic areas, public tennis courts, and swimming pools. Other popular area activities are hot air balloon rides, golf at world-class resorts, and tours of one of the many local vineyards in the area, a few of which are listed here:
- Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery
- DelFosse Vineyards and Winery
- Jefferson Vineyards
- Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard
Charlottesville has an active art, music and theater scene. The Downtown Mall, one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the country, is the location of the Virginia Discovery Museum. A 3,500 seat Charlottesville Pavilion Amphitheater attracts big name acts to the area. The newly renovated Paramount Theater hosts Broadway shows and concerts by nationally-known entertainers. The city also hosts an annual Virginia Festival of the Book, and is home to many prominent writers including John Grisham and Rita Mae Brown, as well as former home to Edgar Alan Poe and William Faulkner.
Charlottesville has no professional sports teams, but local sports fans are captivated by the University of Virginia Cavaliers, who have a wide fan base across the region. Cavalier football games are played in Scott Stadium, which is also used as a venue for large concerts by such artists as the Rolling Stones and the Dave Matthews Band. The John Paul Jones Arena, which opened in 2006, is where the University of Virginia basketball teams play their games. This new stadium is one of the largest in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Not surprisingly, The University of Virginia has an active athletic rivalry with Virginia Tech. An even older rivalry (often referred to as "The South's Oldest Rivalry") exists between the Cavaliers and the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels.
Horseracing fans can enjoy the exciting world of steeplechase racing, held every fall and spring at The Foxfield Races.
Charlottesville Public Libraries
Jefferson-madison Regional Library
201 EAST MARKET STREET
Library Web Site