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 Roanoke, Virginia and Surrounding Areas
Roanoke is situated in the Roanoke Valley, west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city is known as the "Star City of the South" and features the prominent Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain. The Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway and a wine making region are nearby. The Roanoke River runs through the town. The city is a major center for health care and retail businesses for the region.
History or Roanoke
The town was founded in 1852 and was known as Big Lick. The name was selected due to the huge outcropping of salt in the area. Big Lick was chosen as a railroad junction which significantly increased the population and stimulated the economy. In 1884 the town was established as Roanoke. During the Colonial era the city was a prominent location for trails and roads. The Great Wagon Road was one of the busiest roads during the 18th Century and ran through Roanoke.
The Norfolk and Western Railway company produced steam locomotives in Roanoke and employed thousands of workers. The locomotives were manufactured in the city until 1953. Manufacturing companies moved to the city primarily due to the railroad. Regarding land, the city significantly expanded during the middle portion of the 20th Century due to annexation. Roanoke was once a prominent area for the garment industry.
The city is served by the Roanoke Regional Airport. The Valley Metro provides bus transportation.
- The Center in the Square contains the History Museum of Western Virginia, the Science Museum of Western Virginia as well as the Hopkins Planetarium.
- Virginia Museum of Transportation features locomotives which were constructed in the city.
- Grandin Village.
- Mill Mountain Star.
- Texas Tavern.
- Roanoke's Historical Fire Station #1.
- St. Andrews Parish, State and National Landmark.
- Roanoke Historic Farmers Market.
- Hotel Roanoke is a historic building.
- The Jefferson Center is a historic performance center.
- Mabry Mill.
Activities and Entertainment
The surrounding area offers excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, camping and hiking. Some of the popular locations for activities and entertainment include:
- Appalachian Trail
- Virginia's Explore Park
- Smith Mountain Lake
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Mill Mountain Zoo
- Roanoke Civic Center
- George Washington & Jefferson National Forest
- Commonwealth Games of Virginia
- Mill Mountain Theater