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    Home Care

    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:

    1. COMPANION CARE AGENCIES can offer :
      1. Companion Care
      2. Personal Shopping
      3. Light Housekeeping
      4. Meal Perparation
      5. Transportation
      6. Errand Running, etc.
    2. LICENSED HOME CARE AGENCIES can offer:
      1. Incontinence Care
      2. Mobility Assistance
      3. Dressing & Grooming
      4. Transferring & Positioning
      5. Oral Hygiene
      6. Feeding
    3. HOME MEDICAL CARE AGENCIES can offer:
      1. All Personal Care Services
      2. In-Home CNA's
      3. Physical Therapy
      4. Occupational Therapy
      5. Administration of Medication
      6. Other Medical Care Approved by your Doctor

    What to ask when interviewing a Home Care Agency

    1. What type of Home Care do you offer?
    2. Are you licensed by the state DHHS?
    3. Does your agency have Professional Liability Insurance?
    4. How is your staff trained?
    5. Are your aides bonded?
      1. Yes
      2. No
    6. Do you carry Workmen's Compensation Insurance?
    7. What is your agency's minimum care level requirement?
    8. How are your care givers screened?

    Introduction to Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and Surrounding Areas

    "The Big Valley"
    The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. It's been nicknamed "The Big Valley" and immortalized in song, dance, film and television.

    The history and heritage of the region includes many sites devoted to the pioneers who traveled westward, settled and farmed - those like the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton and Cyrus McCormick's Farm in Raphine. He invented the first reaper!

    During the Civil War this region was nicknamed "The Breadbasket of the Confederacy." In Lexington, visit Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University - where Gen. Robert E. Lee served as president after the war and where the Lee Chapel & Museum is located. See battlefields - New Market Battlefield State Park and Fisher's Hill Battlefield.

    Another historical site of the region is the Birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson.
    Outdoor Wonderland

    The Shenandoah Valley features picture-perfect postcard farms and inns along country roads and the popular Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the natural wonders of this world is the Natural Bridge. Be sure to visit the region's many caverns, which include Luray, with the only stalacpipe organ, and Shenandoah, with an elevator to take you underground!

    If you're interested in the great outdoors, you'll love the hiking trails, paddle sports and horseback riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains, too!

    Two popular resorts are in the Shenandoah Valley: Bryce and Massanutten, which offer year-around activities. And don't forget the beautiful Shenandoah National Park with its portion of the Appalachian Trail and two resorts, too!

    You'll be singing "Oh, Shenandoah!" when you arrive and experience this magnificent "Big Valley" for yourself.

    ref: Virginia.org