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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 Wilmington, North Carolina and Surrounding Areas

Wilmington is located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in Hanover County. The city contains a large seaport and is home to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. It features a prominent historic district and is close to superb beaches. The city was the childhood residence of basketball star Michael Jordan.

History

The area was established during the 1720's by English settlers. In 1739 the city was incorporated. Lumber produced from the nearby forest as well as naval stores were major factors for the economy during the 18th and 19th Centuries. During the Civil War, the local port was a primary base for Confederate blockade runners. The city was named in tribute to Spencer Compton who was the Earl of Wilmington and held the position of Primer Minister during the reign of George II.

Wilmington was the scene of the notorious "Massacre of 1898," a violent assault by a group of Caucasians which began with the destruction of a printing press of the African-American newspaper called the Daily Record. They proceeded to set the building on fire. The mob then entered an African-American neighborhood and lynched numerous residents and forced hundreds of African-Americans to leave town. The primary factor for the attack was an editorial in the Daily Record which was interpreted by some of the white citizens as being insulting to white womanhood. After the violent attack, the mayor along with the city council was pushed out of office and the leader of the white gang became the mayor.

Transportation

The city is home to the Wilmington International Airport.

Attractions

  • USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.
  • Cape Fear Museum.
  • Bellamy Mansion features antebellum architecture.
  • Airlie Gardens incudes lakes and the Historic Airlie Oak.
  • Burgwin-Wright House.
  • The Cape Fear Serpentarium features a vast number of snakes from all over the world.
  • Latimer House Museum.
  • Wilmington Railroad Museum.
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
  • Sunset Park Historic District.

Activities

  • Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Cultural Arts Building at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington contains a music recital hall, two theaters as well as an art gallery.
  • The EUE Screen Gems Studio offers tours to the public.
  • Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.
  • Wilmington Exchange Festival.
  • North Carolina Jazz Festival is host to world famous jazz musicians.
  • Wrightsville Beach.
  • Carolina Beach.
  • Kure Beach.
  • Marrz Theatre.
  • Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington.

Wilmington Public Libraries

New Hanover County Public Library
201 CHESTNUT STREET
Wilmington, North Carolina
(910) 772-7859
Library Web Site

Wilmington Hospitals

NEW HANOVER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
2131 S 17TH ST BOX 9000
(910) 343-7000
Emergency Service: Yes