January 23, 2019

As we age, it can become more difficult to do the things we once took for granted. For many older adults, a little bit of help with driving, housekeeping, and movement is all it takes to improve their health and wellbeing, elevate their quality of life, and empower them to remain fulfilled and independent. That’s where non-medical home care comes in.

What is Non-Medical Home Care?

Non-medical home care is a service designed to help ensure that seniors get the help and support they need in the comfort of their own homes.

Non-medical home care does not involve medical or nursing services, but it does help cover many of the other physical and lifestyle needs that older adults face. There are different levels of care available, depending on the needs of the older adult and their family.

Broadly speaking, non-medical home care providers – often called caregivers, or companions – can perform all sorts of key services on behalf of older adults, including:

  • Helping with bathing and using the bathroom
  • Completing basic housekeeping duties (dusting, straightening, doing laundry, etc.)
  • Assisting with cooking and meal prep
  • Aiding with activities of daily living, such as sitting and standing, moving from room to room, dressing, etc.
  • Helping with grooming and personal hygiene
  • Lending a helping hand with technology, such as answering phone calls or returning emails
  • Providing transportation to doctor’s appointments, errands, social meetings, family gatherings, outings, and so on
  • Offering medication reminders
  • Providing welcome company and a friendly face

While some older adults with serious health conditions may need the specialized medical attention of a nurse or another skilled medical professional, many seniors will see enormous benefits from non-medical home care.

From helping out around the house, to simply providing companionship and attention, a non-medical caregiver is an incredibly useful person to have around for older adults. They can help ensure that seniors’ personal needs are met, while also giving caring family members the chance to rest and refocus on other things, when needed.

The Benefits of In-Home Care for Seniors

Non-medical home care is flexible, freeing, and affordable, and can help ensure that older adults get the personalized attention they need, without having to uproot their lives – by, say, moving into a stressful and expensive institutionalized care facility.

And that’s barely scratching the surface on all of the remarkable benefits that home care has to offer. Non-medical home care can truly help lift and empower older adults and improve their quality of life.

How have so many older adults benefited from in-home care? Perhaps it’s because this type of long-term care allows older adults to:

Remain in the comfort and safety of their home

According to a study from AARP, nearly 90 percent of seniors prefer to age in place, in their own homes. Non-medical home care is an effective way to make sure your loved one’s wants and needs are met. What’s more, being able to stay at home offers significant advantages. Living in a familiar location allows your loved one to know where things will be and how best to get around, which can help reduce stress and increase their safety. At the same time, studies have shown that adults who age in place report being happier and more comfortable than those who don’t.

Stay socially connected to friends and family

Loneliness is one of the great, invisible dangers that older adults face. Fortunately, non-medical home care makes it easier for older adults to maintain those all-important social bonds, which can help promote longevity, reduce depression, and improve their overall quality of life. Whether they come for a few hours a day or once a week, an in-home caregiver is a companion, one who is able to join your loved one to share meals, swap stories, watch TV/movies, and go on outings. Staying at home also often makes it easier for friends and family to visit, and the transportation services offered by caregivers can help get older adults to appointments, errands, and social calls with friends.

Maintain their independence

Non-medical home care is a great way to help older adults maintain independence and self-sufficiency. With the support and personalized attention provided by an in-home caregiver, provided in the security of their home environment, older adults generally get to retain greater freedom and flexibility than they would in rigid, institutional care. Everyday help with ADLs, transportation, and meal prep can allow seniors to stay active and engaged in everyday life, letting them to continue to care for themselves for as long as possible.

The Benefits of Home Care for Family Caregivers

Non-medical home care has tremendous benefits for the family members of aging adults, as well! Non-medical home care can give family members greater peace of mind and security. Compared to other types of long-term care, non-medical home care offers:

Greater flexibility and freedom

For one thing, this type of care is far more flexible for families than institutionalized care. Because your loved one is staying at home, you’ll know exactly where they’ll be, and can stop by on the schedule that works best for the two of you – no need to bother with visiting hours or coordinating schedules with a facility. At the same time, your loved one can also come to you, thanks to the transportation services offered by their caregiver.

Easier communication and scheduling

Everything becomes so much easier when you can coordinate and communicate directly with your loved one and foster a dependable, collaborative dynamic with their personal caregiver, rather than having to cut through institutional red tape. And, if you or other family members want or need to stay involved in your aging loved one’s care plan, it’s easy and accessible to do so. Having a personalized care plan in place gives you the flexibility to step in and out as needed, giving you back the time and peace of mind you may need, while also letting you stay as hands-on as you’d like to be.

Quality service at a more affordable cost

Home care is substantially less expensive and more convenient than institutionalized care, which can easily cost thousands and thousands of dollars a month. In-home services are generally available at significantly more affordable rates, and are set up so that you and your loved one can take advantage of as much or as little service as needed. That means you have greater control, and more upfront, realistic pricing, without the potential for unexpected, exorbitant hidden fees.

Companions for Seniors Can Help

Locally owned and operated in Chicago, Illinois, with clients in the city and suburbs, Companions for Seniors is a home care company like no other. We offer a variety of services designed to help our clients remain in the comfort of their own homes, while ensuring that their needs are met. Our trained and bonded Companions are available on a full- or part-time basis, and can offer driving services in the comfort of a company car.

Our services are flexible, convenient, and it’s easy to get started. Companions for Seniors provides a free in-home assessment of your current situation, and in most cases we can be up and running in just a few days. We understand that every situation is unique, so we provide a personalized care plan that’s modified to meet each client’s specific needs. As a client’s situation changes, so does our plan of care.

Have any more questions about the practical side of non-medical home care? Ready to get help for your loved one? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line today to get the conversation started, or give us a call at 866-910-9020.