December 23, 2019

If you are exploring long-term care for yourself or a loved one, chances are you have spent plenty of time looking into all of your choices when it comes to home care — including gathering plenty of information about non-medical home care. 

So, what is non-medical home care, and what advantages does it have to offer to the elderly, and the family caregivers who love and support them? Let’s explore this important care option in a little more depth. 

Understanding Non-Medical Home Care

Non-medical home care is long-term care that is provided to a client that does not involve medical services or skilled nursing services. Instead, home care is meant to help provide support for many of the other physical and lifestyle needs that older adults face, from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

There are many different levels of care available, depending on the unique needs of the older adult, and your preferences and needs as a family caregiver. In some cases, home care can focus on providing companionship, giving adults the social support they need to live an active, enriching lifestyle. For others, non-medical home care may focus on providing help with routine activities of daily living, like sitting, standing, or moving around. 

Non-medical home care is flexible and adaptable, and you or your senior loved one can receive help with different types of needs on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. Non-medical home care services can help a senior or housebound adult with: 

  • Using the bathroom and bathing
  • Dressing and grooming 
  • Walking, sitting, standing, and transferring in and out of bed
  • Shopping, preparing, and serving nutritious meals
  • Laundry
  • Light housekeeping 
  • Providing driving services to help run errands, attend appointments, or enjoy social outings 
  • Companionship — including playing games, sharing meals, doing art projects, and enjoying pleasant conversation 

The Advantages of Non-Medical Home Care

Compared to other types of long-term care, non-medical home care is affordable, and can be customized to closely suit your senior loved one’s needs. Home care can empower older adults to age in place in the comfort and safety of home, rather than uprooting their lives in order to move into a residential home or assisted living facility. 

It is also fairly straightforward to get started. At Companions for Seniors, we can provide a free in-home assessment of your loved one’s current situation, and in most cases we can be up and running with a personalized care plan in just a few days. We are a fully licensed and insured company, and we make sure that each one of our caregivers goes through an extensive background check and training program before ever stepping foot into a client’s home. 

Moving forward, home care is a powerful way to help seniors live an active, enriched, and independent lifestyle — all from the comfort and safety of home. 

Major studies have shown time and again that the vast majority of older adults would prefer to age in place, staying at home as they get older for as long as possible. Home care is a great way to help your loved one fulfill their wishes, while still getting the practical support they need to truly thrive. 

Home care is convenient; living at home gives older adults the freedom to live according to their priorities, rather than having to conform to a rigid institutional diet or schedule. As a result, non-medical home care has been shown to promote a healthier and more independent lifestyle, while increasing longevity. Home care can also enable seniors to stay socially connected to friends and family, which can help reduce depression and anxiety, boost overall health, and truly improve quality of life for the elderly. 

At the same time, the convenience and flexibility of non-medical home care comes with many advantages for family caregivers, as well. In fact, non-medical home care is sometimes called respite care, for this very reason — because it gives family members the chance to enjoy some much-needed rest, on a schedule that works for their needs. Compared to other types of long-term care, non-medical home care allows for easier communication and scheduling, and can allow caregivers to reclaim their peace of mind and take time to focus on other important things in life, whether that means spending quality time with the kids or scheduling doctor’s appointments or exercise. Whether brought in full-time or for a few hours a month, home care can give family caregivers the chance to recharge their batteries, and come back to their senior loved ones with more attention, focus, and energy to give. 

Will Home Care Be the Right Fit?

Research suggests that about 70 percent of those turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives — and yet, fewer than 30 percent of adults have actually had a conversation about long-term care planning. Talking about health and longevity with your senior loved ones can be a difficult conversation to have, but it’s an incredibly important one. 

While everyone experiences health and lifestyle changes with age, their abilities diminish at different rates. To determine if your loved one needs assistance at home, monitor their home environment, and ask yourself some key questions: 

  • “Is my loved one losing weight or malnourished, due to increased difficulty in cooking meals or grocery shopping?”
  • “Is my senior family member having problems with personal hygiene tasks, such as dressing or grooming?”
  • “Does my loved one seem to be having problems trying to complete simple household chores, such as cleaning, doing the laundry, or taking care of the lawn and garden?”
  • “Is my senior loved one experiencing mood swings? Are there any notable changes in the way they behave, speak or think — such as confusion, halting speech, frequent anger, or restlessness?” 
  • “Is my loved one becoming more socially withdrawn or isolated? Do they seem lonely?”

All of these are signs that it may be time to start exploring home care options with your elderly loved one. Home care is a wonderful option for older adults who could benefit from regular companionship and assistance with day-to-day activities. 

Companions for Seniors: Your Chicagoland Home Care Resource

Do you have any more questions or concerns about non-medical home care? 

Do you have an aging family member who you believe would benefit from the personalized attention of a professional in-home companion? 

Curious about the best ways to reclaim your peace of mind as a family caregiver? 

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Companions for Seniors today to keep the conversation going! We’re always happy to field any questions and help point you in the right direction.

Here at Companions for Seniors, our mission is to help seniors live independently and with dignity in the comfort of their own homes, by empowering them to lead an active and enriched lifestyle, connecting them with their community, and nurturing meaningful relationships. We believe in helping seniors maintain a higher quality of life, while providing respite and peace of mind for all the family caregivers who could use some help.

We are locally owned in Chicago, with services available in the city and suburbs. Trained and bonded companions are available on a full- or part-time basis, and offer driving services in the comfort of an insured company car.

Ready to get started? Curious about what sets us apart? Get in touch online or give us a call at 866-910-9020 to get the home care answers you’ve been searching for.