Non-Medical Home Care Services
Receiving ongoing care with the goal of remaining independent for as long as possible is an important quality of life issue for many seniors. Day-to-day non-medical care typically falls on the children, spouse, and friends of the person requiring assistance. While this arrangement may seem ideal, as the time commitment increases, using a professional non-medical home care service at regular intervals can be a great source of relief for both the person who requires help and those responsible for meeting their needs.
Finding affordable non-medical senior care is a great concern for many families. In fact, it’s one of the biggest reasons people delay seeking needed services. While costs vary between companies providing care, there are many financial resources readily available to help make sure seniors receive the assistance they need to maintain their quality of life as they age.
Managing the activities of daily living with a professional non-medical in-home care provider could help delay an imminent move to a nursing facility. Many seniors wish to continue living in their own home, where they are most comfortable, for as long as possible.
Understanding non-medical senior care
There are some terms for non-medical in-home care used interchangeably in the industry.
- Attendant care
- Personal care
- Companion care
- Assistance with activities of daily living (ADL)
Providers may offer help with grocery shopping, cleaning, personal care like bathing, dressing and grooming, or just occasional companionship. While non-medical home care services may include medication reminders, administering medication is considered medical care and requires the services of a licensed professional.
Non-medical care provider qualifications
Regardless of the services they provide, your caregiver should be reliable, qualified, and compassionate with a heart for helping others. Our companion caregivers and homemaker caregivers go through a seven-step screening process that is the most rigorous and selective in the industry.
Our background check includes a minimum of ten years of employment history and two professional references that we contact to assess the applicant’s reputation as a caregiver. A 30-minute test over nursing and home care topics combined with a character evaluation are just the first steps in the screening process. We also verify their identity with a combination of their birth date and social security information.
To work for Sevens Home Care, applicants must make it through our extensive evaluation process. Once hired, our employees participate in six continuing education topics each year through the national home care training organization.
How to know when it’s time to hire a non-medical in-home care provider
Often, it’s tempting for family members and friends to try to meet the daily needs of their loved one without professional assistance. Resistance from the senior about having a stranger in their home or insecurities about being able to afford ongoing non-medical care is common.
Working caregivers who voluntarily dedicate their free time to meeting the needs of a senior who needs help often burn out. Asking for professional assistance, even if it’s just for an hour each day, helps preserve relationships and allows both the senior and their family members to relax.
Begin your journey for non-medical senior care and contact us today!