Surprisingly this question comes up quite often when speaking with families and their loved ones. There are many ways to answer this question. The most basic is providing support or care for a person who is unable to perform daily activities such as bathing, feeding or needs assistance when moving. A much more clinical answer is assisting someone who fails at any one of the Seven Activities of Daily Living. However, personal in-home care can be much more than merely a caregiver to assist with the daily activities; it can be a person who becomes your friend.
A personal caregiver can be a person whom you confide in, share stories with and are there no matter what the situation. As you can see from the Meet Your Caregiver page all of the caregivers want to make a difference in the lives of our clients. They chose this profession because of their compassion, love and desire to make each and every day better for their clients.
Our caregivers work shifts as short as three hours a day and up to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With the wide range of schedule options and length, no two client’s needs are the same. Many people inquiring about home care often wonder how the shifts are arranged and who decides the tasks to be performed. Ultimately, you the client are in charge. We provide a caregiver to assist you on your needs and tasks for each and every shift. Our caregiver will make recommendations and step in when safety issues arise such as fall risks. You, as a client, must remember we are there to help and assist you. Think of the caregiver as an extra set of hands and/or legs. Our caregivers are not there to take away your independence but to enhance it. Our goal, as an agency, is to assist you to stay in your home for as long as you desire because in the end, it is your home.
We know the initial time the caregiver enters your home can be stressful for numerous reasons. Many times our clients are unsure of structuring the tasks of the caregivers. We want to provide a few sample schedules of how tasks may be arranged. But remember no two shifts are ever the same with that being said our caregivers our able to adapt to any situation and need.
Four hour morning shift (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)
8:00 am arrival and call in to Sevens Sharing
8:05 am till 8:45 am assist with morning routine such as bathing, dressing, and medication reminders
8:45 am till 9:30 am make and serve breakfast (all meals can be made to follow a specific diet)
9:30 am till 10:00 am sit and talk with the client so the two maybe better acquainted
10:00 am till 11:00 am run errands for client such as pharmacy or grocery shopping
11:00 am till 12:00 pm prep and make lunch, also may make and prep an additional meal that can be heated up later in the evening
12:00 pm say good-bye and call out to Sevens Sharing
Ten hour overnight shift (10:00 pm till 8:00 am)
10:00 pm arrival and call in to Sevens Sharing
10:00 pm till 10:30 pm sit and talk with the client, do light housekeeping before bed or prepare a late snack
10:30 pm till 11:15 pm assist with evening routine such as bathing, dressing, and medication reminders
11:15 pm assist the client with getting into bed and making sure the electronic monitoring system is properly set-up*
11:30 pm till 12:00 pm the caregiver will make sure the house is properly set-up for the morning and get themselves ready for bed in their sleeping area, whether it is another bedroom, bed or sofa.
3:00 am caregiver is called via the electronic monitoring system to assist with going to the bathroom
3:15 am both the caregiver and client are back in bed
7:00 am caregiver awakes and heads into the client’s room to assist with the morning routine
7:30 am prep and make breakfast
8:00 am say good-bye and call out to Sevens Sharing
*All overnight and 24 hour clients are set-up with an electronic monitoring system so the caregiver may be reached at any time to assist the client’s needs
As can be seen from the examples above there are many options when it comes to the length and type of care provided. At Sevens Home Care our goal is to meet the need of every client and develop a personal care plan. In the end we want you to be at home. Because Home is where you want to beTM.