More than just maintaining independence, social stimulation is therapeutic. Independent care is dedicated to ensuring that every individual be respectfully encouraged to continue their activities.
Personal Care Services
Many times our elderly or disabled clients are capable of performing their own bathing and personal care services. However, knowing that a trained caregiver is standing by for assistance and safety supervision, gives the client and the family some added peace of mind.
Hygiene, Grooming and Dressing
Aging and disabled clients sometimes lack the fine motor skills required for daily hygiene tasks. Assisting with proper mouth, gum and denture care can be vital in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease and other infections. Assisting with clothing selection, fastening buttons, belts and shoes can help reduce the daily stress a client often feels.
Continence Care and Toileting Assistance
Toileting is a basic life function that when lost can be emotionally difficult to handle. Assistance with urinary and bowel care may also be vital in remaining socially active. Our caregivers, CNA, PCA and home health aides understand the sensitivity of this situation and are experienced in providing physical assistance for all types of toileting needs.
Medication Reminders and Administration
Medication mismanagement is one of the most common causes of hospital admissions. The caregiver can remind the client to take their medication, assist with pre-measured medication packages, administer medication when necessary, and report side effects in an effort to avoid potentially dangerous medication mismanagement.
Independent caregivers will prepare a well-balance, nutritious meal, including clean up. The opportunity to eat regular, healthy meals can help maintain strength and hydration, promote recovery, and assure appropriate absorption of medications. Our caregivers and administrators will work with the family and other healthcare professionals to plan meals according to a client’s specific needs. Example may include diabetes, low sodium diets, pureed food and others.
In some cases, clients are unable to feed themselves. Independent caregivers are trained to safely perform and/ or assist a client in eating while remaining sensitive to the emotional frustration often felt by the individual.
Walking and Exercise Assistance
Keeping on the move is vital to both mental and physical well being. Independent Home Care ensures that movement occurs on a regular basis while taking into consideration the physical limitations, if any, of the client.
Proper posture is often overlooked in the care giving regimen but not by Independent Home Healthcare. Proper posture encourages better digestion and circulation and aids in the prevention of muscle atrophy and skin sores.
Physical and mental stimulation are essential to a feeling of well being. Independent caregivers can drive a client to activities previously scheduled or will suggest and implement new activities, appropriate for the client.
Light Housekeeping and Laundry
Independent care can assist with vacuuming, bathrooms, cleaning floors, dusting, kitchens, emptying trash, straightening rooms and organizing closets.
Washing clothes and linens can be a long and strenuous activity.
Independent care will wash, dry, fold, iron and put away a client’s laundry at their request.
Shopping and Errand Services
The caregiver can run errands such as picking up prescriptions, dry cleaning and grocery shopping. This can be done with or without the client. Caregivers can also take the client to appointments such as physical occupational therapy sessions, beauty shops, barber shops and more.
Incoming Mail Organization
The caregiver will assist the client in sorting through junk mail and bills, in addition to ensuring that bills are paid on time.
Family Respite Care
The ongoing stress to the primary family caregiver can often cause tension between themselves and other family members. We often find that family relationships dramatically improve when the stress of the family caregiver is alleviated through the use of in-home healthcare.
Ongoing Review with Family
The cornerstone of Independent Home Healthcare is keeping the family informed of the caregiver plan while answering any and all questions. It is essential to keep the lines of communication open at all times so that every family member is comfortable with the care giving situation. Whether you live in the same city or on opposite coasts, it is our job to keep in touch with the family on a regular basis.