Many people are choosing to remain in their homes as they age or are living at home with long term disabilities. The services of a home care aide are in high demand, due to these changes. They provide services to the elderly and/or disabled. They are often the most frequent contact aging parents have with the world outside the house.
Miami Home Care Services offers a range of services, including assessment, care planning, nursing services, therapy, and home care aides. The aide is most involved in the day to day living components of home care. They provide assistance with grooming, bathing, shopping, transportation, home safety, cooking, and light housekeeping. Aides offer something other family members cannot, like companionship. Some aides spend the night with aging seniors, to make sure they don’t get lost or to help with night time confusion, such as with those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Home care aides don’t provide medical services. But, they can provide medication reminders, assistance with nutrition and meal planning, and care of home medical devices, such as cleaning or sterilization. Nurses can perform some of these tasks, along with taking vital signs, giving injections, taking blood samples, giving medical treatments, and changing bandages. But, home care aides spend more time interacting with the aging people they serve, on a regular basis. They are connected to the people they care for, on a more intimate and personal level.
The home health aide may take care of one or two people, on a regular basis, by spending several hours each day with the same patients. They get to know the elderly person’s preferences, complete health history, and challenges in self care. They act as an extra pair of hands, in many instances. Aging adults often have trouble grabbing, gripping, or picking up items. The aide serves as a monitor, reporting any obvious changes in physical or mental condition, to a supervisor within the home care organization. An aide must learn when behavoir is normal and should understand what major physical changes are serious, to report when the elderly person may need further medical attention, in the near future.
The home care aide can help an aging person get to medical appointments and can take care of grocery shopping, or tasks like taking the individual to the pharmacy. The aide can help write grocery lists, plan daily meals, prepare items for meals when no care giver is around, and do some light cooking. Aides often accompany aging adults to medical appointments, so they can help communicate needs and conditions to providers. They can also make note of any new conditions, additional exercise and nutrition guidelines, and other recommendations made at the appointment. Nursing staff are usually apprised of any changes in diagnosis, treatment, and medical need as well.
An aide can help an elderly person with light housekeeping, like washing dishes, sweeping floors, cleaning the bathroom, or dusting. Many older people rely on a family member or friend, for deep cleaning or reorganizing the home. But, an aide can do all the other chores that aren’t as time consuming. A home care aide can help an elderly person look after a beloved pet, by feeding and giving water, walking the pet outdoors, and making sure the animal is getting general needs met. Many seniors have a family member or neighbor help with pet care, so the aging person can maintain contact with his or her pet companion.
Transportation, medication reminders, responsibility for money and shopping, and providing general bathing or grooming are major responsibilities. That’s why all of our home care aides are thoroughly screened before being hired. They must not have any type of criminal past, which could put an aging person at risk. The background check, aide training completion, reference checking, and CPR/First Aid are all requirements a potential aide must meet, to be able to work with aging people in their homes.
The assistance of a conscientious home care aide can help elderly parents remain in their homes, so they feel more comfortable and can maintain some freedom, as they face the challenges of growing old. Loved ones with major disabilities or limitations in mobility can also maintain greater freedom, with the services of a home care aide.