Baby boomers have just joined a special group of Americans: the elderly population. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2030, there will be 72 million seniors in the country—twice the number that had been estimated in 2000. With many elderly individuals requiring special care and wanting to live their own, independent lives, a home care service is instrumental in making sure that the seniors are well-taken care of.
The Responsibilities Of A Home Care Aide
A home care aide performs a variety of tasks and services for an elderly client. His or her primary goal is to provide a nurturing and caring environment, to ensure that the elderly person lives a quality life and their personal needs are met.
A home care aide serves as a personal assistant and non-medical caregiver, as the elderly person may no longer be able to execute certain tasks as a consequence of age, health problems or physical disabilities. Since they live in their own homes, the seniors typically need assistance in tasks that were once easy to do for them, but can no longer perform efficiently, or easily.
The following are some of the most common tasks a home care aide performs:
- Provide help and assistance in personal hygiene and grooming
- Assist clients while bathing and dressing
- Help the elderly person with bedside care and nap
- Ensure that the senior takes his or her medications on schedule.
- Perform simple housekeeping chores for the elderly including cleaning, dusting, cooking, doing the laundry and pressing clothes
- Make sure that special dietary requirements are met
- Run errands such as buying the groceries, clothes, and medications
- Guide clients while performing exercises recommended by a physiotherapist, to ensure the safety of the elderly person and make certain that the exercises are properly executed
- Serve as a companion when going out with friends, attending meetings and receiving visitors
- Drive the client when she or he need to go out, such as going to the doctor and other social occasions
- Monitor the senior’s general healthy. Note changes
- Keep records of the client’s daily activities and progress. as well as the services performed for the senior; report any important data to the doctor such as misuse of medications and neglecting important daily activities
- Provide insights during reviews of the patient’s condition to determine whether changes need to be put in place
- Help plan for future health care of the elderly client
In most cases, a home care aide not only works with the elderly person, but also with the client’s family. She offers advice and recommendation as to how to properly take care of the patient, especially during the critical periods of recovery.
A home health care aide aims to provide the senior with sufficient assistance to enable him or her to adapt to a new lifestyle in consideration age, health conditions, and disabilities. A home care aide also acts as a reliable companion, someone with whom the patient can trust and talk – which is especially important for those seniors who are not often in contact with friends and family.
Home care aides simply assist seniors to adapt to a new way of life, administer tasks once routine, now performed with some difficulty and provide companionship to prevent loneliness or despair. Aides are caregivers who make aging natural and enjoyable.