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Home Care Services for Seniors

Home health care for seniors provide an excellent alternative option compared to care in long term facilities or retirement homes. Many seniors these days prefer to stay at home, but may require some assistance around the house or with activities of daily living. Presenting the option of home care to your loved one can be a sensitive topic, especially if your loved one is fiercely independent or hesitant to welcome a stranger into their home. Through the aide of home care assistance, your loved one will quickly learn that home care allows them to maintain, if not increase the level of independence they experience, as well as increase quality of life, and set loved ones minds at ease.

There are many different option for care for seniors, including part-time companions, live-in caregivers, caregivers who assist with housekeeping, cooking, and other household chores, as well as highly qualified and experienced nursing assistants capable of dealing with illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Dementia and their associated challenges. Regardless of your loved ones need, A-1 Domestic Professional Services/A-1 Caregiver Agency provides a multitude of care giving options that are tailored to the needs of your loved one, as well as their schedule and need preferences.

There are many factors to consider when deciding if home care is the right option for your loved one. Deciding whether or not your loved one should remain at home is a decision that will affect their health status and daily routines. Consider the following factors when deciding on a home care option for your loved one.


  • Location: Is your loved ones home within an easily accessible distance from shopping centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, and medical appointments? Or is a significant amount of driving required to reach these destinations, making you uneasy about the amount of time they will have to spend driving on a daily basis?
  • Home Accessibility: Is your loved ones home easily maintainable and modified? Consider the fact that in-home extended care may require your loved ones home to be adjusted based on their health status, such as inserting wheelchair ramps and safety rails in hallways. Are there any steep hills or staircases that may make it difficult for your loved one to reach certain areas of the house?
  • Family and Friend Support: Does family live nearby that can assist your loved one in a time of need or to help with given daily tasks or transportation? Is your loved one connected with their network of family and friends or are they somewhat isolated or avoid social interaction?
  • Isolation: It can be easy for your loved one to begin to remain in their home more often as their health declines. They may avoid activities and social events they once enjoyed and feel more alone and secluded.
  • Finances: Does the possible cost of a long-term facility or retirement center seem overwhelming? Would the cost of a facility potentially cause financial stress for you and your loved one?

These given stressors associated with your aging loved one and the long-term planning for their care can be alleviated through the help of a personal, in-home caregiver. Not only will your loved one be able to remain in the comfort of their own environment, but can receive help with all of the given factors listed above. At A-1 Domestic Professional Services/A-1 Caregiver Agency, we believe that seniors who are able to remain in their homes while aging experience a greater quality of life and more independence.

Our professional and trained caregivers provide services that include companionship and friendship, interaction through conversation, stimulating activities, and day trips, assistance with ambulation, transfers in and out of beds and chairs, transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other errands, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping and organization, laundry, and activities of daily living that may become strenuous as your loved one ages. A-1 Domestic Professional Services offers competitive and affordable rates, eliminating a great deal of financial stress associated with care giving services. The personal, one-on-one care your loved one will receive will not only increase their quality of life on a day to day basis, but far exceed the personal care they would receive in an expensive retirement community.

For those seniors that are apprehensive or fearful about receiving in-home care, you can be assured that A-1 Domestic Professional Services hires only the most qualified and professional certified home health aides and certified nursing assistants to be a part of our agency. All of our caregivers are personally screened, background checked, and interviewed extensively through face-to-face interviews. A-1 Domestic will also personally match your loved one with a caregiver that is available to provide for them on a schedule they would prefer, the type of care services they are seeking, and an individual that is compatible with their personality.

At A-1 Domestic, we firmly believe in meeting the needs of every client we serve to the highest degree. If you and your loved one decide on a home care option, you can assure that a caregiver will be placed with your loved one that will help them to age in their home in a way that is respectful of their independence as well as promotes a higher quality of living that can only be found through personalized and individualized care. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide care givers on full-time and part-time schedules, as well as for live-in care, so you can have peace of mind that your loved one is always being cared for. We also offer same-day and next-day services, so you will never have to worry about your loved one being safe and provided for in the event of an emergency or other immediate need. At A-1 Domestic, we believe home health care is an option that you and your loved one will surely be glad you made.

What can help me stay at home?

You may be used to handling everything for yourself, dividing up duties with your spouse, or relying on family members for help. But as circumstances change, it's good to be aware of all the home care services available that might be of help. What you may need depends on how much support you have, your general health, and your financial situation.

  • Household maintenance

    Keeping a household running smoothly takes a lot of work. If you're finding it hard to keep up, you can look into laundry, shopping, gardening, housekeeping, and handyman services. If you're having trouble staying on top of bills and appointments, financial and healthcare management may also be helpful.

  • Transportation

    Transportation is a key issue for older adults. Maybe you're finding it hard to drive or don't like to drive at night. Investigating transportation options can help you keep your independence and maintain your social network. You may want to look into local transportation such as buses, reduced fare taxis, and senior transportation options to appointments.

  • Home modifications

    If your mobility is becoming limited, home modifications can go a long way towards making home more comfortable. This can include things such as grab bars in the shower, ramps to avoid or minimize the use of stairs, or even installing new bathrooms on the ground floor.

  • Personal care

    Help with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, feeding, or meal preparation, is called personal care or custodial care. You can hire help with personal care, ranging from a few hours a day to live-in care. People who provide this level of care include personal care aides, home care aides, and home health aides. Home health aides might also provide limited assistance with things such as taking blood pressure or offering medication reminders.

  • Health care

    Some health care services can be provided at home by trained professionals, such as occupational therapists, social workers, or home health nurses. Check with your insurance to see what kind of coverage is available, although you may have to cover some cost out of pocket. Help on Medicare coverage can be found in the Resources section below. Hospice care can also be provided at home.

  • Day programs

    Day programs, also called senior daycare, can help you keep busy with activities and socialization during the day, while providing a break for caregivers. Some day programs are primarily social, while others provide limited health services or specialize in disorders such as early stage Alzheimer's.

Involving loved ones in home care services

Everyone has different family structures and support. In deciding your own options, take a look at your own family structure, culture, and expectations you and family members might have. Yo u may have already made alternate plans, preferring to keep family as little involved as possible. Perhaps you and your family want to work out a system where caregiving by family is your primary support for staying in the home. Or it could be that work, health issues or location of your family may not make this feasible. Your family could live far away, and prefer that you live with them or move close instead, which would mean giving up a local support system.

While this conversation may not be easy, it's better to discuss earlier and to get issues out on the open, than wait for an emergency when options may be more limited. An independent opinion, such as a home assessment by a geriatric case manager or consulting with other professionals, can be helpful in diffusing family tensions too. You have the final decision as to where you want to live, but input from family members is also helpful. Are they worried about your safety or a health problem such as Alzheimer's that will eventually require heavy care? Listening to concerns and keeping communication open is key.

Even if you have strong family support, be open to the idea of having other help too. Many people have an initial feeling of "not wanting strangers in the house." But caregiving can be physically and emotionally exhausting, especially if it is primarily on one person such as a spouse. Your relationships will be healthier if you are open to the idea of getting help from more than one source.

I'm worried my loved one is not safe at home. What should I do?

Perhaps you've noticed that your loved one's home has become much more messy than it used to be, or that he or she is wearing stained, dirty clothes. Maybe it's clear that your loved one hasn't had a bath for a while. Or when you open the refrigerator, there is hardly any food inside. Or you may be worried sick about a recent fall or seeing a pan burning on the stove.

It can be frightening and painful to see a loved one who is losing the ability to care for him or herself. Sometimes, declines can happen gradually. Or a sudden change in health, recent fall, depression, or loss of a key local support can trigger difficulty. Regardless of the reason, if you're worried about safety or the condition of the home, it's important to bring it up with your loved one to see what can be done.

Tips on talking to your loved one

  • Try to find the real reasons behind resistance:A seemingly resistant loved one could be frightened that he or she is no longer able to do tasks that were formerly so easy, or chronic untreated pain may be making it difficult. It might be more comfortable to deny it and minimize problems. Perhaps he or she is grieving the loss of a loved one, or frustrated at not being able to connect with friends. If your loved one has a hard time getting out and is losing support, he or she is also at risk for depression.
  • Express your concerns as your own instead of accusing:A loved one might be more open to your honest expressions of concern. For example, instead of saying "It's clear you can't take care of yourself anymore. Something needs to be done", try "I've really been worried about you. It hurts me to think that you might not be getting everything you need. What do you think we should do?"
  • Respect your loved one's autonomy and involve him or her in decisions:Unless your loved one is incapacitated, the final decision about care is up to him or her. You can help by offering suggestions and ideas. For example, what home care services might bridge the gap? If you're worried that home care might not be enough, what other options are available? You can frame it as something to try temporarily instead of trying to impose a permanent solution.
  • Enlist other help:Does your loved one know others who have used home care services, or have had to move? Talking to others who have had positive experiences can sometimes take out some of the fear of the unknown. You may want to consider having a meeting with your loved one's doctor or hire a geriatric care manager. Sometimes hearing feedback from a disinterested third party can help a loved one realize that things need to change.

If your loved one is becoming incapable of making decisions

Are you worried that your loved one is putting him or herself in danger? Someone with worsening memory problems, for example, may forget to turn the gas off or wander outside and get lost. This may be a concern with diseases such as later stage Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, Parkinson's disease, or stroke.

If you have the opportunity, its best to bring this up before your loved one has reached the level of incapacity, although it's a hard conversation to have. If your loved one has designated someone with durable power of attorney in case of incapacity, then that person can make decisions if your loved one is no longer able to. If not, then you or someone may need to petition for guardianship or conservatorship. You may want to consult an advocacy group and an elder law attorney to best understand your options.

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