Non-Medical Home Care
What is Non-Medical Home Care?
Many seniors want to age in place, continuing to live where they are most comfortable — their own home — rather than relocating to an unfamiliar facility. Non-medical, home-care assistance makes this possible. Whether dealing with chronic health issues or recovering from a temporary condition, in-home assistance lets seniors maintain a certain level of independence without sacrificing safety and gives family members peace of mind. Elderly care services range from help with everyday activities like getting dressed to weekly shopping outings and may even extend to live-in caregiver supervision. Non-medical home care also provides social interaction for those who live alone and offers respite for spouses or other family caregivers.
Types of In-Home Care Services for Seniors
Generally speaking, non-medical home care falls into one of two categories: companionship or homemaking. Though a referral is not necessary to get companion care or homemaking help, you may want to consider having your physician or occupational therapist to assess your ability to perform activities of daily living and help customize a care plan.
Too much solitude isn’t good for anyone — young or old. Social interaction is especially important to the emotional wellbeing and cognitive ability of the elderly, however. Companionship services may include:
Playing card games
Engaging in hobbies
Going for walks
Driving to and from appointments
Shopping and errands
Companion care is often the key to maintaining a positive attitude even as one’s physical abilities diminish. It’s not just seniors who live alone who benefit from companionship services; family caregivers can get the rest and relief they need by hiring a care companion for their loved one.
In addition to social interaction, homemaking includes assistance with self-care and a helping hand with household chores like doing laundry and washing dishes. Homemaking care may include:
Transferring (bed to wheelchair, etc.)
Meal planning and preparation
While homemaking care is provided by trained professionals, the services stop shy of licensed ambulatory or hygiene care.
Financial Aid for Non-Medical Care
Non-medical home care is an affordable option for many seniors. Still, those living on a limited budget may require financial assistance to make it possible. Original Medicare does not cover companionship care or homemaking services, but some Medicare Advantage Plans do. Medicaid also offers financial assistance; the exact amount varies based on the state you live in and the program you’re enrolled in. Veteran Directed Care gives former military members a flexible budget for in-home care for instruments and activities of daily living.
Get the Help You Need, in the Place You Want to Live
SeniorLeaf connects seniors and their caregivers to non-medical care providers. Click below to find a home-care agency in your area or call 1-833-MY-SENIOR to speak with one of our advisors.