What is Home Care?
The term home care describes two very different types of care:
- Home Health Care is skilled nursing care and is provided by licensed medical professionals, for which you need a prescription.
- Non-Medical Home Care, such as personal care, homemaker, or companionship services are provided by professional caregivers.
Home care that seniors require often revolves around the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).
ADLs are basic activities and functions performed on a daily basis that are usually done without assistance. The six ADLs are:
- using the toilet
IADLs are basic activities and functions performed on a daily basis that are usually done without assistance. The six IADLs are:
- light housework
- preparing meals
- taking medications
- shopping for groceries or clothes
- using the telephone
- managing money