What is home care?

Home care is provided by home care workers who visit people in their own homes and help them to live as independently as possible.

It’s about sustaining and maintaining a person’s quality of life in their home – keeping them safe and comfortable, attending to their physical needs and supporting them with their daily activities of living. It’s also important for their social and emotional needs – to talk, travel and enjoy life. It might be for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery or who have a disability.

Home care is provided in three levels, each level requiring more experience and qualifications.

Social/Transport care:

  • Routine errands like grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions
  • Transportation to appointments, church and social outings
  • Light housekeeping
  • Companionship, entertainment
  • Cooking meals

Personal care:

  • Personal grooming like assistance with bathing, getting dressed, shaving
  • Help with moving around: getting in and out of the bed/shower
  • Medication reminders
  • Helping a person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia by grounding and orienting them
  • Toileting
  • Manual transfer

Nursing:

  • Medication administration
  • Wound care
  • Pre and post-acute hospital care
  • Diabetes Care
  • Catheter Care
  • Bowel and bladder management

Types of home care

There are many reasons and times in life when someone might need help with daily activities—perhaps a family carer needs to get out of the house and a professional care worker can come in an provide a few hours of respite care; a woman on bedrest may need an extra pair of hands around the house until her delivery date; an adult child may have relocated to another city and can’t help their elder parent with tasks around the house; a degenerative disease such as dementia may affect one’s ability to complete activities of daily living like meal preparation and daily grooming.