What is Home Care?
I’ve been fortunate to be adopted into the SeaCare In-Home Care Services family, though I’m brand new to the world of home care. Owners Brianna and Dino Bishofberger have brought me in and shared an overwhelming amount of information about this fascinating industry. I wanted to take their passionate explanations and share with you just what makes home care so crucial in today’s world.
During the 1930s, physicians made house calls, and today they are considering returning to those same practices for the elderly and for the differently abled. It was often cheaper for physicians to make these visits in the 1930s than for someone to visit the hospital and the same holds true today.
Caregivers at SeaCare love their jobs. They enjoy going into your homes and helping you maintain your independence. Often seniors feel lonely and depressed in a world in which they are often more isolated than when they were young. As the Director of Human Resources for SeaCare, what I hear most from our caregivers is how much they love to ease the burden of loneliness for seniors in our community.
What Seacare In-Home Care Services offers is a combination of personal care and companionship. Home Care Aides (HCA’s) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) are trained and certified personnel that work in your home to assist with the 7 ADLs (Activities of Daily Living): bathing and grooming, dressing and undressing, meal preparation and feeding, functional transfers, ambulation, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.
You may find that you need this type of help if lately you haven’t been able to load your dishwasher because standing for so long is painful. Perhaps you had a bad fall while bathing and would like assistance. These same services are provided by nursing homes. However, the goal of home care is to keep seniors in their homes for as long as possible. And while home care is primarily marketed to seniors, anyone that could find themselves in a long term nursing facility may benefit from it.
Home care is different from its sister, Home Health Care, in that the later is doctor ordered care after an injury or illness. For example, wound care or physical therapy performed in your home rather than at the doctor's office.
Everyone needs help sometimes. I’m glad to be part of a company offering these services to our community.