5 Types Of In-Home Care Services

In-home care services empower seniors and medically fragile individuals to continue to live in their homes by providing the assistance they need to be successful. The degree of services required varies from person to person, and a wide array of services are available. Here are a few in-home care services that assist the person and their caregivers. 

1. Personal Care Services

Personal care services relate to a person's activities of daily living or ADLs. Unfortunately, some ADLs become more challenging as a person ages or becomes medically compromised. The difficulties may be short-term due to medical conditions or hospitalizations or long-term and ongoing. ADLs include:

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Walking
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Transfers

Personal care services may also offer medication management or administration. These services aid in any of the mentioned areas where a person requires assistance. 

2. Homemaker Services

Homemaker services include many daily services that allow a person to take care of themselves and safely remain in their home. Homemaker services are supports often offered in conjunction with personal care services. 

Examples of homemaker services include:

  • Laundry
  • Meal Preparation
  • Housekeeping
  • Shopping
  • Paying Bills

Transportation to and from medical appointments may also be included depending on the service provider. 

3. Home Health Care

Depending on the need and medical condition, agencies may offer home health care as an in-home care service. Trained medical personnel provide these services. Nursing services may offer doctor-ordered medical care and treatments. Other services providers may include:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Therapists

Many in-home health care services are only for a limited time and may be paid for by insurance plans.

4. Companionship Services

Seniors are often isolated. Death of loved ones or companions can cause isolation. The senior's inability to drive or get out as they have in the past can also be a cause. Another valuable service called companionship services can address isolation. 

Companionship services often overlap with homemaker services but are also designed to provide enjoyable interactions for the patient. In addition to the homemaker services listed above, companionship services may accompany the people served to social engagements or engage in their preferred activities.

5. Respite Care

Respite care is a service designed as much for the caregiver as it is for the patient. Respite care provides a much-needed break for everyone involved. Agencies offer this service both in the home or by moving the client to another location for a short time.