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Senior Care FAQ
What is home care?
  Traditionally, home care refers to any type of care (medical or non-medical) that is provided to the patient in their home. In recent years, however, there has been a slight shift in using the terminology to emphasize non-medical care such as companionship/housekeeping services or personal care services.
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How does home care differ from home healthcare?
  While home care can be used to describe both medical and non-medical care, typically home care refers to non-medical care such as companionship/housekeeping services or personal care services, while home healthcare refers to the provision of skilled nursing care and other care such as speech, physical or occupational therapy.
Why should I choose home care?
  Home care is delivered in the home and keeps families together.
  When we are not feeling well, most of us want to be at home. We enjoy the comfort of our own houses and the reassurance of being with our loved ones. When our loved ones are ill, we try to get them home as soon as possible. Home care is particularly important in times of illness when families desire to be near one another for support.
  Home care is a comforting alternative to premature admission to a long-term care facility.
  Since most people would prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible, home care can provide a level of service that can be tailored to the client’s individual needs.
  Homecare is safe and promotes healing.
  Many risks, such as infection, are eliminated or minimized when care is provided in the home. There is scientific evidence that many patients recover faster at home.
  Home care allows for the maximum amount of freedom for the individual and promotes continuity.
  Patients at home can remain active in their customary daily routines while receiving one-to-one care and attention. The patient’s care is monitored by their own doctor.
  Home care is less expensive than other forms of care and is the preferred form of care.
  If skilled care is not needed around the clock, home care can allow you to create an individually tailored care plan that meets your needs and your budget. National studies have shown that 80 percent of those aged 75 and older prefer to stay in their current residence for as long as possible.
What senior living options are available?
  There are now many options available when it comes to care of the elderly. The ideal option, preferred by the vast majority of elderly people and their families is Home Care, (as described above).  However, if your loved one moves away from home for care, there are now several types of alternative housing purpose-designed for older people.
  There are two main types of retirement housing: 
  Alternative Living Facilities
  Retirement housing is usually purpose-built with the needs of older people in mind. It may be a flat or a bungalow. If your loved one wants to remain as independent as possible, but without the worries of maintaining their current home and with extra support available if needed, retirement housing could be the answer.
  Sheltered housing
  This usually has a communal entrance and facilities such as lounge, laundry and guest suites, but the elderly person lives independently in their own home with their own bedroom(s), lounge, kitchen and bathroom. There may be unobtrusive safety features, such as emergency pull cords or 'good morning mats'. A resident manager will usually be available.
  Assisted living – Retirement Villages
  The elderly person lives independently in their own home, but it is located within the grounds of a care home. They are able to use the care home's facilities, such as the lounge, and may choose to use extra services such as laundry or cooking. There will be features such as pull cords, connected to the care home, so expert help is available if needed. Assisted living may be a good choice for couples who need different levels of care, or for an elderly person who may want to move into the care home at a later date.
 
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What are ADLs and IADLs?
  Activities of Daily Living or ADLs include the basic tasks essential for day-to-day functioning, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and toileting.
  Many elderly people who require help with such activities are largely independent, but may require help with one or two ADLs. In some cases, intermittent help from a family member or friend may be all that is needed. However, in many cases, particularly when family or friends are unavailable and the importance of scheduling these activities is critical, informal care arrangements may not be adequate.
  Many Comfort Keepers® offices can also provide Personal Care Services to assist our clients with ADLs. Please contact the Comfort Keepers location nearest you or your loved one for more information.
  IADLs, the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, are considered those activities which are less basic than the traditional Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). IADLs need to be performed, but scheduling may not be as critical. IADLs include such activities as shopping, paying bills, cleaning, doing the laundry and meal preparation. Many senior citizens require assistance with IADLs rather than with ADLs.
  Some elderly people merely want someone to escort them when they are shopping and help them avoid any situations that might cause them to fall. Others may welcome assistance with their bill paying and medical appointments.
  Comfort Keepers offers a range of companionship and homekeeping services to assist our clients with the IADLs.
  Please contact the Comfort Keepers location nearest you or your loved one for more information.
 
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