What is Home Care?
Home care is specialized assistance that supports aging seniors or those with specific health conditions in remaining independent and at home. Salus Homecare of San Diego assists with things like personal care, transportation, housekeeping tasks and meal preparation.
The ability to perform activities of daily living is often an essential component in helping to determine if an individual can safely remain at home.
Assistance with Activities of Daily Living:
- Showering or bathing
- Dressing appropriately for the weather
- Brushing teeth
- Managing bowel and bladder needs
- Consuming regularly scheduled meals
To remain independent at home, it is also essential to properly manage instrumental activities of daily living. These tasks differ from activities of daily living in that they are not considered necessary for fundamental functioning, but they are important contributors to a person’s ability to enjoy a high-quality, healthy and fulfilling life.
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living:
- Meeting transportation needs
- Meal preparation
- Scheduling appointments
- Managing illnesses by taking medications as prescribed
- Shopping for home essentials and personal items (food, clothing, cleaning supplies, etc)
- Completing housekeeping tasks
Salus Homecare of San Diego’s respite care provides assistance with many of the activities listed above and gives family caregivers a break when they need it most. This program makes completing many caregiving tasks easier and more comfortable for family members and often results in strengthened family bonds and reduced stress within the household.
- Gives family caregivers time away to work, exercise or socialize
- Provides peace of mind when family members know that a professional is in the home providing care
- Supports families who need overnight or week long care in order to enjoy a vacation or travel for work
- Provides support when family members need assistance in order to manage their loved one’s ADLs or IADLs
- Schedules engaging activities that help the care recipient to avoid feeling depressed or isolated
Who Benefits from Home Care?
Salus Homecare of San Diego provides caregiver services that benefit thousands of individuals in our communities. Our clients include senior citizens, adults recovering from an accident or illness and individuals with chronic health conditions. Home care is the ideal choice for individuals who want to remain comfortable at home and surrounded by the people and things that they love while receiving a higher level of assistance with activities that are currently difficult to complete independently.
Who Pays for In Home Care?
Caregiver services are often paid for out of pocket by seniors and their family members. Some of the options that families have used to assist in paying for home care include:
- Reverse Mortgages
- Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts
- Employee sponsored caregiver stipends
- Family Trust Funds
- Workers’ Compensation Insurance
- Long Term Care Insurance
Home Care FAQs
To read more FAQs, click here. If you have any specific questions, feel free to call our 24/7 hotline at (888) 725-8742
My mother has Alzheimer’s. Do I need to hire both a caregiver and a home health nurse to assist her?
Alzheimer’s is a complicated health condition that affects every individual differently. In the earliest stages, individuals often only require supervision. As the illness progresses, needs might increase to include help with ADLs and IADLs. In the latest stages, medical needs may also arise that necessitate the assistance of both a home health nurse and a Salus Homecare of San Diego caregiver. The best way to determine your loved one’s specific needs is by scheduling a no obligation in home consultation for a complete evaluation.
I have a lot of family available to help me. Why should I hire a professional caregiver?
Salus Homecare of San Diego respects and supports family caregivers. Our clients who are fortunate enough to have this type of assistance often find that our services enrich the relationships they experience with their loved ones and ease some of the burden that family caregivers often face. Additionally, many of our clients find that our professional caregivers offers a level of flexibility that their loved ones simply cannot, making our services a convenient option for seniors who need assistance.
Will my caregiver be consistent?
Salus Homecare of San Diego will assist you in maintaining consistency of care whenever possible. Depending on your schedule, it may sometimes be necessary to assign you more than one caregiver, but we will discuss this with you and ensure that you are familiar with and comfortable with all professionals in your home. We also remain available to assist with emergency backup care should you ever need it.