Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Caregiver?

A caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need. Usually, the person receiving care has a condition such as dementia, cancer, or brain injury and needs help with basic daily tasks. Caregivers help with many things such as:

  • grocery shopping
  • house cleaning
  • cooking
  • shopping
  • paying bills
  • giving medicine
  • bathing
  • using the toilet
  • dressing
  • eating
  • Why Do I Need a Caregiver?

    It is a proven fact that seniors are living longer than they ever have in our country. Older adults want to stay in their own homes as they age, and this is very possible with the help of non-medical caregivers. The less-expensive alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility is home care.

    What exactly is non-medical home care, and why is it so important?
    Non-medical home care is help from a caregiver, which can range from preparing meals, light housekeeping, or companionship, to personal care and much more. Are your basement stairs a little too steep to get down for laundry? Is it safe to go out in cold weather for groceries and prescriptions? These are some of the "A.D.L's" (Activities of Daily Living) that caregivers can provide for seniors in their homes.

    Why Should I consider it?

    Sometimes just having a companion in the house can make a difference. Loneliness can have a negative effect on the body, often causing depression or a slower healing time upon a hospital release. Playing a card game, or even just laughing or conversing about a good movie leads to a more meaningful life. Caregivers can make your life more enjoyable, especially during these winter months!

    Safety is another major factor when living alone. Caregivers can help prevent falls, and if a fall does occur, they can take the correct action to get help in a timely manner.

    How do you choose a home care agency?

    Follow these A.B.C.'s… Always contact at least two or three home care providers. Be certain caregivers are insured, bonded, and have reference checks and a clean criminal background clearance. Clarify and check whose responsibility it is to pay workman's compensation, employee taxes, and any payroll deductions. Be proactive with a home care plan. It is best to be prepared if there is an unexpected or emergency situation.