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Continuous In-Home Care

What services are available to home care clients who need more than a few hours a day?

There are many different services available to folks looking into their home care options. Most people who seek out in-home care for themselves or a loved one through the alternatives offered by licensed, certified home health service firms may be looking for any or all of a variety of different home care services. Home care agencies can assist with companionship, light homemaking, chores, personal care, bathing, toileting, mobility assistance, routine transfer, medication reminders, meal prep, errands, transportation, and various other necessities related to an individual's activities of daily living (or ADL's). Many times a visit of three or more hours daily; or a few days each week is enough to satisfy the necessities of the in-home care recipient. For example, many home care clients choose to schedule care in the morning from 8AM to 1PM, in the midday from 12PM-6PM, or in the evening from 4PM-10PM on a Monday through Friday schedule when a spouse or family member is at work and unable to act as their family caregiver.

For other clients, the hourly home care services offered simply aren't enough to satisfy their daily living requirements. In cases where a bit more in-home care is required, home health service firms such as Synergy HomeCare and other state licensed New Jersey home care agencies offer continuous care options that may be more appropriate for their needs.

The most popular and cost efficient continuous in-home care option is LIVE-IN HOME CARE. Live-in home care places a caregiver or certified home health aide in the home with the client 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While the home health aide does not provide 24 hour a day care, they will attend to the client's needs for eight hours each day and remain in the home "on call" should personal need necessity or an emergency arise. This option combines attentive personal care with home care companionship services and provides for the 24/7 peace of mind that many home care recipients and their families desire.

Another home care option available is SLEEPOVER HOME CARE which places a caregiver or home health aide in the home for a 10-hour period that typically begins between 8:00PM and 11:00PM. The caregiver is expected to assist with the bedtime routine of the home care client as well as their morning routine and breakfast. The sleepover caregiver is also available and "on call" should an emergency arise during the sleeping hours. Sleepover shifts, like live-in shifts, are charged at a flat rate but can also be extended on an hourly basis. The final continuous care option offered by home care agencies is AROUND-THE-CLOCK HOME CARE which is typically utilized only for very intricate cases whereby a home care recipient necessitates a very high degree of attention and an aide is needed to be awake and immediately available on a 24/7 basis. This form of care, though to some extent uncommon, is sometimes necessary as a precaution for clients who are afflicted with very severe medical conditions, but who also wish to remain in their own home environment despite their situation. Around-the-clock shifts are worked by several certified aides who share the workload and typically work in 8 or 12 hour shifts.

There are a multitude of continuous care options available to those in need of more than just a few hours of home care each day -- and usually one of them can help the care recipient to stay in his or her own home while also receiving the care that they need to keep both safe and comfortable day in and day out.

Jason Portadin

Jason Portadin is the Co-Managing Partner at SYNERGY HomeCare of Mid-Jersey. Please feel free to call us with any questions related to our blog or the home care needs of a loved one. We're always available to answer your questions or to provide general information about home care services. We're also available to schedule a free in-home assessment if you believe that would be beneficial.

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