What is Non-Medical Home Care?

Non-medical home care is simply assistance with the common things that a healthy person would do for him/herself on a daily basis. This can include some or all of the following:

  • Ÿ  Personal care, such as bathing, dressing and help with the bathroom
  • Ÿ  Linen changes and laundry
  • Ÿ  Meal preparation and assistance
  • Ÿ  Light housekeeping
  • Ÿ  Transportation or running errands
  • Ÿ  Medication reminders (but NOT medication administration)
  • Ÿ  Supervision and/ or companionship.

Seniors are the most likely Individuals to receive non-medical home care services, but younger people sometimes need this type of help, as well.  Indications that a loved one might benefit from non-medical home care include:

  • Ÿ  Age infirmity
  • Ÿ  Unsteadiness when standing or walking
  • Ÿ  An untidy home, or one with obvious dangers
  • Ÿ  Not enough groceries in the house, or foods without adequate nutrition
  • Ÿ  Memory loss
  • Ÿ  Poor hygiene
  • Ÿ  Weight loss

A non-medical home care professional does not have to have training as a nurse, as no medical care is given. Any medical needs can be addressed by a skilled professional in home, or at regularly scheduled outpatient appointments. However, it is always a good sign if they have completed a basic CPR course.

Overall, a care professional should be able and willing to provide help with normal daily activity and light housework, as well as being a companion.

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