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5 Types of In-home Senior Care

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Written by:

Jeffrey Grossman


June 26th, 2023

As adult children, we may feel the need to provide round-the-clock care for elderly parents because of how they cared for us our whole lives.

But not everyone is suited or able to become a family caregiver, and that’s okay. Our parents’ needs change as they age, and they may require additional support to maintain their quality of life beyond the help you’re equipped to give. 

This is where senior care comes into the picture. 

In this blog, we explore what elderly care is and provide you with valuable insights into the different types of care available.

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What Is Senior Care?

Senior care is a general term that encompasses a wide range of services and support systems that meet the unique needs of older adults in various settings. It’s designed to promote their physical, emotional, and social well-being while ensuring their safety, comfort, and dignity. 

Senior care plays a vital role in the happiness of our elderly parents, providing them with the necessary support and assistance to maintain their quality of life as they age.

The specific type of elderly care required depends on your parent’s health condition, level of independence, and personal preferences.


Types of In-home Senior Care

When considering senior care services for your elderly parents, it’s essential to understand the different types available. Each type of care offers unique benefits and caters to specific needs. 

Let’s explore some common in-home senior care options to help you make an informed decision about which is best for your aging parent.


1. Personal Care

Personal care services focus on helping seniors with their daily activities, also known as activities of daily living (ADLs). These activities include tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. Personal caregivers provide hands-on support to improve your loved one’s hygiene, comfort, and well-being. 

Personal care is ideal for seniors who need assistance with basic self-care tasks while residing in their own homes.


2. Companion Care

Companion care focuses on providing emotional support and companionship to seniors. Caregivers engage in social activities, conversation, and recreational pursuits with your loved one, reducing feelings of loneliness or isolation. 

Companion care can be beneficial for seniors who are relatively independent but desire social interaction and assistance with light household chores, errands, or transportation.


3. Live-in Care

Live-in care involves a caregiver residing in your elderly parent’s home. Live-in care offers a more personalized experience since the same caregiver (or two) supports your loved one every day. However, live-in caregivers are entitled to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, leaving your parent without direct support overnight.

This type of care is best for seniors who require daytime supervision only and prefer having one person care for them day in and day out instead of multiple caregivers on rotation.


4. Round-the-Clock Care

Round-the-clock care at home, also known as 24-hour care, ensures that an around-the-clock caregiver is available at all times to meet your parent’s needs. This type of care is typically provided by several caregivers taking shifts, working in 8-12 hour increments so your loved one receives continuous care. 

Round-the-clock home health care is best for seniors who require constant monitoring, medical assistance, or support due to complex medical conditions, chronic illnesses, or advanced age.


5. Memory Care

Memory care is a specific type of senior care designed for those with dementia or other forms of memory impairment. Memory care focuses on promoting safety, maintaining cognitive function, and enhancing the overall quality of life for seniors with memory-related conditions. 

24-hour dementia care is a specific type of memory care that’s best for those with advanced forms of dementia because it’s unsafe to leave them alone.


Get Round-the-Clock-Care For Elderly Parents

We understand that it’s an emotional decision to begin looking for in-home senior care—you don’t want just anyone in your or your parent’s home. You need to find someone you can trust. 

At Commonwise Home Care, we’re passionate about providing premium home care to the elderly community. Our care managers work closely with families like yours to create personalized care plans for their aging loved ones. Then, our highly-trained caregivers put the care plan into action by assisting your parent in their own home, allowing them to age in place safely.

Need someone to care for your parent a few hours a day? Looking for round-the-clock care for elderly parents? We can help. Consult with an experienced care manager who will explain the different kinds of senior care options available to determine the best fit for your family’s specific situation. 

You have enough on your plate—let us help share the load by caring for your elderly parent. Contact Commonwise Home Care today to learn more about how we can support you and your aging loved one.

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