Often called non-medical or private duty, Personal Care and Support Services (PCSS) help our clients remain in their home, whether it’s to age in place safely and with dignity, or to receive curative treatment from the comfort of home.
Personal Care and Support Services can include companionship and assistance with activities of daily living (ADL). Activities of daily living are considered the routine activities that people do every day without needing assistance. These activities include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, and continence. An individual’s ability to perform these ADLs is an important part of understanding the type of services that are needed. In most instances, these services are provided to seniors who may need a little extra help or in some instances, 24/7 care or even a live-in arrangement.
These services can also be utilized as a source of respite by another person who is providing care to their loved one. Many times, family caregivers enlist the help of someone else—whether a friend, sibling, or paid professional—to help with certain tasks when they have their hands full. An Interim HealthCare professional can be a great relief to overworked family caregivers who need a break.
In-Home Care Services and Companionship
Enrichment Activities Go Beyond Keeping Individuals Safe and Independent
Interim HealthCare’s HomeLife Enrichment® Program is designed to help seniors lead safe, independent and enriched lives. Customized for the individual, this program focuses on the mind, body, spirit and family, and provides a variety of services that go beyond the usual support that many home care companies provide.
Medication Reminders Can Help Avoid Unnecessary Hospitalization
A growing number of adults – approximately four out of five – are currently taking at least one medication while nearly one-third of adults take more than four prescription medications at the same time. Remembering to take medications on time is a big challenge, especially for the elderly. Interim Care Professionals can assist with reading labels and reminding seniors to take their appropriate medications.
Helping With Laundry Conserves Energy for Many Older Adults
By having Interim Care Professionals help with washing, drying and putting away the laundry, seniors can often conserve their energy for more important tasks. Sometimes these services are done in the home and other times assistance can be provided to clients at a laundromat.
Light Housekeeping Helps Keep Things Neat and Can Help Avoid Unnecessary Falls
Keeping up with housekeeping can be a challenge for many seniors. While Interim HealthCare is not a maid service, Care Professionals can provide light housekeeping services including dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Care Professionals also help with organizing drawers and closets and making sure things are picked up to avoid any slips or falls.
Meal Preparation is An Important Part of Everyday Living
Nutrition is very important and helping prepare nutritious meals is often the little extra help a senior needs. Many seniors do not have the opportunity to eat a well-balanced meal, and some even participate in cooking activities so they become involved in as much or as little as their ability and desire allow. Often just having someone to eat a meal with makes a significant difference.
Transportation Helps Get You Where You Want to Go
Many seniors have a problem getting to the store, picking up prescriptions, running errands, going to the beauty salon, and getting to their doctor’s appointments. Although we’re not a taxi, ambulance, or limousine service, many Interim HealthCare offices provide transportation in conjunction with other personal care and support services. Interim HealthCare helps provide the extra support which can make a big difference in the health and well-being of seniors. By providing transportation to the doctor’s office, seniors are better able to avoid unnecessary readmission to a hospital or other facility. A trip to the beauty salon is often just what a senior needs to lift their spirits.
Live-In Home Care Services Customized to Meet Individual Needs
Customizing care to each client’s needs is part of the service plan developed by Interim HealthCare. It can be a few hours a week to full time care. Sometimes clients want live-in home care which means that an Interim HealthCare Care Professional will live in a client’s home to provide in-home care each day. The services may vary depending upon the needs of the client. By providing live-in services, the client and family members gain peace of mind in knowing there is someone in the home with the client.
24-Hour Home Care Services
There are times when clients need around the clock 24 hour services. Depending on the need, Interim HealthCare can coordinate caregiving with shifts of employees who can provide specific services. In many instances, this type of continuous in-home care service is provided for clients who are at risk when unattended, such as persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions.
Respite Care and Relief Provides a Much Needed Break for Family Caregivers
Respite care provides breaks from the daily routine of caregiving. It can relieve stress, restore energy and promote the necessary balance in the life of a family caregiver. Whether it’s for a few hours or a well-deserved vacation, Interim HealthCare can provide the necessary support and relief.
Physical Assistance for Older Adults
Toileting and Incontinence Care Are Provided with Compassion and Understanding
Maintaining a senior’s dignity is very important. Interim HealthCare trained Care Professionals understand how it may be uncomfortable to need assistance with toileting or incontinence care. That’s why there is a high degree of compassion and concern about making sure that client’s dignity is maintained when providing these services.
Transferring and Positioning
Moving and placing clients in correct posture position helps promote health and safety and proper functioning. Proper transferring and positioning from or into beds and chairs eliminates pressure areas on the skin, reduces weakening and stiffening of muscles, and encourages proper breathing and digestion.
Bathing and Hygiene Provide a Positive Boost for Older Adults
Seniors often need help with bathing and basic hygiene. These services are important in maintaining the client’s physical well-being and often also have an impact on their mental well-being. Being clean and having a more attractive appearance can give seniors a new outlook and help decrease depression.
Mobility Assistance Helps Individuals Get Out of Their Homes
Interim HealthCare provides clients with mobility assistance which can include getting out of their home. Being able to move about often helps build stamina and can also lead to improvements in increasing energy levels.
Assistance with Feeding is Done with Dignity and Respect for the Individual
Whether it is the result of an accident or another medical reason, there are individuals who may need assistance with feeding themselves. The trained Care Professionals from Interim HealthCare can provide the necessary support and make sure that every effort is made to understand the individual and what he or she is coping with.