One of the most frequently asked questions in this industry is, “What types of assistance can caregivers provide?”
In-home caregiving services are a crucial pillar of support for individuals needing different levels of help at home.
Caregivers typically help with four classifications of care:
- Companion Care
- Personal Care
- Medications (disclaimer below)
Imagine someone with the abilities of a taxi driver helping someone safely get in and out of a vehicle. You can also imagine caregivers as personal travel buddies.
Our companion care involves assisting the client without invading their personal space. You can think of them as friends who are ready to help with things like cooking, light housekeeping, running errands, etc.
We also call it “hands-on care.” Caregivers can help and are experts in assisting clients with everyday activities like getting dressed, taking showers, moving around, using the bathroom, and eating comfortably.
Our caregivers are allowed to assist in delivering pre-measured medication from a container or compartment to the client. However, they are NOT permitted to administer or measure any medication doses. Essentially, our caregivers can act as the client's hands and eyes but are restricted from managing medication doses.
We do have a skilled nurse on our team who prepares medication dispensers with pre-measured doses for each day or hour. This setup enables caregivers to assist in administering medications following the mentioned guidelines.
The above information about medication support is based on information we received from the Idaho State Board of Nursing (ISBN) and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy (ISBP), as well as our discussions with legal and insurance providers.
These four classifications are just the tip of the iceberg. Our caregivers can handle a wide variety of tasks that can assist you or your loved ones in your daily activities!
We hope that this information is helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Homewatch CareGivers of Idaho, at (208) 273-9308. We would be more than happy to answer them!