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What Is Long-Term In-Home Care?

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By Nicole Keiner

Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear gets asked one question more frequently than any other - What is long-term in-home care? And our response is the same - there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer.

Just as each one of us has different likes and dislikes, different interests, hobbies, hair, and eye color, long-term in-home care needs vary from person to person, household to household, family to family.


Needs can change slowly or quickly over time. However, one part of our response remains the same. Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear can tailor our in-home care to each person’s unique needs providing the precise level of home health care necessary for you or a loved one to stay safely in the comfort of home.


What does an in-home 24/7 plan of care include? What is your Goodyear in-home plan of care?


The National Institute on Aging defines long-term care as a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time, allowing them to live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own. This can include care after a surgery, effects of a chronic or progressive illness, or simply aging.
 

Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear has provided in-home, long-term care for over four decades. Your Goodyear plan of in-home care can include:

· Bathing, dressing, grooming (hair, nails, teeth), toileting assistance

· Housekeeping, laundry

· Meal planning, cooking, eating together

· Errands and transportation (doctor appointments, grocery shopping)

· Medication reminders

· Social engagement (crafts, cards, movies, board games, outings with friends and family)

· Safety assistance to bed, chair, car

· Exercise assistance

· Care communication (communication with family, providers)
 

Now that you know what types of care are included, what is an example of a typical day of care? While some individuals have an established daily routine or plan of care, some of our clients' needs vary daily.

Sample of a typical day receiving long-term in-home care

While every day is different, below is a sample of a schedule, that was logged, for one of Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear’s clients.
 

Morning

Ambulation - transfer-stand by assist

Toilet – stand by assist

Medication – reminder

Vital signs – blood pressure, pulse oximetry
Bathing – shower-stand by assist

Dressing – independently done by client

Grooming – grooming as requested or needed

Food preparation – breakfast full assist

Housekeeping – change linens, check refrigerator for expired/leftover food, clean shower after use, clean toilet as needed, take our recyclables when full, take out trash when full, wash dishes, load/unload dishwasher, water plants, any other housekeeping requested or needed

Hydration – offer water


Afternoon

Lunch – full assist

Medication – reminder

Toilet – stand by-assist

Wellness – exercise as requested/needed, proper infection control practices, and use of PPE followed while providing care

Hydration – offer water

Laundry – as requested

Shopping – maintain a grocery list

Transportation – take accompany, run errands


Night

Dinner – full assist

Medication – reminder

Toilet – stand by-assist

Evening snack – full assist

Hydration – offer water

Safety – turn off stove burners and oven, lock all doors as requested

Dressing – independently done by client

Grooming – grooming as requested or needed

Bed Time – charge devices, dressing – independent

Ambulation – transfer by assist


Maia Bachmeier of Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear says, “Our qualified and trusted caregivers help each client to the extent they need. Our professional care team can monitor and track progress for activities of daily living to report back to physicians or family members through our shared portal. However, some days they may need a full assist for everyday tasks. Somedays, they don’t. Our caregivers provided in-home care services customized to meet you or your loved one's needs focusing on comfort, safety, independence, and companionship.”
 

When you decide home care is needed, let Homewatch Caregivers of Goodyear be your trusted choice for around-the-clock care for you or a loved one. To request an in-home free Discovery Visit with a member of our team, please click here. Our home care service caregivers are ready to help create an in-home plan of care that provides the precise level of assistance that allows you or your loved one to lead their best life.

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