Every November, the home care community honors the millions of home care aides, nurses, therapists, and social workers who make a difference for the patients and families they serve.
This week, November 9 – 13, we recognize home care aides in particular. At ComForCare, our aides play an invaluable role to our clients as caregivers, companions, and friends. They choose to use their lives to serve our community’s aged, disabled, and dying. In these unprecedented times, more than ever before, they are heroes.
Here’s a little more about what they do every day:
What is Home Care?
Home care includes a wide range of professional services, such as medical or social support, that allow a person to live safely in their home. These services are provided by nurses, home health aides, therapists, and more.
“No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration. Their goal is helping society’s weakest members live the fullest lives they can. By marrying high tech with high touch, home care professionals and volunteers allow patients to get care at home where they can be with the ones they love.” – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice
The focus of home care is often helping someone who is aging and needs assistance to live independently, is recuperating from an illness or injury, or is managing chronic health issues.
The services are almost always a more budget-friendly option than high-cost institutional care that would be provided in a nursing facility.
Why Use Home Health Care?
When it comes time to choose how to help a loved one care for themselves, the decision can be a difficult one. How will you know what’s right for them (and everyone else involved)?
We’ve found that often, people both young and old prefer to receive care at home.
- Most individuals are more comfortable at home, surrounded by family and friends who can offer emotional support
- Home care allows for a more personal relationship with the caregiver
- Clients can remain independent, rather than hand over all control to nursing home professionals
- In home care is typically less expensive than nursing facilities or hospitals
What is the Role of a Home Aide?
A home aide provides basic services such as medication reminders, transportation to and from appointments, meal planning and preparation, and family respite. They travel to the client’s own home. Often, their assistance is a big part of what allows the person to continue living in their own home.
Duties provided by a home aide vary depending on the needs of the client. Examples include:
- Light housekeeping tasks such as washing dishes, vacuuming, and folding laundry
- Transportation for errands, appointments, and social outings
- Healthy and delicious meals cooked right in the client’s own kitchen
- Safety supervision and fall risk assessment
- Ensure all medication is taken at the correct time every day
Celebrating Our Home Health Aides
All of us at ComForCare Home Care join in applauding and thanking home care aides everywhere for the amazing work they do. These workers are some of the most dedicated and compassionate health care providers in the field. No less than doctors, nurses or first responders, HHAs save lives.
Thank you, home care aides! Your work is vital.