Companion Care Provides In-Home Support for Seniors

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Alvita Care is a leading home care provider in New York City, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on group living communities for seniors, many who live in places like New York City are choosing to age in place at home. It's caused exponential growth for home care agencies in NYC, and their services are varied. If you've been considering finding an in-home caregiver for an older loved one, there is much to consider. Some of your initial questions may be about the non-medical services they provide. It's understandable to want to know more about the available services and how they can help. Knowing your loved one's needs will help with the process.

Non-medical caregivers provide a range of supportive services connected to the activities of daily living and household tasks. For example, they can assist with bathing, personal hygiene, grooming, and dressing. If an older adult has mobility issues, having someone present to assist and help prevent falls can be essential. When household tasks such as light cleaning and laundry become difficult, caregivers can handle them and pick up the slack. It means family members can spend more time socializing and less time on household needs when visiting. The goal is to keep an older adult living independently.

Many people lose interest in cooking as they age, and it's common for meal preparation and grocery shopping to become issues. Home care practitioners can help with both by running other errands and help get someone to and from appointments outside the home. During the at-home hours, companionship, conversation, and social activities can help seniors enjoy their lives. Many who live alone complain about isolation, and caregivers provide dependable socialization. It's also why matching caregiver and client interests and personalities are crucial because it helps with a natural rapport.

For some seniors, a certified nursing assistant (CAN) may be a more appropriate caregiver or an addition to a non-medical practitioner in the home. CNAs can take and record vital signs, provide support with walkers and wheelchairs, and assist with medical equipment such as oxygen. They also can remind seniors to take their medication on time and help feed anyone who can sit up. CMAs in the home play a valuable role in monitoring a patient's condition and calling upon a doctor or registered nurse if there are changes. Their presence provides peace of mind for family and friends.