What Is Home Care?

November 9, 2022

“Home care” is a hugely broad term that can mean many things. It can cover a whole range of professional support services, and there is certainly no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to home care. But the thing that all home care services have in common is this: they allow a person to live more safely and comfortably in their own home, offering relief and support to their family.

So what are the different types of home care services, and which ones might help bring an increased sense of safety and comfort to you and your loved one?

Help with meals, housework and homemaking

When changes in mobility or energy levels prevent an older person from performing simple tasks around their home, basic household chores can start to feel daunting. Our home support professionals can help your loved one keep their home clean and safe, as well as provide them with healthy and timely meals. These things can make an enormous difference emotionally, and they can help your loved one start to feel refreshed and physically better. Learn more here.

A sense of companionship

Beyond practical considerations, a home care helper in your loved one’s life can have wonderful social benefits as well. Whether it’s grocery shopping together, going to a farmer’s market, getting a latte, going through photo albums, or even playing a boardgame, a home care companion can help combat loneliness and improve mental health. Learn more here.

Help with going to the doctor

Especially in the later years, following through with medical care and advice is a tremendously important part of daily life. Our caregivers can accompany your loved one to their regular and unexpected medical appointments, help pick up prescriptions from the pharmacy, and remind them to take and renew their medications.

Mobility support

If your loved one is at risk of having falls or struggles with mobility, then a trained home care helper can be an invaluable source of support. Having mobility assistance can prevent injuries from happening in the first place, and give important peace of mind and confidence.

Personal care services

High-quality home care is all about trust, and a good home care provider makes sure that your loved one feels comfortable — even when helping with the most intimate care. From toileting, bathing and dressing to hospital recovery or wound care, our professional, compassionate caregivers can help bring dignity and independence to your loved one, making them feel safe and cared for. Learn more here.

Live-in home care help

Having professional, in-home help around the clock offers 24/7 peace of mind. If your aging loved one is recovering from a medical setback, managing a chronic health issue, or living with a special need or disability, a reliable Just Like Family caregiver can help meet their needs at any time of the day or night. Learn more here.

Respite and support for caregivers

As a carer or family member, your own energy and mental health is important, too. Giving yourself some downtime — whether it’s an annual trip to Mexico, or a standing Saturday morning exercise class — can help you to remain energized and reduce your stress levels. If you feel that your limits are being stretched, seeking additional assistance can be a wise and healthy decision. Bringing in a home care helper can also help improve the quality of the time you spend with your loved one, helping you better enjoy your moments together.

What Just Like Family can offer

These are just some of the different kinds of home care services offered by our Just Like Family team.

We understand that bringing a home care professional into your loved one’s life can feel like an overwhelming, emotional decision. But whatever your specific needs, we’re more than happy to have a friendly conversation, talk about different options, and come up with a plan that you feel comfortable with. Above all, we believe in putting people first, and we welcome you to reach out whenever you’re ready.