Home Care
Home Care


Topics:

General

  • Caregiving and Housekeeping
    It’s important for caregivers to follow these simple housekeeping procedures to protect themselves and their loved ones from infection.


  • Infection Control
    Caregivers must be constantly alert to the need for cleanliness. It is vitally important to prevent infections, both for you and the person you care for.


  • Moving In With You
    If your loved one can no longer live independently, should he or she move in with you? Here are some questions you both should consider.
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Home Care Workers

  • Hiring Home Care Help
    If your loved one lives at home—and you can’t be there to provide daily care—a skilled or semi-skilled home care worker may offer the solution to many of your caregiving problems.


  • Needs Assessment Worksheet
    This worksheet will help you and other family members determine what types of assistance your loved one needs.


  • Paying For Home Care Help
    Home health services tend to be very expensive, but there are alternatives that can help you pay for care.
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Home Medical Equipment

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Home Modification

  • Accessory Units
    Accessory units can allow your loved one to maintain his or her privacy and independence while living close enough for you to provide needed care.


  • Adapting the Home
    Home adaptation is about helping your loved one remain as independent as possible, and it can involve anything from rearranging the furniture to large-scale structural improvements.


  • Help With Home Modification
    You know your loved one’s home will need some safety and/or accessibility modifications, but how are you going to get the job done?


  • Home Modification Checklist
    How to safety-proof a loved one’s home.

  • Home Safety
    You might not have to make extensive modifications to your home to ensure your loved one’s safety. Here are some simple steps to follow to create a safer caregiving environment.


  • Homemods.org
    The Home Modification Resource Center, a service of the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California.


  • Making The Most Of Home Modification
    Keeping your loved one safe is important to you; keeping your loved one at home is important to him or her. Modifying your loved one’s home is the perfect compromise.


  • Paying For Home Modification
    Modifying a loved one’s home can be expensive, but there are several different options available to help defray the cost.
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Medications

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Nutrition

  • Altering Recipes
    Changing just a few ingredients in your loved one’s favorite recipes is a quick and easy way to help him or her eat a healthier diet.


  • Food Safety
    Knowing how to safely handle and prepare foods is an important step in helping your loved one eat right and avoid infection.


  • Good Nutrition: An Introduction
    Whether you cook for yourself or prepare food for another person, good eating habits will keep your body healthier and improve how you feel.


  • Meal Services
    If your loved one’s age, illness, or disability makes it difficult for him or her to cook, there are a variety of meal services that can help ensure that he or she receives the proper nutrition.

  • Nutrition And Loss Of Taste
    If your loved one has lost his or her sense of taste, he or she probably no longer enjoys eating. So how do you ensure that your loved one gets the proper nutrition?


  • Nutrition And Mouth Problems
    If your loved one’s condition makes chewing or swallowing difficult or painful, he or she may not be getting the proper nutrition.


  • Nutrition Risks
    A list of signs that your loved one may not be getting proper nutrition.

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Personal Care Activities

  • Healthy Transfers
    If your loved one requires assistance getting out of bed or moving from a chair to a wheelchair, you should be very careful to avoid hurting your back during transfers.


  • Help With Eating
    Some ideas to consider when your loved one needs assistance with eating.


  • Needs Assessment Worksheet
    This worksheet will help you and other family members determine what types of assistance your loved one needs.


  • Personal Care: Grooming And Dressing
    Helping someone bathe, dress, shave, and perform other personal activities can be difficult. Knowing how to handle these delicate situations will make things easier for both you and your loved one.


  • Pressure Sores
    If your loved one isn’t able to move very often—or uses a wheelchair to help with mobility—you need to be aware of the dangers of pressure sores.


  • Providing Day-To-Day Care
    A list of basic ideas for making the daily caregiving experience easier for you—and your loved one.


  • Toileting And Incontinence
    Bladder- and bowel-control problems can be embarrassing for you and your loved one. Here are some suggestions to help deal with this difficult situation.

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