Types Of At Home Senior Care Services in Anderson, SC
Find out more about the different types of at home senior care services available in Anderson, SC.
If your loved one could benefit from at home senior care services, it is important to realize that not all types of care provide the same supports. Further, not all types of care providers have the same training, support, and backing. By understanding a few of the differences, you will be in a better position to make the right care choice.
There are many types of care and support, but there are three that are more common than the others: housekeeping, personal care, and specialized support.
- Housekeeping services generally include light cleaning, laundry, meal preparation, running errands, local transportation, companionship, and medication management support.
- Personal care typically involves supports and services of a more intimate nature ranging from toileting and incontinence to bathing, grooming, and dressings. Personal care would also include hygiene supports and help with eating, transferring and positioning, and the preparation of special meals.
- Specialized services may be needed if a senior requires 24-hour care, memory care, or supports that need special training, such as dementia care or support for Parkinson's, ALS, or other progressive diseases.
In-home agencies like Comfort Keepers often offer multiple types of care and employ caregivers who can cross between service types.
Just as there are different types of at home senior care services, there are also different types of care providers. Some providers are independents who are not affiliated with a business. They could be a family friend, or somebody hired through the paper or off the Internet. Caregivers can also be independent contractors who are hired through a home care registry. Registries typically act as matchmakers between those needing support and caregivers looking for employment. While most registries will screen their caregivers, they do not provide training and provide little in the way of "business" support.
Employment-based agencies are businesses that employ caregivers and hire out their services to clients. These agencies screen, train, and supervise caregivers. They also run background checks, check references, and take care of the behind-the-scenes "employer" work including payroll, taxes, deductions, insurances, and so forth. Seniors who hire independent caregivers or who hire through a registry will need to take care of these business aspects of caregiving themselves. Comfort Keepers is an employee-based agency. Each of Comfort Keepers caregivers is a licensed, bonded, and insured employee of the company.
For more information about our at home senior care services, contact a Comfort Keepers care coordinator today.