Our Personal Care Services are designed to assist seniors with activities of daily living. Routine activities of daily living include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, and continence. Our trained care professionals are available to provide compassionate care for you with activities of daily living. Please contact us today for a FREE home care assessment.
What is Elderly Personal Care?
When everyday activities and personal tasks become challenging for a loved one to complete on their own due to medical condition, injury, memory loss, or simply part of the aging process, At Home Care of Louisiana understands that sometimes those personal tasks need a little more hands-on support. Our Personal Care services are tailored to meet those individual needs. Our goal is to assist our clients with their personal daily care routines so they can look and feel their very best.
Our Personal Care Services include:
- Assistance with safe bathing
- Personal hygiene assistance
- Diet monitoring and Meal Planning
- Medication reminders
- Assistance with dressing
- Assistance with walking and transferring
- 24 hour care
- Short-Term care
Our fully screened, dependable, and trained caregivers provide sensitive, confidential care that respects your loved one’s dignity and well-being while helping them remain independent for as long as possible.
What is the difference between Personal Care and Companion Care?
Companion care is a type of non-medical care provided in the senior's home to provide companionship and assistance with everyday tasks such as preparing meals and housekeeping to help them continue to live independently at home. Companion care is the emotional support and companionship provided to seniors who are healthy and want to remain independent at home. Companion care is indicated in cases where an older adult suffers from loneliness, apathy, lack of motivation and/or is at risk of depression. It also may be a means of improving their general quality of life. Companion Care is a preventative measure for seniors to remain safe and independent.
Personal Care focuses on assisting with tasks involving personal hygiene, toileting, and other personal tasks. Personal Care services assist clients who cannot perform or having trouble performing their activities of daily living or ADLs. ADLs are those things that a person cannot live without, such as feeding, toileting, bathing, walking, dressing and changing clothes, grooming, and transferring (moving from the bed to a chair, for example). Clients who cannot perform Activities of Daily Living safely on their own need the constant presence of a home care aid and oftentimes leaving them alone puts them at risk.
How to know your loved one needs personal care services?
Are you concerned that your loved one is struggling with eating, bathing, grooming, and other activities of daily living? These are some common signs that in-home personal care may be needed:
- Increased weight loss
This could signal difficulty with buying groceries, preparing meals, and self-feeding. If this is the case, your loved one may not be getting the proper nutrition that is so important for seniors to maintain good health.
- Mobility issues
As mobility becomes more challenging, seniors can feel restricted and become less active. A caregiver at home helps seniors move safely and restores their sense of confidence in their ability to do so.
- Avoiding friends, family, and social situations
Withdrawal from friends and family is a cause for concern. This avoidance may be due to illness, mobility issues, or emotional problems. However, your loved one may withdraw because they are embarrassed about their physical condition due to an inability to bathe, care for their hair, or dress easily. Personal care addresses all of these issues, offering the assistance seniors need to look and feel their best.
- Increased confusion or forgetfulness
Increased memory and cognitive issues are a concern. Regularly forgetting important tasks of self-care, such as taking medications, eating and drinking, and hygiene suggests that personal care could help keep your loved one safer and more comfortable at home. Our expert caregivers are trained in helping individuals with memory loss and dementia. Here is a helpful article on caring for individuals with cognitive impairment. There are also specific things our caregivers do to help optimize brain health to reduce the risk of memory loss.
- Increased stress or frustration
Seniors frequently experience frustration as changes in their abilities complicate tasks that were once simple. If your loved one expresses anger, sadness, frustration, or stress about performing daily tasks, he or she may benefit from in-home personal care.