What is Home Care? A Look into Your Senior Living Options

What is Home Care? A Look into Your Senior Living Options

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Posted: July 20, 2022

As we age, many living opportunities are available to us. From independent living to memory care and beyond, there are many options for seniors and their loved ones to consider. One of these options is home care.

What is home care? And how can you decide if it’s the right fit? Keep reading to learn more about this unique senior living choice.

What is Home Care?

Home care is a professional support service that provides additional help and assistance to people in their homes. Practically, this senior care option can look different depending on your needs. In fact, home care not only includes services for seniors who need support living on their own, but it’s also offered to those recovering from injuries or illness, managing regular health issues, or living with a disability.

The professionals providing home care may include nurses, therapists, or other aides. Home care can be provided for long-term or short-term needs, making it a flexible option. With just a little extra help, those at home can live safely and securely while retaining some independence.

Depending on which service you choose, home care may include:

  • Assistance with daily routines, like brushing hair, dressing, and personal hygiene
  • Light housekeeping and home management tasks, like dishwashing or laundry
  • Friendship, companionship, and a listening ear
  • Prescribed therapy and rehabilitation needs
  • Other illness or injury care
  • Assistance with food preparation and dining
  • Medication administration

What Does Home Care Look Like?

There are now many different types of home care you can choose from to find what fits your needs. While each of these home care options is unique, they all provide support to people in their own homes. Take a look at these home care services and you’ll understand more about what this living choice provides.

  • Companionship Care. With a personal companion, those at home can receive help with their regular routine. From meals and home upkeep to bathing and hygiene, a companion offers additional care from the home. This type of home care can also be helpful for those who need help moving around, from the bed to the wheelchair or wheelchair to the bathroom. If errands like grocery shopping have become too much, a home care companion can easily lend a hand. Companions may also fulfill social needs by participating in hobbies or simply being there for conversation. You won’t need a doctor’s prescription to start companionship care. Whenever you feel this service is the right option, you can find a service that works for you and your family. Furthermore, companionship care provides peace of mind for loved ones, knowing isolation won’t be a concern.
  • Private Nursing. When home care needs include assistance with a chronic disease, injury, or disability, long-term nursing care provided from the home can be a much-needed solution. These trained professionals can offer important medical care including feeding tube or catheter care, monitoring vital signs, administering medication, and watching for health warning signs. Private nursing home care is generally doctor prescribed, so you’ll need to consult your primary care physician.
  • Short-Term Home Care. If home care needs are only short-term due to doctor instruction from an illness or injury, a short-term home care option can be a quick and efficient answer. This type of home care may also be referred to as medicare-certified home health care. For short-term physical, occupational or speech therapy, this kind of home care can help.

Home care may be funded by private pay, health insurance, Medicaid, long-term home care insurance, or veteran’s benefits.

More Than Home Care: What You’ll Find at St. Anthony’s

You’ll find we go far beyond home care at St. Anthony’s in Kansas City. Here you’ll find the support, social aspect, and undeniable quality you and your family deserve. How is St. Anthony’s different from home care options? Here you’ll find a home away from home that still feels like home, with many other benefits. We offer incredible independent living, assisted living, and memory care opportunities to best fit your needs. Here are just a few perks of St. Anthony’s, that you won’t find elsewhere.

  • Community of Friends. One of the biggest benefits of senior living at St. Anthony’s is being surrounded by like-minded individuals. Seniors can say goodbye to being stuck at home alone. In our community, you’ll find new friends with similar interests whether you’re enjoying life in independent living, assisted living, or memory care. With a full calendar of exciting activities from gin rummy to pool tournaments and sewing club to painting class, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Spiritual Environment. St. Anthony’s is proud to be sponsored by the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. We welcome those of all faiths to come and experience the uplifting environment of faith-based senior living. Here, residents can enjoy regular mass, prayer sessions, or singing hymns.
  • Safety and Security. St. Anthony’s can provide greater safety and security than you might find at home. Our gated community and loving team ensure residents and their families enjoy peace of mind. Our compassionate staff is also here to meet the medical needs of our residents with on-site care.
  • Comfortable Design. Each one of our senior living homes from independent living to memory care is designed to feel like home. You’ll find no hospital-like setting here. We understand how important it is to feel comfortable and enjoy the place you spend each day. Come visit and you’ll see why we’re so proud of our well-designed spaces.
  • Holistic Memory Care. For our residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s, we’ve carefully created a program to ensure that life here is beautiful and purposeful, however different it may be. Every detail of life enrichment, dining experience, team development, and more has been intentionally crafted to create a memory care home like no other.

Interested in what your future might look like at St. Anthony’s? Learn more about senior living at St. Anthony’s. You just might find a new way to embrace independence among friends.

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