The usual reasons why people need the services of a Home Health Caregiver is when they need assistance in doing the normal activities in daily living and personal care like bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting and transferring.
Caregivers can help in these activities:
Shopping – They do this either with or for the patient. They can accompany the patient’s family member in shopping, in bringing the packages, and in putting them away.
Transportation – They can take the patient to different places, like to the restaurant, the beauty parlor, to the movies and even to the clubhouse to relax.
Laundry- They can carry the laundry, wash them and dry them. They can also help in putting the cloths away and in changing the linens at home.
Cooking – They do this either for or with the patient. They will prepare a balanced diet and regular hot meals which can lead to good nutrition.
Walking and Exercise – Regular physical activity is advised by doctors in order to have toned muscles, better blood circulation which can attribute to a better well being. The caregiver can help in assisting the client in order to ensure the safety in every activity that he/she does.
Light Housekeeping – The caregiver can clean up your kitchen after the meals, the bathroom after showering, do the dishes, straighten the closets, put things away and go through the clutter.
Review Bill Reminders and Mails – They can go through the mail and separate those important ones from the junk ones, be on guard for mail scams and remind the client to pay the bills.
Medication Reminders – There are states wherein the caregiver cannot administer the medication. They can only remind the client when to take the medication and how much dosage should be taken in. They also can help in opening the bottle and in getting water. This can help in ensuring that the client does not miss any medication in order to speed up the recovery.
Someone to Observe – The caregiver can help in looking after the patient especially those whose families are far away. Even just having the caregiver a few times a week can be beneficial in looking after the needs of the patient. The caregiver can give his/her observation of the current status of the patient whether there is improvement or none in his/her situation. This can help in preventing serious health problems that can happen.
Social Contact – For those patients and people who are living alone or living with someone with a day job, it can be sad and lonely. Having someone to be with for most of the day can help in improving the health of a person. Having another person to talk to, to share meals with and to do things with can be comforting and enjoyable.
Respite for the Family Caregivers – There are 12 million or more family caregivers that are employed in the country. They also need to have their own break so that they can rest, visit their doctor, or even meet their friends. There are also spouses who are caring for their partners who are sick. Having a day off can be beneficial in order to recharge their energy and have a break. This can be beneficial to their mental and physical state.