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Considering Home Care for Your Aging Parent?

Jan 11, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing

Many family caregivers that are responsible for elderly parents hire a home care provider to help them with the duties and tasks they face. There are many instances where a senior may be in need of a home care provider.

Here are just a few scenarios of family caregivers and their aging relatives that could benefit from a home care assistant:

  • An elderly woman who cannot physically help her husband move around after he is bedridden. 
  • A daughter who works full time and can’t be there for her elderly father.
  • An elderly man that has lost his driving privileges but wants to stay involved with social events at the senior citizen’s center.
  • An aging mom that can’t shower or bathe herself, but is uncomfortable with her adult son and daughter helping out.
  • An elderly widower who hasn’t cooked for himself for decades and only eats junk food now.

There are thousands of cases like this across the country, where family caregivers and their elderly loved ones simply cannot do everything that needs to be done when it comes to senior caregiving. A home care aide can solve a lot of these problems by helping out with a range of activities that center around the needs of the elderly. From chores to companionship, a home care provider really makes a difference to seniors and caregivers.

Known by many different names, like elder care aides, personal care assistants and senior caregivers, a home care provider is trained to provide help and support for seniors that cannot do many of daily tasks on their own. Hiring a home care provider often means the difference between an elderly person staying in their own home instead of going to a long-term care facility. Home care aides also help the family caregiver share the stress and responsibility so they can get regular breaks. 

Here are just a few areas where home care aides can take over caregiving duties:

  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Medication reminders
  • Grocery shopping and running errands
  • Lifting and moving (such as from the bed to a chair)
  • Meal and snack preparation
  • Grooming and hygiene
  • Bathing and showering
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Toilet care
  • Companionship
  • Transportation

It’s important for family caregivers to take some time to hire the right home care provider for their aging parent. They need to look at a home care agency’s background and reputation, and verify their licensing and credentials. They should also ask for references from past and current clients. After closely looking at the service details, from transportation and liability to emergency procedures and cost, family caregivers can make the best decision for their aging parent’s needs. 


If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care in Clinton, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.

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