Family Feud was one of my favorite shows to watch growing up. I like that they asked the audience what their answer would be to the questions the contestants were going to be asked. You got to see if your answer matched with the top chosen responses and when it didn't you either learned something new and/or were completely mind boggled on how the answer you were calling out at the television, wasn't even an option.I recently did a similar game where I asked five people to give me some ideas of what they thought their future options would be as a senior needing care. All five of the contestants named nursing homes, living assistance services, adult day care centers, and even hospice. Only one contestant heard of home care but did not know exactly what it was.
As I sat there with them, I wondered how many other people were unaware of in-home care services as an option to senior care? I mean who really wouldn't want to stay at home if that was an option?
So what exactly is in-home care? In-home care is the non-medical home care services option for seniors or individuals needing assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), as well as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). ADLs are considered hands on personal care, where as IADLs are hands off personal care.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) include:
- Personal Hygiene
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) include:
- Light Housekeeping
- Meal Preparation
- Medication Reminder
- Money Management
Both ADLs and IADLs are covered under the non-medical spectrum of home care and can be provided by a trained caregiver. In-home care services now serves as a comprehensive alternative to institutional living allowing you to receive the care you need in the comfort of your home.