What is home care?

By Jonathan Acton - jonathan.acton@homeinstead.ie

While the definition is simple, the services that encompass professional home care are broad and varied. Simply put, home care is supportive care provided in an individual’s home by professional CAREGivers.

The most common services that CAREGivers typically provide include assistance with tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands and shopping. These are designed to help an older person live a happy, healthy and independent life at home for longer than otherwise possible.

Home care services should be provided by a recognised home care provider such as Home Instead rather than a black market carer.

Home Care

Some people prefer to hire a family member or friend in their locality, however there are some risks to bear in mind. For example, professional caregivers are trained to the highest standards and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You will not receive the same standard and availability of care in the black market.

Where to Begin to Find Home Care Services

People encounter senior care services in very different circumstances. Sometimes it is through a planned approach with a family member, or there comes a point as you age when you realise that a little extra support will enhance your life.

Other times it may be when you encounter a more acute event such as a debilitating illness, or incident which can only be overcome with extra support. Very quickly a situation can become a crisis where immediate home care support is the only realistic option if you want to return or stay at home. The urgency of deciding at this point, who to speak to and which services to engage, can be extremely stressful and demanding.

Talk to your local Home Instead (Mullingar) office to discuss your senior care needs and avail of a range of information and resources regarding ageing in Ireland. A trusted home care professional will also be able to explain the range of services provided, what you or your family require and the costs entailed.

You may also wish to discuss your needs with your family, a health care professional such as a GP, public health nurse or hospital discharge planner. The internet is also a valuable resource with a host of information on care options.

With Mother's Day in mind (at the time this article was originally written) and considering the amazing women who have cared for me over the years including my mother, aunties, sister, grannies and my wife I want to take this opportunity top wish all mammies a happy Mother's Day. And also a special word of thanks and good wishes to all our mammies and grannies at Home Instead, thank you for everything.

Home Instead, Marlinstown Office Park, Mullingar - 044 9385260 www.homeinstead.ie