Protecting an Elderly Loved One

5 Different Types of Senior Home Health Care Services

by Margie Adams

As we age, we often require a little extra help. Aging in place isn't about doing everything on your own, it is about getting the help you need in the comfort of your own home. There are a variety of senior home health care services that you can access to make aging in place more comfortable.

Type #1: Household Maintenance

Living in a home requires you to take care of the physical structure of the home. That means taking care of the laundry, cleaning up the house, taking care of shopping, and regular maintenance. With a household maintenance service, someone will come in and help with all of the tasks that are required, inside and outside, to take care of your home.

Type #2: Financial Management

If you are having a hard time keeping all of your bills organized and staying on top of paying them, a senior-focused financial service management service can help. Someone will come in and set up a process to ensure that all of your bills are paid promptly, and that important bills are not skipped over. This type of service allows a third party to help manage your money instead of asking a family member to handle the task.

Type #3: Transportation

As you get older, your reflexes are not what they used to be, and you may not want to drive as much as you used to do. There are many different transportation services that you can access to get around, from senior transportation services and buses to ridesharing apps. Many forms of public transportation, such as buses and trains, offer senior discounts.

Type #4: Personal Care

With a personal care service, you will have someone come in and help with everyday activities. You will get assistance with things such as bathing and dressing. You will also get service with preparing meals and creating medication reminders. Personal care services are often also referred to as custodial care services.

Type #5: Home Health Care

Home health care is about taking care of your medical needs from the comfort of your own home. With home health care, a healthcare service will provide you with the appropriate healthcare services, such as home health nurses, occupational therapists, or social workers, depending on what needs you have. This type of service may be covered by your health insurance.

If you want to age in the comfort of your own home, it is important to be aware of all the different types of services you will need access to, such as home health care, household management, and transportation services, so you can build a support network that will allow you to age safely and gracefully from the comfort of your home.