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Deciding What Type of In-Home Care Is Best for Your Senior Parent

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Most seniors would prefer to age in place, enjoying the familiarity and comfort of their own homes. The reality for seniors is that with age may come the need for a little more help when doing regular tasks around the house. Adult children are often responsible for helping out their parents when they can, but many rely on the extra care of an in-home care professional.

Home care for seniors can allow more elderly residents to stay at home longer without moving to a facility. Every senior will require a different type and level of care, and it will be up to their family members to help them determine what type of in-home care they need.

Seniors may only require help a few hours a week, when others may need 24-hour care. Seniors that have issues with dementia or Alzheimers need a different style and level of care. When it comes to your senior parent, understanding in-home care versus Memory care can be a crucial part of your decision.


Types of In-Home Care

The level and type of care required for seniors vary significantly from case to case. In-home care is offered for seniors that need either non-medical care like help with daily activities or medical assistance providing support with medications or mobility. The most common types of in-home care include:

Personal Care

Help with daily living activities like bathing, toileting, dressing, and exercising.

Companion Care

Visiting during meal times or participating in social and recreational activities

Home Making Care

Help with household chores, including cooking, cleaning, and shopping.

Nursing Care

Professional nursing care for injections, medication administration, wound care, and physical therapy

Regular In-Home Care

Most seniors require this level of care, which doesn’t include a medical aspect. Taking care of light chores around the house, sharing and preparing meals, and acting as a part-time companion are the most valued aspects of regular in-home care. Some in-home care can include a nursing aspect that includes medication administration and therapy. The needs of the senior will determine the level of care that is required. Each senior will be evaluated to determine how many hours are required and what tasks need to be included to establish the best care.

Dementia In-Home Care

Seniors who have dementia or Alzheimers can benefit from in-home care. Although these seniors are still in need of the same services as regular in-home care, those with memory problems are assigned professionally qualified caregivers to address their unique needs. They have a thorough understanding of the different stages and specific needs of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, providing them with the best care. Memory care often includes specialized programs that work with patients to improve and preserve their memory. Establishing safe routines, working with memory-enhancing exercises, and music therapy is an essential part of memory care.


If your senior parent desires to remain independent and age in place, but they need some help, considering in-home care is an excellent alternative to a retirement home. Evaluate your parent’s needs to help you decide what type and style of in-home care are right for your senior parent.

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