The most wonderful thing about human beings is that every one of them is altogether unique, and that doesn’t change simply because of age. As we get older, we stay the unique and intricate individuals that we have been our whole lives. Assuming that all seniors will act the same and require the same things is a cookie cutter approach that just will not work for seniors or those who take care of them. Providing care to older individuals necessitates an innovative and careful approach that permits the caregiver to determine just who an older adult is and what his or her specific needs are to determine the best plan of care to keep the individual healthy and well at home.
In the same way that there are many different types of people with different needs, there are also many different types of in-home care services and providers. Understanding what types of services, or combinations of services, are right for your loved one can help the individual live a happier, healthier life at home. Working with a licensed, bonded, and highly regarded California senior care provider like Hired Hands Homecare is also incredibly important.
When it’s time to seek out home care for a loved one, a geriatric care evaluation for daily function, depression, and mental status is a critical step that a high quality home care service provider will provide to determine which sorts of services are recommended for an older adult.
A geriatric care assessment is intended to:
- Assess all of the concerns and challenges that an older adult might be enduring
- Develop a coordinated care plan to place emphasis on interventions for recognized issues
- Evaluate an older adult’s access to supports that can help him or her safely remain living at home
- Identify care needs and the frequency of care that should be provided
After completion, a geriatric care assessment can lead to:
- Improved health outcomes
- Postponing the onset of impairment
- Understanding changes in health before they manifest
- Improved quality of life
- Saving on health care costs
- Identifying rehab needs
- Planning services to enhance safety
- Discovering early-stage disease
- Determining a senior’s capability to care for himself or herself
- Identifying and correcting fall risks
During a geriatric care assessment, a home care provider should also take plenty of time to get to know the individual for whom care will be provided – his or her life background, likes and dislikes, and sense of humor. Care should also be taken to get to know the senior’s family better. Comprehending family dynamics, personal history, hobbies and interests, and more can all help home care providers tailor the care they provide for the unique people they serve.
At Hired Hands Homecare, we’re committed to supporting the independence and dignity of every single person looking for California senior care. When health conditions and life stages result in the need for a little help or even full-time care, we know the changes that follow can be complex, emotional and daunting. We can help you evaluate your loved one’s care needs and identify the best type of in-home care services to ensure your loved one’s independence at home. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule an assessment in Marin, Sonoma, Napa counties or the Tri-Valley.