Are you one of the many people who have heard about home care but don’t really know much about it? It’s okay. Home care is one of those services that tends to fly under the radar. You may see an ad for home care support services every so often, but it’s not targeting the general population.

Its primary focus is on elderly men and women or disabled adults who need support. It doesn’t have to be a permanent disability, either. An experienced caregiver might be hired to support an adult in his 30s or 40s, for example, who is recovering following a major accident or other medical emergency.

There is a wide range of services that elder care providers can offer, depending on the agency, individual, and client needs. We’re going to look at just a few of the overarching services that home care may provide to an aging person in your life.

1. Care and support.

The clue for this comes in the title, ‘in-home care.’ Providing care can cover a wide range of services, including toileting, bathing, preparing meals, assistance getting dressed, light housekeeping, and much more.

As an aging person struggles with their physical mobility or faces other health challenges, it becomes more difficult to do some of the most basic tasks of everyday life. That’s where a caregiver can make a world of difference.

2. Transportation.

Not all in-home care aides will provide transportation to elderly clients. However, for the ones that do, this could include a trip to the grocery store, to a doctor’s appointment, or even to a local park.

Some home care providers will offer transportation for seniors to get to a local senior center, to visit with friends, or even visit with family. When searching for the right elder care, make sure you find out what transportation options are provided through a home care agency, if any at all.

3. Meal Preparation.

Eating a balanced diet on a daily basis is extremely important for senior’s to maintain their health. Quality meals and snacks that include a mix of vitamins and minerals can be time-consuming and difficult for seniors to prepare, however. Elder care providers can do the grocery shopping, meal preparation and clean-up  – all in a timely manner and as efficiently as possible. They can also prep meals and snacks for times when the senior will be alone, ensuring they have a nutritious meal in just minutes.

4. Companionship.

A vital component of quality senior care also comes in the form of companionship. As people get older, their loved ones pass away, their friends pass away, and they visit with fewer and fewer people.

It becomes more difficult to maintain a positive outlook on life when it seems as though you are all alone. An exceptional in-home care aide is somebody who will not just offer transportation, help clean the dishes after a well-prepared meal, or even check their vital stats and relay that information to their doctor, but will have conversations.

They might have regular conversations, sit with the senior, and just be a physical presence in the room. That can be wonderful for somebody who has spent too many years alone.


If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Plymouth, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.