Non-medical home care is simply assistance with the common things that a healthy person would do for him/herself on a daily basis. This can include some or all of the following:
- Personal care, such as bathing, dressing and help with the bathroom
- Linen changes and laundry
- Meal preparation and assistance
- Light housekeeping
- Transportation or running errands
- Medication reminders (but NOT medication administration)
- Supervision and/ or companionship.
Seniors are the most likely Individuals to receive non-medical home care services, but younger people sometimes need this type of help, as well. Indications that a loved one might benefit from non-medical home care include:
- Age infirmity
- Unsteadiness when standing or walking
- An untidy home, or one with obvious dangers
- Not enough groceries in the house, or foods without adequate nutrition
- Memory loss
- Poor hygiene
- Weight loss
A non-medical home care professional does not have to have training as a nurse, as no medical care is given. Any medical needs can be addressed by a skilled professional in home, or at regularly scheduled outpatient appointments. However, it is always a good sign if they have completed a basic CPR course.
Overall, a care professional should be able and willing to provide help with normal daily activity and light housework, as well as being a companion.