It is hard for older adults to have a stranger come into their homes and help with tasks that they have done on their own most of their lives. Yet, even a few hours of help from the right person can make all the difference in the world, easing their fears and stress and improving their functional independence and emotional life satisfaction.
- Ruth Friedman,
Founder and President
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What does a caregiver do?


A caregiver helps a client with activities of daily living.
 

What a caregiver CAN do:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Basic grooming and hygiene
  • Transfers
  • Ambulation assist
  • Fall prevention and monitoring
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Companionship
  • Escorts to appointments

Additional tasks that can be performed following proper assessment and approval by our clinical case manager:
  • Medication reminders
  • Oral suctioning
  • Catheter bag changes
  • Ostomy bag changes
  • Skin care to unbroken areas
  • Feeding a client that is able to sit upright and swallow independently

 

Our company is accredited through the Joint Commission, a national organization that ensures that home health agencies meet and maintain high standards of care.  As a result, there are limitations applied to our services for the sake of safety. 

What a caregiver CANNOT do:

  • Injections
  • Wound care
  • Tube feeding or intravenous nutrition
  • Respiratory care including postural drainage, cupping or adjusting oxygen flow
  • Toenail trimming
  • Insertion, removal or flushing of a catheter
  • Enemas or suppositories
  • Nasal, tracheal or endotracheal suctioning

Our accreditation guidelines do not allow a caregiver to perform any type of injections, which can make managing a client's insulin difficult.  However, the caregiver may be able to assist in a limited fashion if the client is able to direct their own care.  The case manager will evaluate the situation fully and make recommendations.  It can be helpful to discuss insulin management with a physician to explore options. 

For clients who need help filling their pill boxes, this service can be arranged by the case manager for a separate fee.  Please call for more details.