There comes a time in a person’s life when certain circumstances and events challenge one’s ability to live independently, without any assistance. If you or your loved one is battling a medical condition, recovering from an injury, or is experiencing the difficulties that come with age, in-home care assistance can come in handy.
At Mom’s Home Care, we provide superior, personalized care where most seniors prefer – at home. We offer a broad range of services, serving Santa Monica and other parts of Los Angeles, CA. Take a look at our comprehensive list of services below to see if we are a fit for you or your aging loved one:
- Personal Care
Personal hygiene is among the phrases that mean different things to different people, but everyone agrees that it is important. It encompasses effective bathing, grooming (skin care, nail care, and hair brushing), brushing and flossing, hand washing, and safe food preparation.
The most important and obvious reason for maintaining good personal hygiene is promoting optimal physical health. As we age, not only do our immunity systems become weaker, but our mobility and balance become impaired, making it hard to observe good hygiene habits. This compromises one’s overall health.
If it is becoming harder for you or a loved one to keep up good hygiene, you should consider seeking professional personal care. At Mom’s Home Care, we provide high-quality personal care to seniors who need help in order to maintain good hygiene.
Our caregivers are highly trained, thus are capable of giving professional personal care to our esteemed clients in a reliable and respectful manner. The following are some of the most common routine tasks our caregivers usually assist seniors with:
Bathing is a highly personal way of maintaining personal hygiene. For seniors with balance and mobility difficulties, bathing becomes incredibly difficult. Seeking professional personal care can enable you or your loved one keep up with personal hygiene. Moreover, it can enable you to avoid falls in the bathroom.
At Mom’s Home Care, we offer bathing assistance to ensure that the hygiene of ill seniors is in check. Our caregivers ensure that water temperatures are appropriate, not too cold or hot. They also ensure that all bathroom essentials (such as wash rags, sponges, towels, conditioner, shampoo, etc) are present for a smooth, easy wash.
Many studies have revealed that seniors who have regular hygiene and grooming have high self-esteem and usually feel good about themselves. At Mom’s Home Care, we want all our clients to look and feel their best.
Whether you or your loved one is having a cognitive or physical limitation that makes bathing difficult, our caregivers are available to help. They can assist our clients with bathing, shampooing, hair combing and styling, shaving, manicure & pedicure, and any other grooming needs they may have.
Dressing oneself also becomes more difficult as you age, with the motions of putting clothes on and taking them off becoming more of a wearisome hassle. Moreover, choosing what to wear can become difficult particularly in a cluttered environment.
At Mom’s Home Care, we offer dressing assistance, including help with buttons, zippers, and shoelaces), to ensure that your loved one has an easy time dressing up. Whether getting ready in the morning or changing into more comfortable clothes in the evening, our caregivers will be committed to ensuring that your loved one’s personal privacy is respected.
We also understand that most seniors like selecting the outfits to ear for the day, so our caregivers are always respectful of our clients’ choices. If necessary, our caregivers will work with your loved one in organizing his or her closet and clothes in a way that allows for convenience.
Another challenge that most seniors face is using the toilet. Besides having difficulties using the toilet, another problem affecting about 50 percent of seniors is incontinence, which is the inability to control urine or bowels. Studies show that people with incontinence are at an increased risk for skin problems.
Caring for an ill person is demanding and incontinence significantly adds to the stress. Without proper help, seniors with incontinence can face many problems, including unpleasant odors, skin infections, and general hygiene problems. With the right advice and support from a professional caregiver, this problem can be easily managed.
At Mom’s Home Care, we are well aware of the frustration and embarrassment this situation brings. Our caregivers are not only capable of dealing with all types of incontinence, but they can also help you with toileting. In addition, they can help to ensure that your toileting environment is usable and safe for your aging loved one.
- Mobility Assistance
As your loved one ages, he or she may have difficulties getting from one place to another. Being inactive brings about a host of other problems, such as muscle atrophy, poor indigestion, and bedsore risks.
At Mom’s Home Care, we know for a fact that remaining active in their active years is among the best ways for seniors to maintain the quality of life. So, one of our top priorities is to assist our esteemed clients to find it easy to move around their homes.
Our caregivers enable seniors to remain active by helping them in moving from one place to another. They can also offer assistance in getting in and out of bed, wheelchairs, and chairs. This not only helps to keep our clients comfortable, but it also helps to reduce the risk of falls and injuries. Besides helping your loved one move around the house, our caregivers can also help him or her take a walk outside.
- Housekeeping Assistance
For adults with disabilities and senior citizens, simple housekeeping can become a hard task to accomplish. Mom’s Home Care is committed to maintaining a clean and healthy home for our clients. By hiring our services, you will be relieving yourself that burden and still manage to have a comfortable home to lean in. Our caregivers offer regular light housekeeping services such as:
- Cleaning the kitchen (taking out the trash, wiping the counters, appliances, sinks, etc)
- Cleaning the bathroom (toilets, showers, tubs, sinks)
- Organizing drawers and closets
- Cleaning interior windows
We understand that different people have different preferences in cleaning products For this reason, our caregivers are always ready to accommodate all clients and do things the clients’ way. All you need to do is to let us know how you prefer your home to be cleaned and our caregivers will do it. Besides maintaining cleanliness around the house, our caregivers can also offer pet and plant assistance.
- In-Home Companionship
Studies reveal that loneliness or lack of social interaction increases the risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia in seniors. If your loved one lives alone or is usually alone for long periods during the day, it is advisable that you take advantage of our services.
We strongly believe that no senior should feel left alone. Our caregivers usually provide companionship and healthy social interaction which is a vital element for a senior’s overall health. While at your home, our caregiver can spend time with your loved one, sharing stories, playing games, or reading books. Through this kind of interaction, we have seen many seniors rekindle their old interests and hobbies once our caregivers get to spend time with them.
- Meal Preparation
Healthy meals are very important to sustain a healthy lifestyle for the aged. Unfortunately, maneuvering in the kitchen preparing meals becomes more difficult as one advances in age. With some seniors on specific diets, it becomes important that their meals be prepared in such a way that meets their specific needs.
Our caregivers don’t just prepare whatever meals they feel like preparing. They prepare and encourage healthy diets based on individual needs and desires of our esteemed senior clients. Our caregivers are capable of preparing different kinds of diets, including low sugar diets, low sodium diets, and diabetic diets. With one of your caretakers, it is just like having your own personal chef.
- Grocery Shopping
Studies have found grocery shopping as one of the least-liked chores. For seniors, this chore can be ten times daunting as they may have a hard time dealing with crowded stores or waiting in long lines or parking lots.
If your aging loved one cannot drive or is having difficulties getting around, our caregivers will gladly do some grocery shopping whenever the need arises. We are focused on helping your loved one get whatever it is that he or she needs without having to go all the way to the grocery shop.
Our caregivers usually take time to sit down with our esteemed clients before setting out for the shopping trip to talk about their personal preferences. This ensures that the caregivers get to shop for the specific brands that our clients prefer.
- Errand Service
For seniors, running errands can be both strenuous and time. At times, your loved one will want to pick things up, deliver mail packages or tackle daily tasks. Whatever the errand, our caretakers can offer much needed assistance. We can help with:
- Shipping or mailing
- Package delivery
- Delivery of supplies
- Drop-off services (gifts, prescriptions, dry cleaning)
- Returns (videos, store purchases, etc)
- Vehicle service
- Car washes
If your loved one prefers, our caregiver can take him or her along. This can allow your loved one to go out and continue getting the companionship he or she requires, instead of being left alone at home.
When your loved one loses his or her ability to drive on his or her own, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she cannot go out and do the things they enjoyed doing. At Mom’s Home Care, we can help your loved one maintain his or her independence by offering transportation assistance.
For seniors who cannot drive or those with mobility problems that limit their ability to move from one place to another, our caregivers can provide transportation incidental to other services such as:
- Doctor’s appointments
- Therapy sessions
- Medical procedures
- Religious services
- Special events (birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc)
- Hair appointments
- Visits with family or friends
Our caregivers can help your loved one go just about anywhere he or she may want to go. By being out and about, your loved one can greatly benefit both physically, mentally, and spiritually.
- Medication Management
Seniors rely on both over-the-counter and prescription medications more than any other age group. Proper administration of medications is very important to your loved one’s health. For most seniors, taking the proper administration of multiple medicines through the day can be a huge challenge. If your loved one is not taking medicines appropriately, you should take it as a red flag that home care is needed.
Even though we do not provide medical care to our esteemed patients, our caregivers are capable of offering assistance in medication management. They do so by tracking medication times and reminding the clients to take their medications on schedule. Moreover, the caregivers are keen on noticing any side effects and reporting them to appropriate medical personnel and family members.
- Professional Home Safety Assessment
Keeping seniors healthy at home is among our main goals at Mom’s Home Care. To do that, the first step we take is to ensure that our client’s home is absolutely safe. As part of our services, we perform a free home safety assessment.
We understand that no home can be 100 percent risk-free. Even so, our professional home safety assessment helps our clients address any minor and/or major areas of concern around their homes.
During the initial visit, our caregivers conduct a thorough home safety assessment that inspects each room in the house to determine whether there are any potential hazards. This analysis addresses areas such as the floors, doors, windows, electric outlets, switches, alarms, ventilation, lighting, walkways, stairs, etc. This comprehensive home safety assessment is a great start to ensuring that your loved one is safe at all times.
Do you or your loved one need any of the above services? Don’t hesitate to ask for professional help. Whether you are looking for prolonged in-home care or respite care for your loved one, Mom’s Home Care is at your service. We also understand that home care needs vary from one client to another. Therefore, we will provide individualized services to meet your loved one’s specific needs.