You’re considering hiring a caregiver for companion care at home services. Your mom needs someone to help out around her home. Before you arrange companion care services, make sure you understand what these caregivers can and cannot do.
What Caregivers Can Do
When it comes to companion care at home, your mom’s caregiver can clean her house for her. Caregivers can complete light housekeeping tasks like these:
- Changing sheets and towels
- Gathering recyclables and trash and taking them outside
- Making beds
- Sanitizing counters, sinks, and door and appliance handles
- Tidying up
- Washing dishes
- Watering plants
Your dad’s caregivers can gather the dirty laundry each week and bring it to the laundry room. They’ll sort items and do the wash loads. Once the items are clean, caregivers move them to the dryer.
After all of the items are clean and dry, caregivers can iron anything that needs ironing. Things are then folded or hung up where they go in closets and cupboards. If your dad doesn’t have a washer or dryer, his caregiver can carry things outside to be dried in the sun. They can go to the laundromat together.
Caregivers can drive your dad to the store, his doctor’s office, or area businesses. If your dad needs a ride to the library, his companion care aide can bring him. His caregiver can even help carry his stack of books.
When it’s time to go grocery shopping, your dad’s caregiver can help him plan a weekly menu, create a list of ingredients he doesn’t have, and take him shopping. His caregiver will help him carry groceries to his car and into the house.
Caregivers can cook your dad’s meals, prepare snacks, and make sure he has plenty to drink each day. After a meal, your dad’s caregiver will wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen.
What They Cannot Do
Companion care aides are not there to cook and clean for you. If you visit your mom for a week, the caregiver isn’t going to cook your meals, clean up after you, do your laundry, or make your bed. That’s your responsibility. They’re being paid to help your mom and only your mom.
If your mom has care needs of a medical nature, her caregiver cannot help her. Suppose your mom has a surgical incision that she cannot reach as it’s on her back. She cannot have her companion care aide remove the bandage, clean it, and apply new bandages. She’d need a home health care nurse for that.
Your mom’s personal care needs are also not something a companion care aide can help her with. If she needs help taking a shower, brushing and flossing her teeth, or using the toilet, ask a specialist in home care about personal care aides.
Companion care at home is meant to help your mom with her social and household needs. Her caregiver can take her shopping, bring her to a senior center or local library for a reading group.