Personal Home Care Providers Referred By Senior Nannies
CNAs and HHAs Provide Personal Care Services
The Help Needed to Remain Independent
Personal care services can help your parent, spouse or other senior loved one continue to live independently at home as he or she ages, something that can be complicated by illness, accidents, and the effects of growing older itself on physical and mental capabilities. After a life of independence and self-sufficiency, it may be hard to accept the need for aid with personal care. Personal caregivers referred by Senior Nannies respect the importance of preserving your loved one’s privacy and dignity while assisting with activities that once could be done unaided.
Addressing Non-Medical Personal Care Needs
In-home personal care may also be referred to as “non-medical home care,” “custodial care,” “companion care,” or “private duty home care.”
- • Assist with basic functional activities of daily living (ADLs) that involve personal care for and movement of the
body, such as bathing/showering, dressing, toileting, walking, and eating
- • Aid with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)—tasks that help maintain a household and an independent
lifestyle, such as cooking, light housekeeping, laundry, driving/transportation, and shopping
- • Offer companionship and encouragement and other “intangibles” that can offset the loneliness, depression or frustration that aging individuals sometimes experience
Personal caregivers are not medically trained, however. They are not qualified to provide skilled nursing care such as injections, wound/surgical dressing changes, or pain management. For example, a personal caregiver can provide medication reminders, but only a skilled nurse can manage which medications your loved one is taking (referred to as medication reconciliation).
In situations where in-home skilled nursing care is required, there is often a need for supportive personal care, too. However, it is common for personal care services to be needed in the home even when skilled nursing care is not.
Senior Nannies can also refer providers of skilled nursing home care.
We refer experienced licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) who are qualified to provide medically necessary home care. For more information on in-home health care, visit the skilled nurses section of this website.
Compassionate CNAs and HHAs Providing Sensitive, Respectful Personal Home Care Services
“My family is so pleased with Senior
Nannies’ services, we wanted to write and
tell you about it. We can’t thank you
enough for being there during this time of
need, your outstanding service and the
genuine concern from both our Senior
Nannie and her aide.”
— Ellen J
If you request nonmedical personal care at home, Senior Nannies can refer carefully screened CNAs (certified nurse assistants) and HHAs (home health aides) with demonstrated reliability and a passion for what they do. The most compatible personal care match for your loved one is further ensured through interviews with prescreened personal caregiver candidates.
We verify training and work history and personal background, then narrow the field by presenting 2 or 3 compatible personal caregiver candidates. The interviews give you and/or your loved one the final choice of personal caregiver on the basis of one-to-one compatibility. Beyond training, skills
and experience, we understand the importance of personal
compatibility when choosing an HHA or CNA.
Referrals of HHAs and CNAs who can provide nonmedical personal care
The physical and emotional benefits to your loved one of having reliable support and companionship are many. And trusting that your loved one is safe and cared for even when you’re not there provides invaluable peace of mind. Some of the many services within the scope of personal care include:
- • Grooming and dressing
- • Bathing and showering
- • Toileting and incontinence care
- • Aid with eating
- • Safety and falls prevention
- • Aid with walking, repositioning
- • Meal planning, preparation, cleanup (helping ensure that your loved one’s nutritional needs are met and dietary restrictions are adhered to)
- • Light housekeeping, organizing closets
- • Laundry and ironing
- • Changing linens
- • Errands and shopping
- • Picking up prescriptions, medication reminders
- • Mail and paperwork organization (help with keeping track of bills and other important documents; assistance with opening and reading mail)
- • Transportation (to medical and other appointments, social engagements)
- • Pet care, care of houseplants
- • Recreational activities (facilitating the enjoyment of favorite activities such as playing cards, attending a concert; Senior Nannies strives to match your loved one with a CNA or HHA who shares his or her interests)
- • Companionship, encouraging activity and socialization
We make recommendations so you and your loved one can decide which types of aid are most appropriate your specific needs and preferences.
CNA/HHA Personal Care Experience Matched to Your Loved One’s Needs
Senior Nannies can refer CNAs and HHAs that are matched based on their training and experience to your loved one’s unique personal care needs relative to a health condition, such as:
- • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- • Parkinson’s disease
- • Stroke
- • Congestive heart failure (CHF) and other chronic cardiac diseases
- • Heart attack or cardiac surgery recovery
- • Cancer
- • Hip/joint replacement
- • Arthritis
- • Diabetes
- • Recovery from a fall
- • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Personal care providers
Availability of personal caregivers is based entirely on your needs. Typically a CNA or HHA is in the home for 4 to 6 hours, for 12-hour shifts, overnight, or on a live-in basis. We can get started with as little as 4 hours’ notice, and we’re available around the clock.