What is Non-Medical In-Home Care?


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By Shawn Turcotte

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Senior sharing stories with a Home Instead caregiverMost people want to stay in their homes for as long as possible as they grow older. Very few  ever want to wind up in a nursing home. Finding the right type of support is crucial for you or your loved one for independent living. There are many options available such as live-in or 24-hour home care, and medical or non-medical care.

When you or your aging loved one needs a little extra support, non-medical in-home care may be the best answer. Home Instead Senior Care in Edmonton is equipped to provide a non-medical senior care to support your needs through a variety of options like companionship care and personal care. We can offer a sense of security and provide you with complete peace of mind.

Understanding Non-Medical Care

While the definition of non-medical care can vary, it generally excludes nursing activities. Most people look for a few standard aspects:

  • Companionship
    The goal of companionship care is to provide healthy interaction and activities to keep your senior physically fit and their minds sharp. A variety of activities may be included, such as:
    • Meal preparation to make sure daily nutritional requirements are met
    • Conversations to keep them aware and engaged with life
    • Crafts and games to help them learn new things and stay active
    • Outings to remain social and reconnect with people
    • Regular walks for physical exercise and better health
  • Personal Assistance
    Sometimes families need personal support for their aging parent. It is possible for a home helper to drive seniors to appointments or help with bathing and dressing. The senior may need household duties taken care of such as laundry, making the bed, dusting and vacuuming.
  • Full Assistance
    There are times when a family member needs assistance beyond just companionship or personal support. For example, if your mom suffers from Alzheimer’s, more care may be required. 24-hour home help may be desired for peace of mind for the primary caregiver, knowing that the senior is well cared for. If your parent is dealing with cancer, then palliative care is needed. A home care specialist can become an essential part of the team that keeps your dad at home and comfortable.

Non-Medical Care Options from Home Instead Senior Care

Determining the level of non-medical care requires an understanding of both your needs and your loved ones’. Home Instead Senior Care teams up with the elderly and their families to find the right balance of attention required. Our goal is to serve families continually and help their elderly loved ones remain living independently. We can help you ascertain the best choice for your needs. Our caregivers are highly trained and ready to assist you in any way you need.

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in Edmonton area.


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