Options When Your Loved One Needs Help

Options in Home Based Care


  • In-Home Personal Care—assistance is provided for “hands-on–the-person” duties, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, feeding, and help with mobility and transfer.  Requires a certified aide.

  • Meals on Wheels—providing a hot, nutritious lunch 5 days a week, or frozen meals for those in outlying areas.

  • Homemaker Services—includes help with cooking, light cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and other household chores.

  • Companionship—from telephone calls, to in-person visits, volunteers provide smiles and friendship.

  • Home Health Care—skilled care that can include nursing, speech/occupational/physical/respiratory therapy, home health aides, social work, and psychiatric care.

  • Respite Care—a trained volunteer or personal care aide stays with your loved one and takes over your Caregiving roll, for just a couple or several hours at a time.

  • Live-In Help—Aides provide round-the-clock support.  Room, board and a salary is provided in exchange for meal preparation, light housekeeping, and other non-medical services.




Options in Community Based Services


  • Senior Adult Centers—available in many of the even the most rural areas, SAC’s provide opportunities for socialization, congregate meals, and classes in everything from bridge to Tai Chi.

  • Adult Day Care/Alzheimer’s-oriented facilities—daily, facility-based programs in a community center setting for seniors who need monitoring or companionship during the day.

  • Assisted-Living Facilities—residential communities specifically for elders that offer optional services, such as housekeeping, medication reminders and congregate meals, or personal care assistance.

  • Rehabilitation Facilities—usually part of a skilled nursing facility, but targets specific goals for the patient (PT/OT/ST) and short-term stays for recuperation after major medical events.

  • Skilled Nursing Facilities— residential homes that provide 24 hour supervision, monitoring, all meals, personal care, housekeeping, and nursing as well as other healthcare disciplines (ex. physical therapy).