What kind of care do you or your loved one need? When defining types of care, you may have heard the words activities of daily living and the instrumental activities of daily living.
Simply, the activities of daily living are basic, routine tasks that most people can perform without assistance. These include items such as bathing, dressing, eating, and using the toilet. Assistance with the activities of daily living is called Personal Care.
The instrumental activities of daily living are also necessary activities that may require added steps. These include items such as cooking, driving, and house cleaning and maintenance. Assistance with the instrumental activities of daily living is called Companion Care.
A person’s ability (or inability) to adequately perform both groups of activities helps define the services needed to live safely and independently.
Assisting Hands caregivers can assist with personal care activities, including:
- Bathing, including grooming activities such as shaving, and brushing teeth and hair
- Dressing, including choosing appropriate garments and assisting with dressing and undressing
- Personal Mobility and Transferring to and from a chair, bed or wheel chair
- In-Continence and Toileting Care
Another type of care is Companion Services. These services incluce, but are not limited to:
- Assistance using the telephone and looking up phone numbers.
- Medications Reminders to ensure that medications and correct dosages are taken on time.
- Meal Preparation and clean up to help ensure you or your loved one is receiving a healthy, well balanced, and nutritious meal that complies with any special dietary restrictions.
- Maintaining the home by doing laundry and light housekeeping, including vacuuming, washing dishes, laundry, dusting, bed making, sweeping, mopping floors, taking out the trash, and any other light housekeeping items you or a loved one might require.
- Shopping and errands for groceries, picking up prescriptions, organizing incoming mail and going to the post office, and any routine personal errands you or a loved one might require.
- Transportation, including taking you or a loved to doctor appointments, and social and exercise activities.
Assisting Hands provides a full range of services to assist with both the activities of daily living and the instrumental activities of daily living. You or a loved one determines the schedule, which can range from a weekly visit to 24-hour care, and Assisting Hands® will tailor its services to meet your individual needs. View our full list of services.
Assisting Hands is there to assist and provide companionship when you cannot be. Want to know more about our Companionship Services?