You may wonder, how does home care work? What will my daily life look and feel like once I hire Assisting Hands’ in-home support? How worried – or not – should I be while I am at work and a total stranger is assisting my mother, uncle, or child at home? How will I know the caregiver is doing what I have hired Assisting Hands for?
There are many ways to answer these and other frequent customer questions, which we try to do throughout this website. You hire us for the peace of mind we provide. But how can we ensure compliance with quality standards? Parts of the answer come from our intake processes, quality-control procedures and caregiver–selection criteria.
Fine. But those are high-level descriptions. The question I am asking is: what does an actual day look like?
Each client’s needs and circumstances are unique. So let’s look at a hypothetical example built with snippets from real-life cases and common caregiving situations:
Theresa is a busy professional who works long hours and hires Assisting Hands to assist her mother six times a week. Mary, 79, has dementia, is incontinent and needs support with essential activities of daily living. Her memory has been declining rapidly, and other health issues have arisen in recent months.
Due to her intense needs of in-home support, Mary’s case is entitled to one free supervisory visit by a nurse every week. Over the past six weeks, per Theresa’s request, two nurse visits are performed each week. That is four above the monthly plan of free supervisions, and they are paid in addition to caregiver services, at a low fee.
Andrea, the case manager who acts as Theresa’s main contact within the Assisting Hands office, coordinates Mary’s care, which requires two daily shifts, from 7am to 2pm, and from 2pm to 10pm, staffed by Betty and Rasheeda.
|Betty’s shift||Office tasks|
|6:55am||Arrives at Theresa’s|
|7:00||Calls office to clock in and starts Mary’s hygiene routines. Theresa leaves home.||System registers start time.|
|7:30||Serves breakfast to Mary and reminds her of morning medications|
|8:00||Helps Mary with puzzle|
|8:30||Walks with Mary around the block|
|9:30||Cleans kitchen while Mary naps|
|10:00||Calls office: supply of red pill lasts only another five days. Also needs more briefs and gloves. Starts preparing lunch.||Andrea sends email to Theresa, reminding her that red pills and briefs are in short supply. Asks supervisor to deliver glove package on next visit.|
|11:15||Mary wakes up. Shower. Take blue pill.|
|12:00||Lunch & medication reminders.|
|1:00pm||Mary watches TV and has an incident of loose bowels. Third time since change from purple to blue pills earlier this week. Clean and change Mary.||1:40 Rasheeda calls Andrea to inform she is blocked by a traffic jam 4 miles away. Arrival estimated at 2:10 or 2:15.|
|1:45||Write an incident report. Request for nursing team to check blue pills’ side effects.||Andrea calls to inform Rasheeda is stuck in traffic, running 10 to 15 minutes late.|
|1:55||Nurse arrives for weekly supervisory visit. Discusses blue pill issue and checks Mary’s overall health and mood. She notices that the kitchen has not been cleaned as instructed, but takes into account the incident around the end of Betty’s shift.
|2:10||Rasheeda arrives. Nurse discusses additions to plan of care with both aides. Betty informs that due to incontinence incident she was unable to clean kitchen after lunch. She clocks out and leaves.
(Rasheeda is distracted by the conversation with the visiting nurse and forgets to clock in.)
|Nurse takes notes that will be added to the weekly report to Theresa. Suggests discussing strong reaction to blue pill with geriatrician.
Online management system registers end of Betty’s shift.
|2:30||Mary naps. Rasheeda cleans kitchen and bathroom.||Andrea calls to check why Rasheeda hasn’t clocked in. Manually adjusts start time to 2:10.|
|4 to 6||Visit by neighbor. Rasheeda folds the laundry washed the day before while they chat.||Theresa hasn’t replied email. Andrea texts to remind her about supplies.|
|6:30||Dinner & medication reminders. Cleans kitchen. Prepares list of needed groceries for Theresa.|
|8:00||Night hygiene. Prepare for bedtime. Theresa arrives. Rasheeda helps Mary with crosswords puzzle.|
|9:20||Mary goes to bed. Rasheeda cleans kitchen up and prepares daily report.|
|10:00||Rasheeda clocks out and leaves.||System registers activities of the day.|
This “day in the life guide” was developed to help you understand how does home care work. While every situation is unique this guide is a good start in helping answer the question “How does home care work”. If you still have questions please feel free to contact us. We are here to answer as many questions you may have.