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February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

If you've ever heard the expression "once a man, twice a child," this is very true. Many elderly parents over the age of 65 have a hard time keeping up due to illness or weakness. And speaking of children, as small children have day care services or a babysitter who comes in-home to look after them, there are also home health care assistants who will or work during the day - serving as an adult day care provider. Some of the most common duties that these assistants carry out are listed below:

Feeding is an essential duty as it keeps your loved ones nourished, and also ensures that they eat a balanced diet. A home health aide will make breakfast, lunch and dinner, and do so according to the guidelines of a doctor, if the senior being taken care of has certain medical conditions or allergies.

Light cleaning, as with most home assistance programs like babysitting, will sometimes be provided, though it is not mandatory. Some examples include loading and unloading the dishwasher, and also cleaning up after cooking.

Incontinence is a very common medical condition among seniors and many will unfortunately have to remain in diapers. As with a baby, an adult sitter will also perform these duties. If your parent is one who suffers from incontinence, it is very important to outline this during interview and selection, to ensure that candidates are comfortable with this duty.

Transportation services can also be offered. As a senior needs to stay active in the community, whether it's to go on outings, run errands, or go shopping, a home health aide can serve as a chauffeur too, so that your parent remains independent, even if they are unable to drive.

After all, mobility is part of what makes people feel independent and free to do as they like. Being able to move around is something that everyone can relate to and appreciate, so be sure you lend this service to an aging parent, rather than restricting them.

Medical services like administering insulin for diabetics, changing catheters and taking periodic blood pressure and blood testing is something that some qualified home health aides will also provide.

The comparisons between child care and adult home health care are very similar. Both infants and seniors need excessive amounts of care to remain healthy and strong, so be sure to choose wisely should you be seeking care for a parent.

Jack is healthcare professional who specializes in home health care. Check out his Website for more information!

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