What Are Attendant Care Services?

September 29th, 2015


When it comes to home health care, there are a variety of different options to choose from. And these aging in place assistance options usually depend on the assistance needed in order for your friend or loved one to live a happy, health life at home. Sometimes, this help can be as “simple” as companionship care, or someone just being there to spend time when with your friend or loved one when you cannot, all the way to home nursing care and even transitional rehab when returning home from the hospital.

Two services we offer at Alliance Home Health Care in the Home Health spectrum are personal care and attendant care, and sometimes, we know, it can be a little tricky to figure out the difference.

But let’s talk about that.

First, what they are.

Personal home care and attendant care services are designed to act as a surrogate for when you can’t be there for a friend or loved one who requires assistance in basic, day-to-day needs. These needs can range from the emotional, in the companionship care aspect of personal home care, to assistance in chores like cooking, cleaning, taking care of pets, or even getting to and from appointments or grocery store trips when driving may be difficult.

All of this help is under that personal home care umbrella.

Where attendant care services are needed is when your friend or loved one may require a little extra help in their day-to-day lives. Attendant care services, in other words, are there when more “hands on” assistance is required for help in things like medication reminders, toileting help, or even bathing.

And while both services fall under the personal home care spectrum, we at Alliance Home Health Care feel it’s important that caregivers and home health care workers alike know the difference. Which is why we provide specific training for these different aspects to ensure our home health aides are up-to-date and confident in performing their jobs to the best of their abilities.

Which means, for you, the peace of mind in knowing your friend or loved one is in good hands.


Home Health Care Tips: Fall Safety for Seniors and Caregivers

August 26th, 2015


It’s kind of sad to write this, but another summer will soon be in the books, giving way to a cozy fall. And while fall may bring a lot of new joys to our faces, like cozying up by the fire and watching the leaves change colors, they also present a new and unique set of challenges to seniors and those in the home health care industry.

Whether you’re a senior living at home, familial caregiver, or home health care worker or companion, here are some great tips for staying safe this fall season:

1.) Be Fire Safety Minded.

Burning leaves, starting fireplaces, and lighting candles are a few risks that appear more often during the fall. Thus, it’s important for home health care workers or caregivers to make sure that things like candles and fireplaces are put out before you leave, and matches and other flammables are safely and properly put away.

Additionally, and this is especially important for familial caregivers and home health aides that spend a lot of time and someone’s house, take it upon yourself to make sure that a fresh set of batteries are installed in smoke alarms.

2.) Go into Maintenance Mode

There are times during fall, especially heading into winter, when the cold weather can sneak upon us and seemingly come out of nowhere. The nice weather in the late-August/early-September months is the perfect time to make sure that essentials like furnaces or space heaters are up-to-code and working properly. Additionally, if you have a wood fireplace, now would be the perfect time to make sure the chimney is in working order as well.

Taking the time to do the maintenance now can help keep you or someone you care for happy and safe this fall and winter season.

3.) Clear Paths

The season is called fall for a reason: leaves fall. And these leaves can cover driveways, sidewalks, and even be tracked in the house along with mud and moisture. What this mean is fall means preparing for prevention of falls; clearing off sidewalks, driveways and making sure hallways and entry ways are clear of leaves, mud and water.

Fall is a great time of year, no doubt, but if you’re a senior, home health or companionship care worker, or a familial caregiver, make sure to get ready for the changing of the seasons and ensure a safe and enjoyable season.

This Alliance Home Health Care blog is not meant to replace the advice of a doctor or physician.