Home Care

Can a caregiver go with my mom to her doctor’s appointment to take notes?

She’s hard of hearing and has short-term memory loss. Like lots of people, when she’s in the doctor’s office it can be hard for her to take in what’s being said.

Yes, HouseWorks can accompany your mom to the doctor and even take elderly assistance a step farther. First, a HouseWorks Caregiver will meet your mom at home. If she’s wheelchair bound, we will assist in getting her into the vehicle. We will also help with any personal health care needs that may arise before, during or after her appointment.

Can a Caregiver drive my father on errands and help get him out of the house more often?

HouseWorks strongly advocates for the idea of aging-in-place. Helping elderly clients to remain engaged and present in their lives is the foundation of the HouseWorks home care service model. Health experts tell us that isolation can take a toll in many different ways, both physically and mentally. The continued ability to do errands, visit friends, attend club meetings, pick up some groceries, or simply go to the library represents a key contribution to our clients’ general well-being and to their mental health. 

What is a Health Care Proxy and why is it important?

A health care proxy is a type of advance directive, also known as a living will. It is a legal document prepared in advance to ensure that your caregivers understand your wishes about your care. A health care proxy names the person you have chosen to express your health care wishes and empowers that person with medical power of attorney. This person (or ‘proxy’) is recognized under Massachusetts law as the person who can speak for you concerning health care decisions if your doctor determines that you are no longer able to make or communicate health care decisions.

Will having home care services result in a loss of independence for my loved one?

Happily—as has been proven throughout our experience with clients—HouseWorks can attest that our aging-in-place focused home care services don’t result in a loss of independence. On the contrary, our home care assistance retains and reinforces genuine independence by allowing clients to feel safe, secure, well cared-for, and free from anxiety. Only then can they focus on the things that truly give them pleasure and provide their lives with a sense of fulfillment. Families can breathe more easily knowing their loved ones have home care assistance without sacrificing independence. 

My father is very lonely and we work during the day, so we can’t always be with him. Can HouseWorks help, even though he doesn’t need any nursing care right now?

Yes, HouseWorks can help you find an elderly companion. While HouseWorks' staff is predominately comprised of Certified Nurse Assistants and Home Health Aides, we also provide companionship-only services. In fact, it can be very beneficial for your father to develop a relationship of trust with a Caregiver now, before he needs additional care. 

What is home care? What is private home care?

Home care is a broad term that encompasses any service aimed at helping someone with health issues stay at home and out of the hospital. Private home care—or private duty home care—often refers to home care services that, while performed by a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) or HHA (Home Health Aide), are not strictly medical in nature. HouseWorks provides numerous home health care services aimed at helping seniors 'age in place.'
 
This may include of a number of supports: 

How do I get help for my aging parent in Boston?

With an elderly parent it can be hard to know where to begin, especially when the stakes are high and time is short. That said, there are many sources of information and advice available for seniors and their families in Greater Boston.

Words to the Wise

Get help from the start – from family, friends, and professionals. Resist the impulse to do it all yourself.

Never rely on a single source of information or advice when making eldercare decisions.

Expect at least one false start. Don’t rush to fix the problem.

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