In-home care is not just for seniors. The caring and helpful services provided by in-home caregivers also benefits those with special needs. In-home caregivers are trained to assist any person who struggles with Activities of Daily Living. A young person with special needs, or a family with a special needs child, may find an improved quality of life by retaining the services of an in-home caregiver.
Personalized Attention from an In-Home Caregiver
An in-home caregiver can provide a person with special needs individual, one-on-one care. An in-home caregiver can provide love, support, patience, and companionship. With an in-home caregiver, support is always professional and tender. It is vital to the health and happiness of a person with special needs that they are cared for by someone who is nurturing, supportive, and properly trained. Personalize attention from a caregiver can help those with special needs feel secure and loved.
Assistance with Hygiene & Grooming
An in-home caregiver can help those with special needs with showering, dressing, and grooming habits. In-home caregivers provide ease of access to showers, preventing slipping and falling as well as avoidable subsequent injuries. In-home caregivers can also ease the processes of grooming, such as brushing hair, shaving, brushing teeth, and tending to nails. For some with special needs, these tasks can be difficult or painful and often result in a decline of personal hygiene. An in-home caregiver can even assist with dressing. An in-home caregiver can assist with all these tasks, preventing unnecessary pain and difficulty, and helping to maintain a health grooming habit. All of these self-care services provided by in-home caregivers positively impact the lives of those with special needs. Caring for hygiene and grooming improves overall quality of life.
Assistance with Meals & Eating
An in-home caregiver can prepare meals for those with special needs who may otherwise have difficulty preparing their own meals. Meals prepared by an in-home caregiver are healthy and nutritious, often having a positive effect on the person’s diet. An in-home caregiver also manages all post-cooking clean-up. Those with special needs who have trouble preparing meals are at risk of injuring or burning themselves in the kitchen. The meal preparations provided by an in-home caregiver prevent avoidable injuries and risks in the kitchen while also providing a more healthy range of foods. For those who have difficulty eating, in-home caregivers are also trained to provide assistance.
Assistance with Mobility
In-home caregivers can have a profound, positive impact on the mobility of those with special needs. In-home caregivers can help with movement around the house, easing transitions on stairs and from room to room. In-home caregivers are also trained to provide basic physical-therapy assistance, helping those with special needs conduct any physical therapy regimens. In-home caregivers can also assist with very low-impact physical activities that ease any pain or discomfort.
In-home caregivers’ assistance with mobility extends outside of the home. In-home caregivers can also provide transportation to those with special needs. An in-home caregiver can take those with special needs to any necessary doctor’s appointments, therapy appointments, physical therapy appointments, and more. With in-home care, the patient’s range of mobility is increased dramatically, improving their sense of independence as well as both physical and mental health.
In-Home Caregivers and Emotional Support
In-home caregivers provide companionship, socialization, and critical emotional support. In-home caregivers are trained to help with depression and anxiety. In-home caregivers encourage socialization, providing those with special needs a vital social outlet. In-home caregivers support their patients both mentally and emotionally, serving as a positive reinforcement of support.
Flexibility of In-Home Caregivers
In-home care is not only personalized in the services provided but also in the way the services are received. In-home care can be reoccurring every day at the same time, or may only take place during certain days or certain hours such as afterschool in-home care. In some instances, in-home care can be provided overnight to those with special needs. In-home care can also be scheduled on weekends. In-home care strives to provide the most unique, personalized services to each patient in order to best fulfill their needs and improve overall quality of life.