Bridges Home Care provides an array of services designed to meet varying needs. These include Sitter Services, Companion, Personal and Respite Care, as well as a variety of systems capable of monitoring patients and providing peace of mind to families without a caregiver having to be physically in the home.
Sitter Service refers to a caregiver simply being present to keep a patient company, and be on hand in case anything should happen. Sitter services are most often appropriate for patients who reside in some kind of facility (a nursing home, for example) rather than at home.
Companion and Personal Care Services:
Companion Care and Personal Care are both aimed at enabling patients who might otherwise need to live in an assisted living facility to remain in their own homes safely and comfortably. The difference between them is in the level of care provided.
Companion Care Services:
Appropriate for patients that are generally self-sufficient, but need some assistance with daily tasks in and around the home. Like a sitter, companion caregivers keep the patient company and are on hand should anything occur. Unlike sitters, Companion Care is usually provided in a private home and the caregiver provides a great deal more assistance. Some examples of the types of services companion caregivers provide include:
- Socialization activities
- Light housekeeping
- Assistance reading
- Meal planning and preparation
- Transportation Assistance
- Shopping and errands
- Help with walking or transferring (from bed to the restroom, for example, or in and out of a wheel chair)
Personal Care Services
Includes everything companion caregivers do plus a great deal more. As a rule of thumb, the difference between Companion Care and Personal Care can be described as “hands off vs. hands on.” Personal Care is appropriate for patients who need assistance caring for themselves physically. Some examples of Personal Care services include:
- General hygiene maintenance and grooming
- Incontinence care
- Specialized care for patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Respite Care is designed to give a patient’s regular caregiver a break. Very often people who require care are taken care of by a family member or friend. This work can be difficult and exhausting. Bridges Home Care can provide caregivers to fill in, while the usual caregiver gets some rest or takes care of business outside the home. Respite breaks can be as long or as short as you need.