As we get older, basic day-to-day activities become more difficult. Our bodies slow down and our minds aren’t quite as sharp as they once were, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Aging is a natural process that requires a little extra help from others from time to time. Some seniors move into assisted living facilities or senior communities, while others prefer to live their remaining years at home. If this is the case, often an in-home caregiver is hired to provide assistance with activities of daily life (ADLs).

At OC In Home Care, we provide non-medical home services for seniors in Orange, CA. Our caregivers are carefully vetted through background checks, Home Care Aide Registry checks, DMV checks, sex offender checks, and live-scan fingerprinting and clearance with the Department of Justice and the FBI. We have the best home care providers in the business, and we’re confident that we’ll find the best caregiver for your loved one. Give us a call to schedule your free consultation, or read on to learn more about ADLs.

Activities Of Daily Living

In the world of senior care, we use the term “activities of daily living,” or ADLs, to refer to the basic tasks our clients need to accomplish on a daily basis. These include everything from personal care and basic hygiene to cleaning, laundry, and other chores around the house. Over time, these tasks become more difficult for seniors to complete, depending on their physical and mental fitness. When these tasks become too difficult for your loved one to take on alone, our in-home caregivers can step in and help them get things done, providing them with companionship and a sense of independence along the way.

ADLs vary by client, and some seniors will have more specific needs than others. We hire caregivers who are experienced in providing customized care for each of our clients. Some of the ADLs we commonly provide home care assistance for include:

  • Meal preparation & cooking
  • Eating & drinking
  • Preparation of special diets
  • Light housekeeping
  • Cleaning
  • Doing dishes
  • Laundry
  • Caring for pets and houseplants
  • Personal care
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Brushing teeth
  • Dressing
  • Using the restroom (incontinence care is also provided)
  • Medication reminders
  • Mobility
  • Exercise
  • Shopping & errands
  • Getting to medical appointments
  • Going up and down stairs
  • Companionship

If you decide that elderly home care is right for your loved one, we’ll provide a free consultation to determine their unique needs before assigning the appropriate caregiver. Whether your family member needs help with a few basic tasks per day or they require full home care assistance, we’ve got you covered. Need senior care for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? We do that, too.

ADLs For Seniors With Alzheimer’s & Dementia

ADLs look different for many seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as their needs are often more complex. For clients with memory impairment, a customized home care plan is needed to not only help them get through each day, but also to help stimulate their memory and manage their behaviors safely. At OC In Home Care, we offer specific dementia and Alzheimer’s care plans, and our in-home caregivers work closely with clients to help them navigate the disease in a safe, healthy way.

In addition to the ADLs mentioned above, many clients with dementia and Alzheimer’s struggle to understand who they are, who their loved ones are, where they are, and how to do about their daily lives. Our caregivers are specifically trained in providing home care assistance for these clients, and we understand every stage of the disease. We understand how scary memory disorders and diseases can be for clients, so we’re here to provide assurance that they are both safe and capable. When you choose our Alzheimer’s and dementia care, you can rest assured that we know how the disease manifests and how to deal with the behaviors compassionately.

At OC In Home Care, we focus on your loved one’s personality and engage them in a number of activities that help stimulate their memory and find a renewed purpose in life. Storytelling is key for recollection in people with Alzheimer’s, as is working on puzzles, reading, doing arts and crafts, baking and cooking, listening to music, and tending a garden. Depending on your loved one’s interests and needs, we’ll incorporate these activities into their ADLs to provide a well-rounded care plan that is most beneficial to them. Contact us online to get started, or give our Orange County home care agency a call today! We look forward to serving you.