At OC In Home Care in Orange, CA, we offer non-medical home care services for seniors who wish to live at home with the help of a caregiver, rather than moving into a nursing home or assisted living center. As the Top Rated Local® home care agency in Orange County, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional senior care services that cater to our clients’ unique needs, whether that be dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or just assistance with day-to-day tasks. But what exactly is non-medical home care, and why do so many clients prefer this type of elderly care? Here, our caregivers will explain non-medical home care more in-depth so you can determine whether this type of home care assistance is right for your loved one.

Non-Medical Home Care Vs. Home Health Care

The main difference between non-medical home care and other types of home care assistance, such as home health care, is that non-medical caregivers are not trained or certified to administer any type of medication for clients. Home health care, also known as formal long-term home care, is when medical personnel (such as registered nurses) visit your loved one’s home on a regular basis to provide drug therapy (IV treatments), physical therapy (mobility therapy), and the administration of shots, pills, and other medications. This type of home care is only performed by medical professionals with extensive training and certifications in medication administration and different kinds of therapy (occupational, physical, etc.).

Non-medical home care, on the other hand, refers to home care assistance provided by a professional caregiver who does not administer medication or assist with any type of therapy. Rather, their duties involve providing assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, cleaning, meal preparation, and more. Our caregivers provide assistance with the following ADLs:

  • Personal hygiene
    • Bathing
    • Grooming
    • Dressing
    • Incontinence care
  • Meal preparation
    • Grocery shopping
    • Cooking
      • Diet restrictions
      • Vitamins & supplements
  • Light housekeeping
    • Cleaning
    • Laundry
    • Dishes
  • Mobility
    • Medical appointments
    • Running errands
    • Transfer assistance
      • Going up & down stairs
      • Getting in & out of the car
      • Getting out of bed
    • Exercise
  • Reminders
    • Taking medication
    • Pet care
    • Houseplant care
  • Companionship
    • Leisure activities
    • Observation & monitoring
  • Specialized care
    • Alzheimer’s care
    • Dementia care
    • Family respite care

ADLs & Companionship

When you hire a caregiver to provide non-medical home care for your loved one, it is important to note that they will provide assistance with these ADLs, rather than taking over the responsibilities altogether. Part of what makes in-home care so valuable for seniors is that it helps to close the gaps in what they can and can’t do by themselves. If a client struggles to cook and clean, for example, a non-medical caregiver would work alongside them, explaining what to do while leading by example. This is where companionship comes into play, as caregivers form healthy relationships with their clients that ultimately help them live happier, healthier, and more productive lives at home.

As opposed to other types of elderly care, such as home health care and assisted living, the emphasis of non-medical home care is genuine companionship and personal fulfillment in achieving daily tasks, rather than medication administration and physical or occupational therapy. When you pursue in-home caregiving for a loved one, you can expect them to regain a sense of independence with day-to-day tasks, as well as a newfound sense of contentment and friendship. Seniors often experience loneliness when they choose to live their remaining years at home, and our in-home caregivers aim to fill that void through authentic friendliness and ongoing companionship.

In addition to providing assistance with ADLs, a non-medical caregiver will engage your loved one in things they love to do. This could include reading books, gardening, knitting, or just watching a movie with a cup of hot cocoa. Or, if your family member requires specialized dementia or Alzheimer’s care, we will pair them with a caregiver who is trained in memory disorders, so they can engage the client in fun activities to stimulate and enhance their memory while also sharing stories and life experiences. Aside from assisting with basic daily tasks, such as personal hygiene and meal preparation, happiness, good fellowship, and personalized in-home care are our main objectives at OC In Home Care.

Choose OC In Home Care For Non-Medical Home Care Services

When we pair your family member with one of our friendly and experienced caregivers, we take extra steps to ensure that they make a great pair before beginning any in-home care services. It is incredibly important to us that our clients and their families are happy with the elderly home care services they receive, which is why we set them up for success with an initial, face-to-face consultation, free of charge. Contact us today to get your loved one the non-medical senior care they need to live happily in the comfort of their own home.