Differences between in-home care, live-in care, and in-home nursing care

Choosing the right services starts with understanding the main options available with each type of in-home health care.

It is good to understand the different options available for aging at home so that when it is time for additional care for your loved one, you know which service(s) are suitable to provide the best care for your loved one. All these services offer 24-hour active care if needed.

In-Home Care

Home care is non-medical assistance that is generally provided by caregivers who are background-checked and trained as care aides, nursing aides or personal support workers. Home care services are available hourly, daily, or live-in, depending on the client’s needs. It can include home support and/or personal care.

Home Support – If your goal is to remain in your home, daily tasks such as preparing nutritious meals, housekeeping, laundry, and errands are essential to ensure a safe and healthy living environment.

Promyse Home Care support provides:

  • Light Housekeeping   
  • Meal Planning and Preparing Meals     
  • Grocery shopping      
  • Errands and Outings     
  • Wash, fold and put away laundry     
  • Changing bed linens
  • Watering plants
  • Medication Reminders
  • Accompany to appointments
  • Pet Care

Personal Care – When personal hygiene and daily tasks become too difficult for your parent or loved one, personal care services can help. 

Personal Care services can be customized and can include:

  • Dressing/Bathing
  • Skin Care/Oral Hygiene
  •  Personal Grooming/Toileting
  • Assist with mobility & transfers
  • Feeding assistance
  • Perineal (incontinence) care/Catheter care
  • Exercise and assistance with physio routine as directed by your therapist

In-home care includes non-medical, and home support includes medication reminders, personal care etc.

Live-In Care

When your loved ones need some special assistance in their own home, a live-in caregiver provides options that take the burden of worry and anxiety off your shoulders.

Throughout the day, our caregiver will be there to help with medication, light housekeeping, and transportation if your loved one needs to run errands or make it to a doctor’s appointment.

As a family caregiver, you know that a poor night’s rest can affect health. Live-in caregivers are entitled to 8 hours of sleep, so if the needs are too great to accommodate sleep, you might choose traditional 24-hour care (around-the-clock care) so there is a caregiver awake at all times. This 24-hour traditional care means that several caregivers rotate shifts (typically 8 hours at a time) so that someone is always awake and alert to help your loved one.

Live-in home care is ideal for seniors who have recently returned home from the hospital or surgery, those who have lost their spouse, and those who want an all-day companion.

Keeping our aging family members in the comfort of their home longer is the goal of home care, and understanding the level of care needed will help identify the type of service required at the right time.

In-Home Nursing Care

For those times when you need a nurse for in-home care, you’ll find private nursing care services right in your own community with Promyse Home Care. The team of nurses offers a wide variety of services for people suffering from a chronic disease or recovering from an illness, injury, surgery, or hospitalization.

All of our nurses are registered with the CNO (College of Nurses, Ontario), have up-to-date skills and are fully bonded and insured.

You and your family will have peace of mind by knowing a caring, experienced nurse is providing your care!

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