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What Are The Different Types of In-Home Caregivers?

By Jessica Deng

When it comes to finding adequate care for yourself or your loved one, you’ll find there are a lot of options. All caregivers have the desire to help others in common, there are several types of caregivers and it’s essential to know the difference between the different types of caregivers that are available.At LifeWorx, our private caregiver services offer a range of specialized care and services to our clients and the community. Below we have brief descriptions of the most common types of caregivers for in-home services:

Family Caregivers

A family caregiver is a parent, sibling, or relative who provides care for a family member. A family caregiver often provides emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking, and other services on a daily or intermittent basis for an ill or disabled loved one at home. This type of caregiver is usually unpaid but, in some cases, they can earn their living by being a full-time caregiver or they may only spend part of the time caring for a relative.

Non-Medical In-Home Caregiver

Non-Medical In-Home caregivers  provide long-term care to someone that does not involve medical services or skilled medical services. Non-medical home care is the provision of care and daily assistance to the elderly in their own home. Non-medical home care is flexible and adaptable, and you or your senior loved one can receive help with different types of needs on a daily, weekly, or evenly monthly basis.

Private Duty Caregiver

A private duty caregiver can provide a broad range of services, from medical to nursing care to bill paying and transportation services. This type of caregiver usually works from a home care agency or independently and eases the difficulties of everyday life for a senior.

Home Health Caregiver

A home health caregiver can offer physical and occupational therapy, nursing, and speech therapy. Caregivers that typically work in home health usually visit the patient 2-3 times a week to help with the basics like bathing and grooming. Their role is mostly limited to helping the patient recover to the point where they can be independent again.

Professional Caregivers

A professional caregiver is hired to provide care for a care recipient. These caregivers can provide medical or non-medical care in the home or a facility. Their career is to assist another person in a way that enables them to live as independently as possible. Caregivers work for an agency and the care recipient hires the agency to provide care.

Hospice Caregivers

Hospice Palliative Care settings are usually designed for the care of people who are experiencing end-of-life conditions. Hospice caregivers are hired toward the end-of-care recipient’s life. In most cases, the care recipient has some type of terminal illness.

Which type of caregiver is right for your situation?

Now that you have more information on caregivers, you can consider which type is best suited for you or your loved one’s needs. We strive hard to connect our clients with the perfect caregiver for them. LifeWorx caregivers provide the most valuable service to our clients and we provide home care options with you and your family in mind.

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