Non-medical care is often referred to as “home care” or “personal care.” You may also hear the term ADL, or Activities of Daily Living used in conjunction with these services.
ADLs are the ability to use the telephone, shopping, food preparation, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, responsibility for one’s own medications, and the ability to handle finances. A Nurse or other healthcare professional will evaluate your care recipient’s ability to complete ADLs, among other factors, to determine level of care. Having an At Your Side caregiver’s assistance with ADLs may allow your loved one to continue to live at home and maintain independence longer.
At Your Side non-medical assistance may include:
- Bathing, grooming, dressing
- Transferring to and from the bed, wheelchair, walker or toilet
- Walking (fall risk)
- Medication reminders
- Transportation and errands
- Meal preparation and eating
- Laundry and other light houseeeping