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How Temporary In-Home Care Can Help Your Family


Temporary in-home care can help individuals who are recovering from illness, injury or surgery, as well as after a hospital stay.

This short-term care can last anywhere from several weeks to a few months, and it is typically provided in someone’s home. This care may include unskilled or skilled care for the elderly, veterans or people with disabilities.temporary in-home care

Unskilled or non-medical home care assists people with activities of daily living as well as basic tasks around the home, such as these companion care services:

  • Regular visits, conversation and company
  • Medication reminders
  • Light housekeeping
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry services
  • Shopping, running errands and transportation

It can also include family respite care, which gives family caregivers a temporary break from their caregiving responsibilities. Primary caregivers often need extra support taking care of a loved one so that they can not only tend to their own personal needs, such as errands and appointments, but so that they can also take time for themselves and practice self-care.

Sometimes personal care services are needed as well. This type of care can assist with everyday activities such as bathing, mobility and personal hygiene.

Skilled care is a little different in that it is typically ordered by a doctor, and it refers to skilled nursing or rehabilitation services that are provided by licensed health professionals like nurses and physical therapists. This care can include:

  • Medication management
  • Wound care
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Catheter and ostomy care
  • Providing physical therapy

Temporary in-home care can provide vital support during what can be a challenging and stressful time for individuals and their family caregivers. And while the support of a professional caregiver during this time may be temporary, the impact can be more enduring.

Home care can provide a long-term boost to what your loved one needs most – comfort, confidence and peace of mind. The great thing about services from FirstLight is that we can customize a care plan to fit the needs of your family.

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If you need short-term assistance to navigate an illness, injury, recovery, transition or any other life event, find a location today to learn more.

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If you are interested in a career with FirstLight Home Care, visit our Careers page to find open positions with one of our local offices.

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Read more about the differences between short-term and long-term home care from AgingCare.com.

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