Alzheimer’s & Dementia Home Care
Aaron Home Care was born from a passion to make a difference in the lives of seniors. Our top priority is providing the best non-medical home care. Whether you’ve just begun thinking about home care solutions or you’re ready to schedule a consultation, we’re here and ready to help.
As a California-licensed, bonded and insured Home Care Agency, all our caregivers are trained and registered as Home Care Aides. The Aaron Home Care team is dedicated to serving clients, 24/7/365. Rest assured knowing that our clients and the caregivers that are attending them are fully supported round-the-clock.
Types of In-Home Memory Care
In general, there are three different types of in-home memory care. Home care companies may offer one or more of the following services:
- Companion services: Help with visiting, supervision, or recreational activities.
- Personal care services: Assistance with dressing, bathing, eating, toileting, exercise, and other personal care.
- Homemaker services: Help with shopping, housekeeping, and meal preparation.
What Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services Are Offered by In-Home Care?
In-home memory care may include things like:
- Supervision to prevent the person from wandering
- Companionship to prevent loneliness
- Light housekeeping, cooking, making sure they take medications on time
- Assistance with activities of daily living (such as dressing, bathing, toileting, and feeding)
- Transportation to and from doctor appointments or shopping
- Managing finances
The Benefits of Alzheimer's Home Care
When your loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, home care has many advantages.
Pros of home care for dementia:
- Home is familiar and comfortable
- Your loved one can develop a more personal one-on-one relationship with their caregiver(s)
- Typically, less expensive than a nursing home
- Seniors can remain as independent as possible
Providing exceptional Alzheimer’s & Dementia Home Care for seniors and families in La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, San Diego, UTC, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Coronado, Bonita, Eastlake and surrounding communities.
How Do I Know If My Loved One Needs In-Home Care for Dementia?
Since Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are progressive, there will likely come a time when your loved one will fail to care for themselves properly. Here are some signs that your loved one may benefit from home care:
- Changes in behavior, such as failing to maintain personal hygiene or pay bills on time
- Disorientation and confusion that puts their physical safety at risk, such as wandering away from home or forgetting the rules of the road while driving
- Decline in physical health, such as losing weight because they forget to eat or aren’t taking medication properly
- Death or deterioration of their primary caregiver, such as a spouse
- Incontinence is a problem you may not want to handle on your own
Alzheimer’s In-Home Care for Seniors
Important Information for Families to Know
When interviewing an agency that provides in-home caregivers, find the answers to these 3 critical questions first.
- Is the agency licensed through the state of California?
- Are the agency’s caregivers registered home care aides?
- Is the agency available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year?
Is the agency licensed through the state of California?
All home care organizations state-wide must be approved by the California Home Care Registry. A Home Care Organization (HCO) license ensures the following requirements are met:
- Valid business license
- Dedicated office space
- Hires caregivers as employees, not as independent contractors
- Has worker’s compensation insurance
- Has professional, general, and criminal liability insurance
Why It Matters to YOU:
Home Care Licensure was set up by the state to protect the consumer, and is a requirement of all California Home Care Organizations (HCO)! No agency should be operating without a valid HCO license.
Furthermore, families who hire private caregivers or choose “referral” agencies unknowingly become “employers,” subject to the all the risk and liabilities that professional insurance protects against, like theft, on-the-job injury, etc.). Without the types of insurance required by state licensure, and without knowing labor law, families could be putting themselves at risk for costly lawsuits, fees, and fines. By choosing a state licensed home care agency, you know you are protected.
Are the agency’s caregivers registered home care aides?
Any working California caregiver, whether hired privately or through an agency, must be registered as a Home Care Aide (HCA) through the state. All registered HCAs are required to:
- Register through the state
- Pass fingerprint/background check by the FBI and Department of Justice
- Be tested for Tuberculosis
- Pass a 3-hour safety training before working
- Complete a 2-hour agency training
- Pass at least five (5) hours of continuing education for every year they are an active HCA
- Renew registration every 2 years
Why It Matters to YOU:
Feel safer knowing that any registered home care aide working in your home will have cleared an extensive government background check, will be free of tuberculosis, and will be adequately and continually trained to perform basic caregiving tasks. This is the bare minimum to be compliant with California regulations. Every individual agency may require more of their caregivers.
Is the agency available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year?
Not all agencies keep the same office hours. Some agencies let voice mail pick up calls after office hours and on weekends. Other agencies forward their phones to an answering service who will relay the messages on. The best agencies will have dedicated care managers on call 24 hours a day ready to help you, right then and there. Find out how accessible agency care managers are.
Why It Matters to YOU:
Things come up, at all hours of the day and night. When something happens after hours, you or the caregivers in your home will need to talk to someone who can make decisions and take action. Basically, you need an agency who is truly there for you at all times.
Additional Questions to Ask About Alzheimer’s and Dementia Home Care Services
Of course, there are other questions you should be asking, but by asking the critical questions first, you will have already covered a lot of ground as far as protecting yourself or your loved one.
Here are other questions to ask home care agencies when you interview them:
- Does the agency lock clients into a contract?
- Is there a minimum for shift-length or minimum hours-per week or month?
- Does the agency charge for different services, like bathing or supervisory visits?
- Are caregivers introduced and trained in the home before starting with new clients?
- What happens when a caregiver calls out sick or cannot attend a scheduled shift?
Aaron Home Care is the Answer
Learn how Aaron Home Care can serve you. As a California-licensed, bonded and insured Home Care Agency, all our caregivers are trained and registered as Home Care Aides. The Aaron Home Care staff is dedicated to serving clients, 24/7/365. Rest assured knowing that our clients and the caregivers that are attending them are fully supported round-the-clock.
Additionally, we won’t lock you into a contract, and your schedule can change as your needs change. We offer a flat, hourly-fee for all caregiving services—we don’t “nickel and dime”.
Give us a call 619-880-5522 if you have other questions. We’ve got answers!