Choosing the Best In-Home Care for You

Moon River Senior Care and Transportation - In-Home Health Care Services | Ashburn VA

Do you believe in-home care would be beneficial to you? Do you have no idea where to begin? Here’s how you can start.

by Claire Brenner · Jan 06, 2023

According to the AARP’s “Home and Community Preferences” survey, more than three-quarters of those aged 50 and up want to age in place. Unfortunately, illnesses and disabilities can complicate matters for those who are aging. If your loved one is struggling with aging in place, in-home care can help.

Finding in-home care can be a daunting experience because you want to find only the best services for your family and you may wonder, “So what exactly is the care that my loved one requires?” Here is some information for you.

What Exactly is In-Home Care?

In-home Care allows people to age in place, or continue living independently in their own home. Personal care and companion care are the two types of in-home care.

Companion Care

A companion provides social interaction and can assist with daily tasks and chores. They can also arrange for and accompany clients to medical appointments, social activities, and errands. Companion care primarily provides emotional support and socialization to the client.

Companion care services include the following:

  • Medication reminders
  • Home organization
  • Calendar management
  • Laundry and light housekeeping (no more than 20 percent of any shift should be spent cleaning)
  • Transportation
  • Pet care

If your loved one lives independently and wants to stay in their home but has difficulty with certain daily tasks, companion care can be extremely beneficial to their happiness and wellbeing.


Personal Care

A personal care aide can assist with activities of daily living (ADLs) as well as more personal tasks. They may also assist with the companion care duties outlined above.

Personal care services include the following:

  • Transfers
  • Showering
  • Dressing
  • Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Feeding

If your loved one needs help with personal tasks, personal care can provide you and your loved one with the peace of mind they require to age in place.



Getting Started

The first step toward receiving care is arranging for an in-home assessment. Before beginning home health services, a registered nurse will visit the client and develop a care plan.

Moon River Senior Care and Transportation is a licensed home health care provider that provides companion as well as personal care. There is no enrollment fee or requirement to use a minimum number of hours per week in our private-pay program. Clients can reserve time on a daily, weekly, or as-needed basis.

At Moon River Senior Care, we believe that the best care is delivered through a team approach, whenever possible, and we offer flexibility in scheduling to accommodate changes in our clients’ needs. The caregivers at Moon River Senior Care and Transportation are trained to help with the activities of daily living (ADL), and we hire caregivers that we would trust to assist our own family members. Employees of Moon River Senior Care and Transportation must have a clean criminal record, excellent professional references, and a stable work history.

Call us today at (703) 766-5758 for more information, or fill out the contact form and let us know how we can help.

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