Frequently Asked Questions
What is Home Care?
Home care is supportive care provided in the home. Care may be provided by licensed healthcare professionals who provide medical treatment needs or by professional care specialists who provide daily assistance to ensure the activities of daily living are met.
Home care services include help with daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, transportation, and companionship.
When Is it time to consider home care?
As primary caregivers and those who are most aware of the situation, close family and friends are well-placed to evaluate their loved ones’ mental and physical status. If you notice any of these warning signs, it may be time to take action:
Though people of all ages and abilities may be absent-minded, increased forgetfulness is often a sign of advancing illness, especially in the elderly. If you notice that your loved one’s forgetfulness is beginning to interfere with their daily activities, it may be best to seek professional help in the home.
Poor eating habits
Whether due to dementia or other mental and physical changes, seniors often struggle to maintain healthy eating habits. For example, changes in the taste buds may make many of their former favorites seem unappealing. A home care aide can help evaluate and plan a varied diet that meets your loved one’s needs.
Frequent falls and accidents
Falls that could be shrugged off in one’s younger years may be devastating for the elderly. Since staying mobile is a key factor in recovery and quality of life, professional guidance will help your family adapt to your loved one’s changing abilities while maintaining a safe environment.
Changes in mobility and pace
Slowing down and stiffening up are not just expected symptoms of advancing age, they may be important diagnostic tools. Since there are multiple physical and neurological illnesses that affect movement in specific ways, professional evaluation might even reveal the underlying cause of the changes.
If you notice a change in dress and grooming habits, this may be an early sign that your loved one is experiencing a gradual decline in their health. Patients with dementia, for example, may become unable to take care of their hygiene needs without supervision.
What is respite and can it help?
Respite care is non-medical assistance and support provided in the client’s home to temporarily fill in for the client’s regular care team of loved ones. Respite care allows family caregivers to take time to fulfill other responsibilities or to take a much-needed break for self care. Respite care can be custom tailored to meet individual clients’ and caregivers’ needs.
Refreshed family caregivers with peace of mind from having met their other obligations are better able to provide patient and attentive care to their loved one. Caregivers cannot pour from an empty cup - they must fill their own cups first.
How should I choose a Home Care Provider?
It is vital that you know your options to select the best service and price for you and your family. Much of the necessary information can be found on our website and we are always happy to answer any questions you have about rates and the value of working with Soaring Independent Cooperative.
Who Provides Soaring Independent Cooperative’s services?
Soaring Independent Cooperative ensures top quality service through experienced care specialists, certified nursing assistants and nursing students who commit to gold star standards of care. Our workforce receives exceptional training and certification, paired with collective ownership opportunities to promote premium service.
Who should be included in the process?
The client and their family, as well as their care team and physician, should all be a part of the decision making and selection of a home care aide.
Why Choose Soaring Independent Cooperative?
Soaring Independent Cooperative provides compassionate, reliable support for the client and family member in the home. Our home care specialists are trained and certified paraprofessionals. As a worker-owned cooperative, Soaring Independent home care aides have a high-value stake in their work and their futures, which contributes to the quality of care each client receives.
What if I already have a home care aide?
If you or your loved one already has an aide, Soaring Independent will assist in training and scheduling respite for that person.
How can Soaring Independent cooperative help me as the primary caregiver for a friend or family member?
Soaring Independent Cooperative will provide you with training and certification so that you can provide the best possible care for your loved one. You may also have the opportunity to become a paid professional home care specialist, earning new income for the work you’re already doing as an unpaid caregiver to your loved one. As an Soaring Independent employee, you will have career development options, including additional work opportunities, further training, a supportive community of fellow caregivers, and a voice in a company that advocates in the best interest of our aging and disabled communities.
If this is something you would like to learn more about, please complete the family caregiver inquiry form to learn more about family caregiver opportunities.