Custodial Home Care
Custodial type Home Care services differ from Home Health Care services which are provided by a professional skilled RN or PT because custodial care is solely for personal care assistance and/or providing assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, etc. Home care workers have many labels such as Home Health Aide (HHA), Personal Care Aide (PCA) and Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) all of which provide the same type of assistance with personal care or Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Usually these workers are not allowed to assist with preparing or administering medications. These licensing labels have subtle differences, depending on the setting they work in, but in general the services they provide are similar.
Many family members are currently providing homecare services in their own home for their own family members, but far too often family caregivers are overwhelmed with the tasks of caring for their loved one on their own and often look for assistance for Home Care Agencies or Personal Care Agencies. Having support and help is important for families, especially, as a loved ones’ problems start to increase and more assistance is needed. Personal care aides can be a good alternative to family caregivers when one is in need of a little extra assistance, a few hours a day to fill in or as an add on to an existing care schedule.