Sometimes we think of home care services as a limited set of daily tasks, or simply as supervision for someone who is aging and vulnerable. Or we just accept that there may be a wide interpersonal gap between an elder adult and their caregiver.
These views are leaving out so many aspects of high-quality senior care at home, which is why older adults and their family members are often left wanting for more.
We ask that you keep an open mind when considering how our caregivers can support you at home, and let us match the right person for you. Of course, our caregivers can always provide support for the basic daily tasks that keep you independent. But they can also be there as a true companion who will help you stay connected to the most meaningful things in life. You will also find that many of our carefully-screened caregivers have the skills and education level to master technology, assist you in work activities, or help you stay organized throughout the week.
Our caregivers can help you with many of the simple daily tasks we all need to complete throughout the day to maintain a high quality of life. These tasks are sometimes referred to as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). IADLS are integral to our home care services, including:
Client safety is another basic, yet important, element of home care services for seniors. Reducing the risk of falls is always one of our most important goals, so having our caregiver standby while you navigate stairs or take a walk though your New York City neighborhood might be an important aspect of support. Changes in memory and cognition can also present safety issues, such as disorientation during the night or forgetting to turn off a burning stove or running faucet.
During the consultation process, we’ll work to identify these risks and develop ways for our caregivers to help mitigate them throughout long term care.
Many of our caregivers have attained a high level of education or developed proficiencies outside of their caregiving work, so you can expect them to be helpful with many of the tasks that require critical problem solving, planning, or organization. Here are some examples:
Whether you want to solve the latest problem with your mobile phone or set up an online video call with friends or family, our caregivers can assist.
When you consider how much time you are going to be spending with your caregiver, it only makes sense to find the best fit possible. Take a moment to consider some of the elements of compatibility between an older adult and their caregiver: personality, disposition, maturity, acquired skills, cultural knowledge, interests. Through our consultation process, we’ll find out what is most important for you and present the appropriate candidates.
Warm, outgoing spirit with an infectiously positive attitude
A lifelong caregiver with multiple professional certifications
Enjoys reading, crime dramas, sightseeing, learning new games and skills
Engaging, humorous, and deeply caring
A seasoned musical theater performer with a history of supporting seniors and volunteering
Interests include singing, poetry, cooking Mediterranean food, tennis and yoga
Kind, earnest, and passionate about caregiving
Over twenty years working with seniors, including individuals with Parkinson’s, dementia, and ALS
Likes Jeopardy, classic films, literature, biographies, baking, and Broadway plays
We were very fortunate to find ComForCare at this point in our lives. Everyone – from managers to caregivers – were kind, responsive, and dedicated. They listened, asked important questions, and worked quickly to find exceptional care for our mother at a time when her needs were changing rapidly. The caregivers were kind, loving, adaptable and patient.
My parents are choosing to age in place, and the people who care for them are so special and make this not only possible, but positive. They are incredibly kind, engaging, motivating women. My father is physically fragile, my mother’s memory is deteriorating, and they help keep their lives active both mentally and physically. I live across the country and feel so lucky that my parents are getting such care. When there have been emergencies, the agency is on top of calling to let me and my sister know.
The first ComForCare companion we interviewed was amazing. We knew right away that she was the perfect fit. She was my mom’s exclusive companion for many months, and she cared for my mom like she was family. As my mom’s disease progressed, she needed more and more help. Too much for any one person, it became a patchwork of various companions to fill in as needed. Every single one of them was wonderful (patient, compassionate, proactive, and in constant communication with me as needed), as was the ComForCare staff.
My parents live in an independent living community. ComForCare has provided the perfect companions for them. The companions provide every service that a traditional aide would, but they go way beyond the basics. They prepare meals, keep an eye on medications, go grocery shopping, arrange, and go to medical appointments, accompany them to activities, etc. Most importantly, they do their best to keep my parents engaged and mentally stimulated.