Generations Magazine - April-May 2016 - Four Myths About Home Care - image 01Giving your kūpuna the opportunity to age at home is wonderful, but at some point, you will need to ask for help. Don’t let these four myths about home care hold you back.

Home care starts at four hours per day. Home care services generally offer flexible care plans to meet your needs — even if you’re looking for just a few hours of respite every week. If and when required, you may increase your caregiver’s hours.

Home care is inferior to institutionalized care. Aging in place or in a care home is a personal choice, but home care offers high quality, one-on-one care in a familiar place. Reputable providers ensure that their caregivers are fully screened, highly qualified, and have all necessary licenses and certifications, including CPR and First Aid.

Home care is for very ill seniors. Home care services can benefit anyone recovering from an illness or in need of extra help, including persons with disabilities and frail seniors. It can also provide family caregivers a break. Home care services can range from wound care and supervising medication intake to household chores and companionship.

I have no say about which caregiver I get. Ensuring that you are comfortable with your caregiver is very important. A good home care company will carefully match you with a compatible caregiver to fit your needs. Be sure they conduct a free, in-home consultation and assessment.


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967 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814
Kristina Wong, Care Manager

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