Assisting Hands provides professional in-home care services allowing our clients to remain safely and comfortably in their own homes.
Our Home Health Care Services
Our trained, dependable caregivers and personal assistants can add life to the years of you or your loved one, making home an even better place to be. Our services include everything from companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, shopping and errands, light housekeeping and laundry, to personal care and help with bathing and dressing.
Who We Are
At Assisting Hands, our mission is to offer our clients the very finest personalized non-medical care, allowing them to live safely and comfortably in their own homes. Sometimes life’s natural events-aging, illness, or disability-can make living independently at home more difficult. At Assisting Hands Home Care, we add life to your years by enabling you to live at home, or wherever you want to stay.
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Why Does Your Family Need Home Care Services?
Is it becoming more difficult for Dad to take proper care of his yard or bend over to take the laundry out of the dryer? Does it seem like too much effort some days for him to cook or take care of basic housework? Does he bathe less often because he is worried about slipping and falling in the shower when alone?
Maybe Mom has experienced a small stroke. She is about to be discharged from the hospital and wants to return home. But she needs speech therapy, physical therapy and help with eating and transferring from bed to chair. She shouldn’t be alone for the first few weeks.
Or perhaps your mom or dad recently passed and you are worried about the long, lonely days for your remaining parent who lives far away from you. Companionship is so important, but when someone sinks into grief or depression, they often don’t seek out others the way they should.
These are familiar scenarios faced by thousands of American families every day. If you’re unfamiliar with eldercare options and how to help an aging loved one, chances are you will learn more in the future! Today, 40 percent of Americans are already involved to some degree in the care of an elderly person. And when older adults prefer to stay in their own homes rather than move to a nursing home or other senior living facility, home care can be a real life saver for family caregivers and their elderly loved one.
Types of Home Care Services Available in Northern Kentucky
Certified Home Health Aides/Certified Nursing Aides (HHAs, CNAs or NACs) are health aides who have received more specialized training. The training requirement varies from state to state. In addition to personal care, CNAs can perform simple medical procedures such as taking temperatures, changing dressings, and in some states can administer medications under a nurse’s oversight.
Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide skilled medical services beyond those that home health aides offer. Nurses can conduct an assessment to determine the care needed and monitor the patient’s condition. They perform hands-on procedures such as changing wound dressings, inserting catheters and IV lines, and giving injections. While Assisting Hands serving Northern Kentucky does not offer medical services, our RNs and LPNs oversee our caregivers in the field.
Social Workers offer assessments, advice and counseling to boost the mental health of family caregivers and their loved ones. Assisting Hands serving Northern Kentucky has social workers on staff who support our caregivers, families and clients.
Rehabilitation Services provide care in the home to help maximize the patient’s quality of life, independence, and safety, and to restore the patient to the highest level of function possible.
Durable medical equipment companies provide home care equipment that will be used over an extended period of time, such as oxygen delivery systems, wheelchairs, walkers, and hospital beds. They can also furnish wound care dressings, incontinence aids, and other products and supplies like grab bars, shower heads, and shower chairs to ensure safety in the home.
Finding the Right Home Care Services in Northern Kentucky
The first step is to assess the person’s needs. Make a realistic list of home and personal care tasks the person needs help with. Work with the person’s health care provider to get an accurate picture of the person’s medical requirements.
The second step is to locate the right home care provider. A reputable home care agency like Assisting Hands serving Northern Kentucky is the safest choice—both for your loved one’s well-being and your own peace of mind.
Some families have gone through the informal network or “gray market,” hiring a home care helper through a classified ad, Craigslist, a nurse registry or through word of mouth. But before you go this route, ask yourself whether you really want to become the person’s employer, with all the risks and responsibilities that the role entails. Think about these factors:
- You would be responsible for withholding and reporting income taxes and paying Social Security taxes. This can be very complicated and could also leave you open to having to pay back taxes and penalties.
- If the caregiver were to be injured while working, you could end up paying the medical bills. The caregiver could file a workman’s compensation claim or even file a lawsuit against you or your family.
- It would be up to you to check certificates, licenses, references and criminal background…and to protect against elder abuse and financial exploitation.
- You would be responsible for determining whether the care provider knows how to safely care for your loved one. For example, if your family member needs to be transferred from a wheelchair, you would need to be sure that the care provider knows how to do this safely.
- You cannot try to hire someone on a seven-day-per-week basis. No employee can be a good employee for long without having time for personal needs and interests. So, you would need to plan for days off, vacation time and other times when the caregiver cannot be available.
- If problems arise, you would be on your own in working things out as an employer. This includes discipline and termination.
Given the burden of finding, hiring, training and functioning as an employer, going to an agency instead provides numerous advantages. An experienced caregiver arrives pre-screened, trained and under the supervision of the agency. You don’t have to worry about tax withholding, or liability. If the caregiver doesn’t arrive, it’s the agency’s responsibility to provide a backup.
Hiring qualified, reputable in home care can help meet your family’s needs and greatly extend the ability of seniors to live safely and comfortably. At Assisting Hands serving Northern Kentucky we want to enable your loved one to continue to live wherever they are most comfortable and avoid a disruptive move for as long as possible. With home care assistance, many seniors can stay in the home they’ve loved for so many years. Give us a call today and learn how we can help.
Michia was absolutely great with my Mom yesterday. I’m sure all of your employees are excellent, but she was absolutely fantastic!Dave Martin
Assisting Hands Home Care has been a good agency. I have worked with others and Assisting Hands Home Care has done outstanding…Terry Sliter