What is Elder Care? What Services are Generally Considered?

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Elder care is best defined as any number of personal care and health care services available to seniors that are tailored to help meet their needs as they age. Services can include everything from home care services, assisted living, occupational therapy or transportation; the list is endless. These services provide assistance to seniors who may have trouble with daily needs.

Elder care services are not exclusively for nursing home care. In fact, elder care services encompass the whole spectrum of senior living including at-home care, day programs, senior housing, assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes and the like.

What is Elder Care?

Most seniors will at some point require assistance with daily needs and personal care whether due to aging, illness or an injury, which may only be temporary. Elder care includes short-term and long-term assistance with everyday living such as shopping, getting out of bed, paying bills, making meals, cleaning, dressing, grooming, pet care, eating, transportation, incontinence care, medication management as well as many other services that help maintain a person’s health and well-being.

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