Frequently Asked Questions regarding Home Care and Caregivers in Hawaii

Q. When should I consider hiring a caregiver for myself or a loved one?

A. Hiring a caregiver is an important decision, and one that should be made with the person who requires assistance. When simple things such as taking a shower, changing linens, and light housekeeping become a challenge, it may be time to hire a caregiver. Other noticeable changes could signal the need for additional help. Things such as weight loss, an unkempt appearance, and any change in social behavior, including not wanting to drive anymore, can be a sign that homecare could be beneficial.

Q. What can a caregiver do for me or a loved one?

A. The duties can vary, and are usually determined based on need. Companionship caregivers can perform household duties, including light housekeeping, changing linens, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, and preparing meals. Activities such as going for walks, doing exercises, reading aloud, playing games, and going for outings and/or appointments. Generally companions are not trained to perform personal care duties such as bathing, toileting, and incontinence assistance. Nurse Aides are trained to perform all of the duties mentioned above, as well as skilled duties, such as tube feedings, ostomy care, changing dressings, and more.

Q. What are the biggest benefits of hiring an in-home caregiver?

A. The first and foremost benefit is that the senior can remain in their own home. Studies have shown that seniors are happier, live longer, eat better, and prefer to live in their own homes. Having a caregiver provides valuable peace of mind to family caregivers, and can ensure the safety and well-being of the senior who may be left alone during the day. Using a hired caregiver can also give much needed respite to family caregivers, who often need additional support.