The need for a caretaker can sound scary but it does not have to be. There are different types of caregivers that are trained to meet different needs. You may need skilled or non-skilled caretakers for your specific circumstances.
The major difference between the two is that one can provide medical care while the other cannot. There is a possibility that you may need both caretaking services at some point during your care. You may also need to consider if you will need these services in the short or long term.
What is a Skilled Caretaker?
A skilled caretaker can provide medical services at home or at a facility depending on the needs of the patient. Skilled caretakers can provide the following:
- Wound care
- Physical therapy
- Intravenous (IV) therapy
- Catheter care
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Monitoring medical equipment
What is a Non-Skilled Caretaker?
Non-skilled caretakers cannot provide any medical services. They instead help with the following:
- Memory care
- Personal care
- Mobility assistance
- Bathing and dressing
- Household chores
- Meal preparation
Unskilled caretakers are meant to help patients maintain a level of independence by staying in their homes. They cannot administer medications or check vital signs. Your needs may change and evolve over time and caretakers can adapt as necessary.
At Davetta Care, we will come up with an initial care plan and as your needs change we can revisit that plan. There may come a time when non-skilled caretakers are no longer beneficial to your condition.
We have various kinds of caretakers we work with. So if you need to transition from an unskilled caretaker to a skilled caretaker, we can make the process easier.
Skilled Caretakers And At-home Care
Non-skilled and skilled caretakers can provide their services in the home so you can stay comfortable. There may be times when you or your loved one will need to seek these services at a facility. This can be due to the ailment progressing and at-home care no longer being an option. Certain medical procedures and care may not be able to be done at home which is another reason why services may need to be done at a facility.
Other Services Offered by Skilled Caretakers
When it comes to other types of services offered by skilled caretakers, some of these services are focused on different forms of therapy. The first we briefly discussed is physical therapy. This requires a team to come up with a plan that must then be followed by your nurse.
Occupational therapy which consists of coordination, memory training, and basic tasks like getting dressed is another therapy a skilled caretaker can help with. Speech therapy is another service that skilled caretakers offer. This involves patients who have communication issues, a swallowing dysfunction, or other speech impediments.
Hiring Skilled Caretakers Provided by Davetta Care
Your family may need to come to the decision to hire skilled or non-skilled caretakers and now that you know the difference the process can truly begin. The goal of caretakers is to help your loved ones with their needs whether it be for a short time period or a long time period.