24-Hour Care You Can Depend On
For 24/7 senior care, caregivers work around the clock, 24 hours per day, seven days per week to provide personal and companion care that enables the senior you love to remain safe in the familiarity of home.
24-Hour Care Includes:
- A well-matched team of 5-6 personal care aides (PCAs) who share similar interests with your loved one
- Friendly companionship and lively conversations
- Supervision and limited assistance with personal care needs such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
- Planning and preparing nutritious meals
- Light housekeeping and laundry, including regularly changing bed linens
- Transportation to medical appointments and social outings
24-hour care is the ideal solution for loved ones who want to age in place, and who can benefit from having a caregiver available in order to ensure safety. Aware Senior Care prides itself on providing the care local families have come to trust, while bringing peace of mind to clients and family members.
Case Study: Gina Murray, RN, BSN, Director of Aware Senior Care, on 24-hour care
“I love my home. How can I find the right people to help me stay here?”
I recently met with Gloria, a potential client, and her daughter Janet to discuss home care. We had cared for Gloria’s husband in their home during his final days.
We had built a consistent caregiving team and provided care around the clock. Gloria spoke about how much it meant to her and the whole family that he was able to die in his home, surrounded by his family.
At the time, Gloria was very healthy and had remained in her home for the past three years. An unfortunate fall resulted in a hospitalization and then a stay in a rehab facility. Gloria’s mind was as sharp as ever and she made it clear she wanted to live at home.
I explained that we would build a team of caregivers to provide services for her at home. This surprised Gloria and Janet.
Both thought that 24/7 care was for short duration, thinking hospice clients must be nearing death. But this is actually a common myth about hospice care.
Gloria would not need the highly skilled certified aides who cared for her husband who was bedbound during his final days. I discussed the different levels of care we provide and how we create an individualized Care Plan for each client.
Setting Expectations with an Open Discussion
Gloria loved the idea of living in her home and having a caregiver with her. After her fall, she was fearful of being alone, especially at night. Janet asked if her mom improved, could they reduce the hours? I told her we could. We stayed in communication with our caregiving team and continually assessed the situation, making adjustments as care needs changed.
One of our greatest joys is when a client “graduates” from our service and is able to live independently again.
We had an open discussion about the cost of around-the-clock care. It is significantly higher than the cost of live-in care.
They asked the difference between 24/7 care and live-in care options. I explained that clients who have live-in caregivers provide them with a bedroom and bathroom to use.
They typically have 2-3 caregivers on their team who work up to 4 consecutive days. The family supplies the caregivers’ food and beverages while they are working. The caregiver must get six hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.
This scenario works for clients who want someone in their home in case of emergency and the client is independent during the night.
The challenges occur when the caregiver becomes ill during those days or needs to leave suddenly. It is challenging to get another caregiver already familiar with the client to cover those days.
When we assign caregivers to work 24/7 (around the clock), we create a team of 5-6 caregivers. They work in shifts and the caregiver does not sleep at any time.
Finding a Solution
Gloria did not like the idea of the caregivers sleeping in her home as she often needs assistance throughout the night.
We talked about the possibility of Gloria moving to an Assisted Living Community. The care costs would be less than live-in care. Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) have many social activities and provide all three meals.
Janet had toured several wonderful Assisted Living Communities – none felt like the right fit for her mother.
Both Janet and her mother knew that Gloria would only be happy at home with her gardens around her. Janet said knowing her Mom would have reliable, professional and compassionate caregivers at all times gave her great peace of mind.
I let them both know that having a 24/7 schedule, we would be able to create a consistent team of caregivers. We were thrilled to be able to fulfill Gloria’s desire to return home.